Why VR for creative productions?
Virtual Reality (or VR) provides the perfect environment for creative production exploration and planning.
FirstStage has been developed to fully exploit VR's potential to deliver tools that are as good as working on a real stage, and in many ways even better!
Based upon the outcomes of over €3m and 343 expert person-months of R&D into natural user interfaces for previs, FirstStage delivers a pioneering, naturally accessible and intuitive tool for use by non-technical creatives.
Interaction isn't acheived via deep desktop menus and complex 2d timelines, it uses the visual benefits of 3d and VR to deliver a natural user experience with virtual world enhancements.
A Natural User Interface
The research outcomes have informed the many design decisions that have been incorporated into FirstStage, from colours and user interface presentation, through to the movement required to access and utilise tools, or negotiate virtual space.
Fundamental to all those decisions has been to make the tool:
- easy to use, through a natural 3d approach to accessing information, creating and editing, unlike the complex menu-driven approach of current 3d engine tools.
- efficient, making the process of previsualising scenes faster than exisiting methods
- effective, by ultimately offering an appropriate level of precision and control
This has resulted in a tool that can be used inside any small room space, that offers traditionally 2d user interfaces in a visual 3d, minimises game controller interaction methods, and where possible encourages the user to use their hands and body movement to do things.
No matter what technical skill level, this is a tool for anyone to naturally use, and enjoy the benefits of a physically active software interface.
Perambulate around the stage using arm, leg and body movement, animate using mocap, and pick things and manipulate them in one or two hands.
Simple game controls
No complex drop-down menus or obscure icons, use a simple game controller for choices like, selecting objects and tools, snap to grid and undo/redo.
Look at your watch to interact with a virtual touch-screen tablet and simply access tool settings.
Realtime 3d timeline
Scrub, select and adjust time-based activities by moving things on their 3d visual timeline instead of via complex and technical 2d screens.
Distance grab to move whole characters around the stage, and proximity grab to directly move bodyparts, with a human-scale understanding of exact spacial positioning.
Peruse available assets via a 3d carousel of assets filtered by categories and tags, and never have to stop what you're doing to get what you need.
Lift your hand up to your eye as if to look through a camera and press a button for the camera to appear, then grab the side controls to adjust focus, aperture and lens parameters.
Voice comms, visual head and hand representation and real-time updates for multiple users makes collaboration in VR feel very natural.