CAEXPO 2018

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During CAEXPO 2018, Vostok VR presented a VR project for Singapore Business Federation that promoted different innovative industries such as Toursim, Finance and Healthcare.

Our setup was opened and highly praised by Mr. Koh Poh Koon, who is currently a Minister of State in the Ministry of National Development and the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

Innovating Virtual Reality TV, the Next Media Game Changer

Vostok VR is leading the way in storytelling by incorporating virtual reality in mainstream media.

In collaboration with Mediacorp, the award winning 360 degree film company created  a series of mobile accessible experiences that completely immerse the viewer in the midst of the popular TV crime drama, Missing.

Vostok VR founder Vitaliy Nechaev and team utilized innovative techniques to virtually place the audience alongside actors Pierre Png and Rebecca Lim as they solved mysteries across Thailand and Singapore.

The company is one of the few studios in Asia with the ability to create any type of VR moving shot. Twenty-two people were involved in the over 40 hours of filming for Missing VR, making it the largest VR production in South-East Asia.

At times, the crew used up to six different devices. For example, the combination of a rover, a wirecam and a dolly simulated an enhanced production value camera fly-through effect. Meanwhile, all action scenes were monitored with in-house developed live 360 streaming technology to enable the director and production team to monitor the full panorama in the media village.

Nechaev and crew navigated multiple challenges to authentically represent the plot and feel of the series. Multiple low-light scenes would not have been possible without Vostok VR’s high image quality FIDEL I cinematic camera. Extra attention was paid to location as some scenes were set over 20 years ago in the ever changing cityscape of Singapore. Binaural recording with special microphones created a natural feel and ambient environment.


Approximately 400 hours of post-production work shaped the more than 1 TB of recorded data into a series of 8 VR dramas that compliment the traditional 15 television episodes.

 “I believe that Missing VR is a stepping stone for Mediacorp to try new formats and to build proof-of-concepts that can be shared with other channels,” said Nechaev. The technology is currently being used by Vostok VR in other branded projects across Asia as the company prepares to collaborate with the Discovery Channel on educational content and Spanish avant-garde artist and cyborg activist Moon Ribas, as she explores humanity’s relationship with seismic activity.

Missing VR is available on the white-labeled Chameleon VR application currently accessed by tens of thousands of customers across South-East Asia. The content is aired alongside other company productions like Happyland360, a unique documentary featuring a Manila slum, and the short film Abandon, set in Bangkok.


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Vostok VR Focuses on South Korea with Government Support

Vostok VR is poised for significant expansion in South Korea. The virtual reality company’s growth in the region is aided by its participation in the K-Startup Grand Challenge 2017, an extremely selective competition that promotes collaboration between domestic and foreign startups.

“We were chosen out of more than 1500 global teams,” said Vlad Nechaev, the 360 cinematic film company’s Business Development Manager for South Korea. “We proved that it was the right decision to invite our team to come here.”

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The competing startup teams from 118 different countries vied for a space in the government’s technology startup incubator program. Vostok VR was chosen as one of the final 49 companies. Finalists received comprehensive support including initial funds, office space and visa assistance to facilitate their integration into the Korean ICT industry.

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With K-Startup Grand Challenge’s assistance, Vostok VR completed the OASIS program to obtain a visa for foreign startups and entrepreneurs. They went on to establish themselves as a Korean entity, and are currently engaging with brands, media agencies, content producers, and investors.

The company is embarking on undisclosed projects for the well-known global transportation technology company and fellow start-up, Uber, and has memorandums of understanding to launch pilot projects with Korean companies DoRUN Media and Banana Coding in January 2018.

By the end of the Seoul-based challenge, Vostok VR was chosen as a top 25 team. They will continue participation in the program as it enters its next stage, a coveted six months of business development and local talent hire support from the government.

Although Nechaev is pleased with the business development, contracts and success, he’s hesitant to sum up the benefits as that alone. “The most beautiful part of this experience is the time we spent in Korea getting to know the culture and people,” said Nechaev.

Nechaev added that Vostok VR looks forward to not only the next 6 months, but long-term involvement with the country for as long as it is helpful to the citizens.

