3 March 2017


Mark presenting

New reference article posted...

Feeding Fulldome to the Masses

Tradition has it that planetarium dome operators purchase their show content with long term licensing. But that may be a fading or certainly evolving paradigm. New forms of distribution have entered the scene, and the rise of virtual reality adds new wrinkles to the business model envisioned by producers, distributors and theaters alike.

In this presentation, we discuss some of what we've learned bringing new paradigms — ready or not — to the fulldome world.

Web adaptation from our talk at the February 2017 IMERSA Summit

2 January 2017


show poster

Now even lower...

New simplified pricing for Starlight

You'll find our "T-shirt size" pricing model in play for Melbourne Planetarium's inspirational, educational fulldome experience.

1 January 2017


Carolyn is wowed

For Web browsers and headsets...

New 360° video trailers to preview!

At Loch Ness Productions, 2016 was another successful year of licensing and marketing for fulldome shows. Now we're pursuing exciting new efforts for 2017 — notably in the VR realm, and how fulldome producers might take advantage of this intriguing space.

Creating a Virtual Dome Space for Previews

By now, everyone is familiar with 360-degree spherical videos. You've played with them on Facebook and YouTube. Looking around the inside of a sphere (by dragging a cursor onscreen, or spinning in your chair on mobile) — it's rather like being inside a planetarium. We think spherical videos work better than conventional flat screens to illustrate how shows look in a fulldome theater.

So we've re-made all the online preview trailers in our distribution catalog in spherical video form, adding to the flat-screen and fisheye versions already posted. Surf over to any Previews page (like Season of Light) and check out the new 360-degree videos!

As you can see, we've made a "VR Dome Theater" — with a virtual seating platform to fill the bottom half of the sphere, while the dome show plays on the top half. When these videos are opened in the YouTube app on mobile or iOS devices, not only can they be viewed by pivoting in your chair, but you can also engage split-screen mode and watch them using VR headsets such as Google Cardboard.

These new trailers are just part of the service we're happy to provide as fulldome show distributors.

What's Next? The VR Dome Theater!

So, why not take the next step and put actual show content that space? It's just a longer render to go from making trailers to making full-length shows in spherical 360 video.

We've established VRDomeTheater.com as a new LNP domain, a site where we can offer fulldome shows for VR. We've started with LNP's own shows first, and simple downloads, for playback on users' VR headsets. On-demand streaming will be more of a challenge, as 4K VR requires a lot of Internet bandwidth. We're in discussions with our producer partners to make their shows available as VR downloads too. Stay tuned!

Yes, VR is a complete reversal of what the medium of fulldome shows has been in the past. In goggles and headsets, the dome show experience goes from a group audience to a personal, individual one. Times change, and we're interested in exploring this new space to bring fulldome content to more viewers.

We look forward to serving you in more novel ways in the future!

2016

Here's last year's news, if you haven't been here for a while and want to catch up.

Mark C. Petersen, webmaster