A VR New Years in Hong Kong | My Rode Reel Submission

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Genre: VR VLOG

RØDE Gear Used:

VideoMicro

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What does New Years in one of the world’s most vibrant cities feel like? We’re here to answer that question with this short VR Timelapse of Hong Kong on New Years Eve all the way up to the countdown for the fireworks on the Victoria’s Peak.


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Jonathan Qu

Creator
Director
Producer
Director of Photography

Kevin Li

Creator
Director
Producer
Director of Photography

The world-first 12K VR Timelapse was shot with a custom rig built with 4 a6300 cameras shooting RAW stills. The setup was chosen because of its low light capabilities, which enabled us to shoot at nighttime in Hong Kong. The resultant 160,000 stills were then meticulously stitched together into a timelapse for viewing in VR. The total project size spanned over 20TB of data, of which produced two timelapses that are 4 and 10 minutes long. The one submitted here is a extremely condensed version of the 4 minute timelapse that incorporates 10 of the original 80+ scenes.

The locations were selected based on surrounding elements and human traffic density, and the BTS and audio were recorded using a Rode VideoMicro shotgun microphone on top of a GH5. The location of the fireworks shot (Victoria’s Peak) necessitated the use of a shotgun microphone to record distant fireworks, as well as a deadcat which is conveniently provided in the kit to eradicate wind noise. This difficult location was chosen because of its unique perspective and distance away from the large crowds that would have obscured the firework shots.

A further improvement upon the audio would have been to use the recently announced NT-SF1. This would have allowed us to introduce 3D ambisonic sounds for a more visceral and immersive VR expense on the headsets. We are excited to see the future of VR audio from Rode.