This morning I taught myself how to install the Oculus Mirror software and the Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) by watching this instructional video by Virtual Reality Oasis, and I was able to successfully create a video of what I see in my Oculus Rift headset! I can now record Sansar experiences and share them with you.
I uploaded the video to my YouTube channel and you can watch it here; it was filmed in the Voyage Live: Egypt experience, a rather dark and mysterious archaeological office where Linden Lab held its weekly Office Hours meetings yesterday. In the video, you can see a couple of other avatars walking around. The video is very short (only 27 seconds) and there is really no sound. It won’t win any Oscars. But it’s a proof of concept! I did it! Yay!
IDIA Lab is the Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts at Ball State University, a public coeducational research university in Muncie, Indiana. In 2011, IDIA Lab built a large-scale recreation of the 1915 Panama – Pacific Exposition in San Francisco, within the virtual world called Blue Mars. Unfortunately, Blue Mars never took off as a successful virtual world, and in 2017 IDIA Lab was granted rights to Blue Mars’ virtual world technology from Avatar Reality, the company behind Blue Mars. IDIA Lab then decided to move its stunning historical recreation of the San Francisco Panama – Pacific Exposition over to Sansar, where you can visit it here.
Expect to do a lot of walking (or teleporting)…. it’s a delightful summer day and the birds are chirping…. and the experience is HUGE! There are teleporters scattered around the site that promise to take you quickly to various areas, but I discovered that they did not work. I tried several times to use one and failed each time. Oh well.
However, there is still much to see here. The architecture is on a monumental scale, befitting the world’s fair celebration of the opening of the Panama Canal, but also San Francisco’s recovery from the devastating earthquake of 1906. I understand that some of the architecture you see here was later torn down, so it now only exists in its virtual state.
IDIA Lab: 1915 San Francisco World’s Fair is an example of how a virtual experience can be repurposed and republished as the technology of virtual worlds evolves. I originally enjoyed it tremendously when it was in Blue Mars, and I’m so glad it’s here in Sansar.
Bryn Oh is a Canadian artist who is already well-known for her artwork installations in Second Life. She is a master of the use of darkness and light. This picture is just a small part of her Sansar experience An Evening at the Ballet, set to the haunting string music of Luca D’Alberto.
This afternoon’s weekly Office Hours (at 4:00 p.m. PST/Sansar time) were held in a side room off the main room of the Voyage Live: Egypt experience. From the main artefacts room, you take the middle one of the three doors off to the side of the main room, and you land up in a very detailed recreation of an archaeological excavation on the banks of the Nile river, the Cenotaph at Gebel es Silsileh, dating from 1450 B.C. Jason Gholston (the avatar in the middle of the picture above, standing in front of the large grey sign and wearing the red and cream shirt) is Director Of Product for Sansar, and he spent much of our time together answering some of the more technical questions about the software project.
Here are some more pictures for you to enjoy. As you can see, we had quite a good turnout! Some very innovative uses of avatar attachments are already on display.
Lead Community Manager for Sansar, Jenn, stated that she would be announcing the winners of the Creator Challenge Contest (which ended July 24th) very soon, so watch for a blog post! I’m very excited to see who the winners are!