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“Korea is really a great place to be if you are a VR film-maker. This country inspired the whole wave of cinematic & drama experiences throughout the Asia. A recent example of Korean storytelling we can see in 12-minute Korean VR Film “Bloodless” which won an award at Venice International Film Festival. So we see huge potential working here” he said.

VR X SMF Ignite Unites Virtual Reality Experts

This year’s Singapore Media Festival debuted VR X SMF Ignite, a full day conference organized for Virtual Reality (VR) and other immersive media thought leaders, technologists, and creators. Vitaliy Nechaev represented Vostok VR as managing and film director and served as a panel speaker.

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The panel, titled Players of the Ecosystem, offered an insider’s perspective to the nature of industry partnerships, including those vital to a content concept, creation, and circulation.

Conference presenters hailed from Singapore, France, Geneva, Seoul and the USA. Notable speakers included Lucasfilm’s ILMxLAB creative director and visual effects supervisor Mohan Leo; founder and CEO of Ultimate Creators Create Virtual Reality (UCCVR) Allen Foo; and VR Consultant and Post Production Specialist of the 360-degree cinematic company, Neotopy, Alexandre Regeffe. Topics ranged from the entertainment focused, such as Star Wars related sneak peeks, to the more pragmatic like emerging markets and industry expansion or monetization.

The conference, which took place on Wednesday, November 29 at Marina Bay Sands, was organized by the Infocommunications Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA) and included a 3-day exhibition of VR content and technology alongside Asia TV Forum and Market.

As Southeast Asia’s top developer of interactive experiences in VR company presentations, sales, product launch, market activation and trainings, Vostok VR held a key presence at the event. “It was a great opportunity to interact and discuss ideas with people from the same field. We met many media companies across the Asia who were interested in adding VR content to their TV productions” said Nechaev.

Virtual Reality Drama Series Comes to Asia, Thanks to Vostok VR

Virtual reality firm Vostok VR is producing Asia’s first large-scale VR drama in partnership with Mediacorp.

Top Singaporean actors Rebecca Lim and Pierre Png star in the Channel 5 English language drama, Missing. Filming took place in Singapore and Thailand as Lim and Png’s characters search for missing family members in both countries.

The 360 cinematic video company will produce eight episodes of the project in virtual reality format to accompany 15 two dimensional episodes.

“The VR segments compliment the 2D content by providing a unique view of the series in addition to exclusive scenes,” said Vostok VR managing director, Vitaliy Nechaev.

Filming of the VR series included an unprecedented large scale crew of 20 people for over 40 hours of production and resulted in over one TB of raw footage.

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Viewers who are keen to watch will have to wait until December 2017 for the virtual reality trailer and February 2018 for both the 2D and virtual reality video. The VR video will premiere exclusively on Vostok VR’s Chameleon VR for mobile devices and Mediacorp's Toggle 360 for personal computers.

PHD MERGE Event Features Vostok VR and Cyborg Artist

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Vitaliy Nechaev, director of 360 video production company Vostok VR, appeared alongside Spanish artist, cyborg and activist Moon Ribas at the Singapore LinkedIn headquarters on Friday September 29, 2017.

Both were in attendance to celebrate the launch of PHD’s MERGE | The closing between technology and us. The publication is the media planning agency’s 2017 thought leadership piece on the future of technology and humanity.

 

The virtual and biological merging of human and machine is already visible as users become more reliant on their smartphones and adopt wearables that seamlessly integrate into bodies. The unity of people and technology is expected to continue at a breakneck speed, vastly changing society’s daily operations and needs. In the event’s panel discussion, Nechaev, Ribas and tech-based marketing experts explored what this continued evolution means for the future of art, brands and media.

Moon Ribas and Vostok VR have recently collaborated on a Virtual Reality Film project launching at Mumbrella360 in Singapore and on Chameleon VR, a 360 cinematic video library and app.

Vostok VR Conducts Yale-NUS Virtual Reality Workshops

Vitaliy Nechaev, director of 360 video production company Vostok VR will lead two, 1-day virtual reality workshops at the Yale-NUS College in Singapore.

