This FREE webinar showcases the UCLA XR Initiative (XRI), and projects by its associate faculty in the Arts and Humanities. Working with XR technologies of virtual (VR), augmented (AR), and mixed (MR) realities, their work spans research, performance, app development, and classroom pedagogy. Individual speakers and teams will give lightning talks on the following topics: – Teaching app for the research of 3D films in VR – Creative VR projects designed to catalyze reflections on a diverse UCLA campus community, and individual stories by people living with HIV – Architectural reconstructions of historic Theaters in Downtown LA with AR – Experimental multimedia performance with MR – VR app concept for writing in a 360 space – Classroom pedagogy with VR
Steve Anderson’s brand new Media Arts Lab is located in Melnitz Hall, room 1470. The room is spacious, and comes equipped with seven powerful workstations, each equipped with a VR headset. Both Oculus and Vive equipment can be found.
The lab is just 2-weeks old, and is still awaiting the installation of a state-of-the-art 7.1 surround sound system. The most prominent feature of the space is a large green screen wall, complete with powerful green lights that help create a shadowless, monochrome background to make it much easier for software to key out the background.
This greenscreen area will be used for in part for motion capture. Additionally, on either side of the green screen wall is where the Vive base stations are set up.
In addition to the VR and greenscreen equipment, Steve also has several 360 cameras on hand for students to use. Including this monstrosity, the Google Odyssey, which is an array of 16 GoPros to capture beautiful, hi-def stereoscopic video.
By and large the space is shaping up to be an incredibly flexible and useful lab for motion capture, projection mapping, and VR work. Steve is eager to explore as many use-cases as possible, and is happy to speak to other faculty about bringing their students/classes in to work on some VR projects.
The Media Arts Lab is open to visitors on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for the rest of the quarter from 11a-1p. Various VR films and environments will be on display for visitors to experience.