New Shader Available in RV v6.2 to Benefit all RV Users
To accelerate the unique pipeline on “HELP” – the recent 360-degree Google Spotlight Story directed by Justin Lin – The Mill developed a custom VR Shader within the RV image and sequence player enabling filmmakers to review scenes for 360-degree and virtual reality projects. The VR Shader, dubbed the LatLong Viewer, is now also available to all Shotgun RV users with the version 6.2 release, playing back all image formats supported by RV regardless if the image was stitched together from multiple cameras or rendered in CG.
The VR Shader proved to be a key advantage for The Mill in working out the review aspect of this, and future immersive projects, as RV is already in use across their facilities in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and London. The technical challenges of working on non-standard projects like virtual reality and 360-degree filmmaking are forcing studios to restructure their pipelines accordingly, but with the flexibility of RV, support for emerging workflows is a straightforward solution within a familiar off-the-shelf tool. The Mill plans to continue using the VR Shader on future projects, and now that the technology is available as LatLong Viewer in the latest version of Shotgun RV, other studios will be able to as well.
“RV provided the easiest solution to this problem, and also gave us the best bang for our buck,” concluded Studdart. “That level of flexibility is very important as these projects become more commonplace.”