The workshops introduce the power of 360 video in generating high-quality visual narratives to the University’s liberal arts and science community.

Attendees will learn the scope and potential of VR by viewing existing productions, discussing technique and becoming acquainted with equipment and methodologies like post-production editing.

The participants will spend a week creating short works using loaned Samsung Gear 360 cameras before sharing their experiences and final products.

The winner of the best virtual reality production competition will receive a Gear 360 Camera and Gear VR Oculus headset courtesy of Samsung. The workshops will take place September 2 and September 9, 2017.

Vostok VR wins spot in Korea Startup Incubator

Virtual Reality Production Company Vostok VR was chosen to participate in the Korea Startup Challenge (or K-Startup Challenge) accelerated programme for international entrepreneurs. Only 1.5 percent of the 2,400 applicants were chosen for the honor.

As countries around the world are fighting tooth and nail to cultivate globally-competitive startups, Korea is nurturing new businesses in Pangyo Techno Valley through programmes like the K-Startup Challenge. Panyo Techno Valley, just a few kilometers south of Seoul, is considered Korea’s new Silicon Valley.

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In addition to mentoring, networking and training, those selected for the programme receive sponsored office space and financial support.

“Vostok VR was honored to be recognized for its virtual reality cinematic content, particularly as South Korea is the titan in Asia Media and Entertainment,” said a VostokVR representative.

Malaysia Expands Virtual Reality Technology

Over 40 multinational firms from around the globe have come to Cyberjaya, Malaysia to fulfill the government’s more than a billion dollar initiative to build a technology and startup hub.  

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The area’s appeal is expected to increase as Cyberjaya, Malaysia’s Silicon Valley, incorporates internet of things and smart city technologies. This technology development and industry hub appeal is expected to facilitate the area and national economic growth.

The VR industry in particular is expected to make big waves as it takes on a new role in the workplace and entertainment. Industries like construction, health-care and education are already adopting VR and changing the way we interact and explore. For example, future classrooms may become obsolete as students save travel time and money by attending school via 360 video.

Tech conglomerates like Facebook and Microsoft have announced that they plan to double their investment and focus in VR. Other companies will have to follow suit to stay ahead of the game.

Vostok VR is primed with first mover advantage as it makes its way into Malaysia, a country with a notable VR market gap. The VR production company aims to not only take the market lead, but to also provide strategic expertise. The Vostok VR team hails from Russia, an area known for in depth VR domain knowledge, and is excited to bring 360 video solutions to Malaysia.

Vostok VR presents at Innovest and TechInAsia 2017

“Oh my God!” shouts a woman on a plank in business attire and virtual reality glasses. Amidst TechInAsia and InnovFest conference attendees, sweaty palmed participants at VostokVR’s booth crossed a wobbly mountain bridge to jump into a helicopter.

Virtual Reality and 360 video experiences like Vostok VR’s Dangerous Bridge have the power to transport and immerse audiences into another world. At TechInAsia and Innovest, two of SE Asia’s premier technology events, VostokVR showcased their latest creations and content to over 200 active participants.

The events are attended by technology startups, visitors and industry experts from around the globe looking for inspiration. This inspiration comes from both startups and conglomerates. As a leader in Southeast Asia’s virtual reality scene, 360 video production company VostokVR exhibited their products alongside companies like FinTech and EduTech that will undoubtedly change the industry landscapes in the decades to come.

Date a celebrity: a creative VR teaser for Medicorp Star Awards show

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Ever dreamed of going out with a movie star? Thanks to virtual reality, you finally get your chance at Star Awards or, more aptly, The Singapore Oscars. Hosted by Mediacorp, it's one of the most popular events of the year, dominating the local entertainment scene.

That being said, it's no surprise Vostok VR conceived of this idea! Now, you can enjoy an up-close and personal VR experience with Singapore celebrities, Romeo Tan and Paige Chua. These stars were included in this year's Star Awards Top 10 Male and Female Artists. In this virtual reality, you help your star choose an outfit for the ceremony, encounter their fans, favorite hot spots ringed by reporters, and, last but not least, enjoy the thrill of a celebrity asking YOU to be THEIR date for the Star Awards Show.

