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What is "VR"?

Updated: Jan 25, 2021

Interview with Bruno Sibella

What is "VR"? Virtual reality means near-reality and usually refers to a specific type of reality emulation. In more technical terms, Virtual Reality is a three-dimensional, computer-generated environment, which can be explored and interacted with by a person. That person becomes part of this virtual world or is immersed within this environment and whilst there, is able to manipulate objects or perform a series of actions. 4VR is focusing on a specific application of this technology, where we create interactive panoramas. These panoramas are 360-degree photos where we "hang" content that a user is able to interact with.

How did you get involved in VR and consequently with the company?

Together with my wife Izabel, we are co-founders of this business, that's how we've got involved. And we were brought into this because of our extensive professional experience in creating high-quality movies and photos. VR is base on 360-degree photos and videos, therefore it was almost a natural move for us to get to know better how to use the special cameras, capture the 360-degree content and, the hardest part, how to organize everything in an intuitive way.

How did the business start?

This group of 4 very special friends, myself included, came together sparked by the idea of starting an enterprise in Canadá. 3 of us were already living in Kitchener, and we have invited another friend who is currently living in the US but would also like to move in here. We complement each other and together we are a team that likes to collaborate to create something that is bigger than the sum of our individual abilities. At the end of the day, we are 4 families, co-founders, and respective spouses, all contributing to some level towards our endeavor. Of course, each has strengths and we focus a little in certain areas. As my background is shooting and producing all sorts of photos and videos, together with my wife Izabel, we are in the heart of creating VR content for our customers.

How have the businesses that you have contacted so far reacted to this innovative concept? What is the advantage for a business to use VR?

Initially, there's still a little bit of skepticism. There's a general common sense that VR is expensive, demands a lot of time to produce, costs a lot of money, and can only be experienced by someone with a proper VR device. None of this is correct. And here is where everybody gets excited because 4VR is making this amazing technology available to any business, whether small or large. 4VR makes it happen, even for businesses that are far behind in their digitization. In other words, 4VR helps businesses to perform their branding and go digital with their website.

What have been the challenges in starting a business in the VR industry?

We had to find the right tools to work with that would make the process easy and affordable. Also, we had to come up with our own platform to host the VR content we create. In fact, the need for our own platform sparked what we believe is the breakthrough, the innovation that will not only help to host the VR content but also offer a very special way to navigate and interact with. This navigation is under construction, but I can tell you that everybody will be thrilled with how intuitive our platform will be.

What is the process of producing a video from when a company hires you?

First, we discuss what is the major objective. In general, the client wants to show the business. We assess if our client has or needs to work in the business branding and website, as people will start visiting and seeing their image and would ideally make business through the website. Ideally, we try to visit the location or locations in advance, to plan ahead. Then, there's the shooting day, which is when we spend 1 or 2 hours making 360 videos and photos. After that, we will produce the Virtual Reality Tour, using 360 photos and videos, as well as other materials made available. We also develop a QRCode to make it easy to advertise the VR Tour.

In some of the videos, an "i" appears. Can you explain what people should do with it? Is this function part of the package they sign up for? Or is it extra?

Go for it! This "i" means there's something more there. Sometimes it is a photo, sometimes a video explaining a process or telling the history behind a product or its components. Most of the time, this "i" is there to call the users' attention to a speaker, someone that will explain something, like the user was there talking with a person.

Is there anything else you would like to add about VR?