Virtual reality (VR) enthusiasts have been hearing much from cinematic VR company Jaunt throughout 2014. The company has made headlines with its 360 degree camera working on projects such as filming the premiere of hit Marvel Studios movie Guardians of the Galaxy as well as raising some $27.8 million USD in funding. But for all of this news, the company is yet to release a VR video for consumers. That changes today as Jaunt launches its first video in partnership with legendary artist Sir Paul McCartney.
Jaunt has produced a 360 degree video of a performance of Live And Let Die from the former Beatle. The performance was recorded at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California, USA on 14th August 2014. The Beatles fans will recall this venue as the last place the band played publically 48 years ago. The video allows viewers to watch the performance from a number of positions, placing them in the crowd, backstage and even joining McCartney onstage.
“The concert at Candlestick put Sir Paul McCartney in front of 70,000 live fans, and with our technology and the launch of our app, we’re opening up this access to many more,” said Jens Christensen, CEO of Jaunt. “We’re creating a completely new medium for entertainment. This is just the first step of our broader mission to bring viewers immersive access to the latest concerts, movies, sporting events and more through virtual reality.”
Currently the video can be downloaded for free on the Android operating system (OS) on the Google Play Store. Jaunt also plans to bring it to Samsung’s Gear VR smartphone-based HMD and the Oculus Rift PC HMD in the future, though dates for these releases are yet to be revealed. This marks the second high-profile VR app to be released in as many week’s with the BBC’s War of Words VR launching last week. VRFocus will continue to follow Jaunt’s progress with all of its projects, reporting back with any further updates.