"It's not the first time Mediacorp has used VR for this event. Last year's ceremony was captured using 360° video, and uploaded on the media channel website. It was a new experience then, considering 360 filming was just getting started in Singapore. But it showed the incredible potential of virtual reality," says VR producer and company director, Vitaliy Nechaev.

This year Mediacorp aims to create something entirely different –a dazzling VR experience in keeping with the most cutting edge in technology trends. Mediacorp trusts the Vostok VR studio to deliver on this, and so have assigned this task to them without hesitation.

A virtual reality "date with a star" promises to be the most unusual show teaser seen in Asia. The 360 video is available for everyone on VostokVR’s cinematic video library, from the beginning of April to just a week before the main show.

New 360 filming challenge for Channel News Asia

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The news channel CNA has implemented a 21st Century way of televised storytelling, and become the first in Southeast Asia to apply virtual reality in a TV documentary.

Two 360 movies, "A Date Gone Wrong" and "What I See" are additional narratives to a 5-part documentary series titled "Challenge Tomorrow". The documentary is, in and of itself, about some of the greatest challenges facing Singapore in the near future. Creating additional VR movies complemented this main idea, and presented the film crew with interesting, but not insurmountable challenges of their own.

"Producing in 360 was a wholly new experience," said producer Shanmuga Sundaram. "There were no rules or guidelines to follow. Discovering the best way to tell a story in VR was both daunting and exciting. It was a time of experimentation."

The first of its kind, the project lead to the discovery of new tasks, and solutions to getting them done. For example, with 360 filming, there is no way for the producer and crew to stay behind the camera – necessitating the creation of a new script. In one scene, there were 10 people involved in 8-minutes of non-stop action, something that has rarely been done before.

To enhance the experience, CNA engaged theatre actors and collaborated with students from Temasek Polytechnic, Nanyang Polytechnic and MAGES Institute of Excellence.

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For CNA, this 360 filming became a unique opportunity to enhance the viewer’s experience and provide "a sense of your presence", like you’re part of the environment", according to producer, Shanmuga Sundaram.

The TV series premiered on CNA from February 19 to March 26. It finished with an additional one-hour documentary "The Making of VR", telling about how these stories were made.

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The 360 movies "A Date Gone Wrong" and "What I See" are available for viewing at 360 cinematic video library, chameleon-vr.com, for both Android and iPhone phones.

Chameleon VR: first Asian 360 cinematic video library with expanded features

Chameleon VR is set to become Asia's most expansive collection of cinematic experience offered in Virtual Reality. So far, it is the first 360 cinematic video library of its kind.

"Somehow this part of the world has been neglected by VR cinematographers," says 360 content creator, Vitaliy Nechaev, Director of a Singapore based virtual reality company, VostokVR. Nechaev, notes: "Little by little we are going to gather all VR movies created around here, either by us or other studios.’

Intent on gathering the most interesting VR stories, Chameleon VR is mainly focused on the content created throughout Asia; starting from the volcanoes of Kamchatka, through the abandoned ghost-towns in the middle of Bangkok, and up to the most remote parts of the Philippines. "If you’re a production company looking for best spot for filming content, we are open to collaboration," says Vitaliy Nechaev.

The most notable application features Chameleon VR offers, are enhanced video quality and binaural spatial audio support. The latter gives you goosebumps – the feeling of someone whispering in your ear, while the video quality provides sharper and clearer video, with the same resolution.

Another Chameleon VR feature worth mentioning, is direct access to servers that allows anyone (from anywhere) to get a direct access, and the best download speed.

The application is free of charge, and available for both iOS and Android devices. You can enjoy this virtual experience via VR headset, or by using single screen mode on your phone without a headset.

Start-UP 360 animation successful teaser release

Every year, Slush Pitching Competition partners with Channel NewsAsia in presenting the 30 best seed-stage companies of Slush Singapore. The competition gives its participants the chance to turn their business ideas into reality, culminating in a grand finale that grants seed funding to the best ideas. The event is widely broadcasted by CNA.

