Our clients and partners include technology companies, international broadcasters, news organizations and high end studios looking to create narratively complex cinematic VR experiences distributed across multiple platforms and devices.
For the launch of Daydream VR, Google reached out to Liquid Cinema Inc to support the expansion of Liquid Cinema to include the Daydream Platform, calling it “entirely unique and the most sophisticated approach to cinematic VR we have seen to date” – Jake Mintz / VR Video Product Lead. When daydream launched, Liquid Cinema was used to power cinematic VR in three apps:The WSJ, ARTE and ZDF Daydream app.
Wall Street Journal
For the Google Daydream launch the WSJ launched an app allowing users to step inside a virtual room and stay informed with breaking news, follow the markets with a live markets data visualization and immerse themselves in compelling narratives with interactive 360-degree videos.
To bring The Wall Street Journal to life for Daydream users the Journal collaborated with Liquid Cinema Inc., Nonny De La Peña’s Emblematic Group as well as London-based architecture practice Michaelis Boyd Associates for the virtual environment.
The cinematic VR component of the project is powered by the native Liquid Cinema’s Daydream SDK which was expanded to allow for gaze based branching narrative and Unity compatibility.
“We wanted to push the boundaries of what was possible with VR, while remaining faithful to what makes The Wall Street Journal truly distinctive: outstanding financial and business journalism. Our app brings to the forefront the daily drama of the markets, told with live data and 360-degree video.”
Himesh Patel – Creative Director, Dow Jones.
ARTE is a public Franco–German TV network, Europe’s imminent channel for culture and arts programming. ARTE offers a wide choice of high-quality programmes to 60% Europeans in their own language, producing over 600 hours of movies, documentaries and shows a year. The network known for its fearless creative experimentation has been at the forefront of innovative digital content for over a decade.
In the realm of VR ARTE is considered a leader in Europe with such acclaimed award winning cinematic VR productions such as Notes on Blindness, I Phillip, Edge of Space and Polar Sea 360. The ARTE VR apps are often cited in the press alongside the NY Times, VRSE and Discovery VR.
ARTE was an early adopter and supporter of the Liquid Cinema Distribution Platform and reaches of a half a million viewers with cinematic VR content via Liquid Cinema’s iOS, Android, GearVR, Daydream and web apps. Core features of Liquid Cinema such at the ability to Geoblock, and easily deal with the distribution of multi-language projects have been evolved in partnership with the network.
“ARTE 360 is quoted as a ‘new art of television’ and a ‘milestone’ by our audience and journalists”
Wolfgang Bergman – CEO of ARTE Germany
Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (English: Second German Television), is Germany’s national public television broadcaster and one of Europe’s largest broadcasters. It has 3,600 employees, an equal number of freelancers, 900 types of production resources, and 30,000 stocked items at the ZDF broadcasting center in Mainz and 17 other sites in Germany. ZDF is Germany’s main source for high end news ,sports, television, drama, series, documentary programming and cinema production. ZDF has licensed all available Liquid Cinema Platforms and is currently distributing high-end content on our iOS, Android, GearVr, and Daydream apps. Liquid Cinema is working very closely with ZDF in the creation of innovative story based 360 content and genres.
BAVARIAN STATE NETWORK
Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcasting, BR) is a public-service radio and television broadcaster, based in Munich, capital city of the Free State of Bavaria in Germany. BR is a member organization of the ARD consortium of public broadcasters in Germany. BR has licensed all Liquid Cinema Platforms and SDK’s and is currently using the Liquid Cinema iOS and SDK in their NEWS APP.
NORD DEUTSCHER RUNDFUNK
Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR; Northern German Broadcasting) is a public radio and television broadcaster, based in Hamburg. NDR is a member of the ARD consortium.
NDR has licensed Liquid Cinema and will be first broadcaster to use the Liquid Cinema AppleTV App. For the 25th anniversary of Länder, Menschen, Abenteuer (Countries, People, Places), Germany’s oldest and most popular Travel Adventure Series, NDR produced two high end reportages shot in Iceland and Thailand that utilize key functions of Liquid Cinema to push the boundaries of 360 documentary narrative.
“We used Liquid Cinema’s forced perspective extensively to guide user attention on our reportages. It literally gave us the frame back … I’m not sure how we would have told a cohesive story in 360 without it.“
Ralf Quibeldey – Director / Commissioning Editor NDR
MITTEL DEUTSCHER RUNDFUNK
Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (Central German Broadcasting, MDR) is a public broadcaster with approximately 2000 employees in the federal states of Thuringia, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt. Established in January 1991, it has its headquarters in Leipzig and regional studios in Dresden, Erfurt and Magdeburg. MDR is a member of the ARD consortium of public broadcasters in Germany.