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At the end, four remaining startups make a final pitch to convince judges that they are worth investing in. This year's finale, Start-UP 4th Season, garnered a lot of attention for its innovative sneak preview: a 360-degree animation! In just a few days, the uploaded teaser generated close to 100,000 views on Facebook.

Always on the lookout for innovation, the VOSTOK VR crew suggested this new experience. They captured the finale speeches with 360-degree cameras, and then blended the high-definition video with animated infographics, pictures, text, characters, and more.

Animated 360 video has a great way of resonating with people. In this case, it also became a great way to hold everyone’s rapt attention during what was, for the most part, a motionless video.

A copy of a full length 360 animated video was presented to every finalist – a highly useful tool, considering these innovators will continue raising business funds, and need a cunning way to represent newly conceived of business ideas – before there is anything tangible to show.

Virtual Reality Thrives in an Unlikely Place: VostokVR project for DBS Bank

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When the largest Singaporean multinational banking and financial services corporation, DBS, moved into its new headquarters in Marina Bay Financial Center, it did more than simply pioneer a new vision of a bank workspace. DBS was also among the first in banking to use virtual reality and 360-filming.

DBS's state of the art HQ was designed to bring about innovation and increased productivity in its employees. Inspired by Google offices, DBS has created the ultimate contemporary workspace; one that boosts employees' morale, so that they work better as a team, deliver improved services to clients, and enjoy a work-life balance that makes them happier.

With benefits such as these, the big question is: how do banks worldwide do what DBS is doing?  Mere photos aren't enough to convey the unique atmosphere of the Marina Bay Financial Center. The new business space occupies 18 levels, with over 600,000 square feet, so it would have been an exhausting job to show everyone around, let along fly them out to Singapore for a tour. That's where a 360-presentation made by VostokVR, comes in.

The filming only took one day. As a result, employees from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia and others branches are now able to visit DBS headquarters in Singapore with no gravity flight cost, and no time wasted. A perfect solution! Excited by this outcome, DBS is going to utilize virtual reality for additional projects. Virtual reality is fast becoming the future of global communication!

VostokVR for FireEye at Singapore International Cyber Week'2016

Creativity, high professionalism and top-notch equipment are all you need to create a perfect virtual reality content for business. With the virtual reality as a new way to engage customers, VR production inevitably tackle marketing in all spheres in Singapore and South Asia.

Our last VR production for FireEye in a collaboration with Citrus Communications is yet one more confirmation. Their booth equipped with 5x GearVR headsets synchronized with each other (so the experience starts at the same time for all the participants) became one of the popular at the inaugural Singapore International Cyber Week 2016 in Singapore!

The unique feature is that experience was a combination between non-interactive high-quality 3D animation (normally not available on a smartphones) and interactive 360 VR game. The 360 virtual reality video got you right inside the cyber security defensive system. And here when the high quality 360 video content combines with some live action VR experience!

With the help of that technology the FireEye brand was able to showcase their core values ans share their success stories.

The most exciting part of the FireEye VR video became a short sci-fi shooter game where you actively dive into the cyber defense and fight back unexpected vicious viruses. Aiming attackers by your own vision and destroy unwanted Trojans and worms with the quick blast. Just be quick and look around: it is a 360 virtual reality world, and attackers are all around you in front and behind!

No wonder that with such a VR presentation FireEye booth became one of the visitable at the inaugural Singapore International Cyber Week 2016! Who would’ve mind to shoot over a few viruses for the sake of national defense?

Photos of FireEye booth with excited people in virtual reality headsets decorated most of the CyberWeek news that day. The double advantage of having a good quality interesting VR content made by VostokVR!

***FireEye (FEYE) is a leading company in cyber security, protecting organizations from advanced malware, zero-day exploits, APTs, and other cyber attacks.

VostokVR presents it's new 360 video: Run to the Water

Dance and Actor: Karpenko Gymnastics Academy (Singapore)

Music: Run to the Water (Moddi, Norway)

Technical Support: Samsung Singapore

Scenario, Filming, Post-production: VostokVR Singapore

The 2D trailer is available for viewing on the web internet browser.