MDR has licensed Liquid Cinema and will be launching their 360 platform in Q2 of 2017.
Liquid Cinema Inc. is currently on the advisory board to help in the consultation of Interactive Panoramic Streaming an EU backed initiative aimed at creating a more bandwidth efficient methodology of streaming 360 video content.
Liquid Cinema has been working with the Fraunhofer HHI institute for over a years and half in evolving and testing solutions for 360 streaming. This culminated in a joint presentation of Interactive Panoramic Streaming at IBC in Amsterdam.
Under the leadership of Fraunhofer Fokus, Liquid Cinema Inc was invited to be part of a consortium of 1o companies that includes Samsung UK, Deutsche Telekom, Paris Telekom, among others that aims to develop comprehensive software and backend solutions to bring 360 video to SMART TVs using standard television delivery mechanisms.
Liquid Cinema Inc. was chosen to be partner on this EU funding based initiative due the advanced patent pending capabilities of seamlessly combining traditional flat video with spherical content as well the availability of unique authoring and analytical tools.
Liquid Cinema Inc. has worked closely with Vimeo to allow Liquid Cinema to use Vimeo Pro accounts as a 360 video solution on all Liquid Cinema platforms.
Two Big Ears
The Liquid Cinema iOS player was one of the first real world implementations of the Two Big Ears SDK. Since then Liquid Cinema has worked closely with Two Big Ears to bring binaural sound to Android and GearVR as well.
Koncept VR is the creative cadre of Freedom360, makers of the original 360° VR video camera mount. Located in NY the studio offers concept-driven 360° video production, creating best-in-class cinematic VR for head-mounted displays, like the Samsung Gear VR. With over 5 years of expertise in panoramic video projection and 360° video hardware, Koncept is fast emerging as one of the go to studios for high end immersive cinema.
Koncept Vr will launch their Liquid Cinema powered Android and iOS app to showcase their work. in Q1 2017.
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
JOVRNALISM is a diverse collection of virtual reality journalism experiences produced by USC Annenberg students led by Prof. Robert Hernandez in collaboration with news organizations including ProPublica, The Texas Tribune, The Center fore investigative Rporting (CIR) and many more. The VR content is distributed via Liquid Cinema and is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight foundation, Samsung, and Google News Labs.
Liquid Cinema is being licensed by the the University of Southerns California as part the immersive journalism curriculum.
Cream 360 is the VR/AR unit of L.A./Toronto based Cream Productions, producers of highly-acclaimed mini-series and top-rated returnable series. Working with some of the world’s best producers, writers, directors and editors, Cream deliver distinctive and award-winning content to a wide range of TV and digital platforms in North America and around the globe. Cream clients include Discovery Channel US, Canada and Discovery Network International, National Geographic Channel US and International, Travel Channel, History Canada, BBC America; BBC Worldwide Channels, Discovery ID, OLN Canada, HGTV Canada, W Network Canada, Smithsonian Channel, ZDF, France 5, Pro Seiben, Channel 4 and Channel Five.
Cream has licensed Liquid Cinema for iOS, Android and Gear VR slated to launch in Q1 2017
VIENNA TOURIST BOARD
The Vienna Tourist Board is the official destination marketing agency for the tourism sector of the city of Vienna. In 2016 the Tourism Board produced “In the rhythm of Vienna” a cinematic VR tour of Vienna and a 360 music video of the annual Summer Night Concert by the Vienna Philharmonic.
The Vienna based Marketing Agency chose to license a Liquid Cinema GearVR white label app and web player over other products because of the platforms ability to utilize forced perspective to invisibly direct user attention during complex city and orchestral sequences.
Anthropocene, by Mercury Films is a unique multidisciplinary project combining film, art and science to explore the extent of humanity’s influence upon the planet. It includes a feature documentary and series of VR films created by the multiple-award winning team of Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky, one of Canada’s most respected photographers. Burtynsky’s photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes are included in the collections of over sixty major museums around the world, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. His imagery explores the collective impact we as a species are having on the surface of the planet; an inspection of the human systems we’ve imposed onto natural landscapes. This team has been given access to a Jump camera by Google to utilize 3D 360 cinematography to take the audience to some of the most remote and fascinating landscapes around the globe.
The project will utilize Liquid Cinema apps for HTC Vive, iOS, Android, GearVR and the web.
360 Labs is a production company specializing in 360º immersive panoramic photography and video based out of Portland Oregon. The producers of 360 labs have created 360º projects with world class brands and organizations like National Geographic, Red Bull, U2, NFL, Beck, VISA, and Lincoln Motor Co.
360 Labs has licensed Liquid Cinema for iOS, Android and GearVR to create custom apps for their clients.