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Sarner Creates Virtual Reality Volleyball Experience for Rio Olympics

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International creative design and AV company, Sarner has created a virtual reality volleyball experience for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Commissioned by the FIVB (Fédération Internationale De Volleyball), the immersive attraction will be located in Volleyball House, a specially designed venue near the Beach Volleyball Arena on Copacabana beach.

“The brief from the FIVB was to bring the energy and beauty of volleyball to life by connecting the fans to the players, and that’s what we’re doing with the VR technology, ” comments Ed Cookson, Projects Director at Sarner.

“By incorporating sound recording and music composition, Sarner will deliver a brand new narrative-driven volleyball experience."

Sarner Creates Virtual Reality Volleyball Experience for Rio Olympics

Determined to capture the sport in a totally unique way, the Sarner team spent the past year filming volleyball and beach volleyball at major FIVB events worldwide. Working with Netherlands-based production company, Scopic, they used specialised camera rigs including the new Nokia Ozo and custom-built Sony A7 and GoPro rigs.

The FIVB President, Dr. Ary S. Graça, reports, “We have a great opportunity to turn volleyball into the number one family entertainment sport in the world but we have to be innovative and enable audiences to touch and connect with volleyball like never before. Sarner is helping us deliver on this objective.”

VIPs and special guests will be invited into the Sarner-designed Virtual Reality Lounge where they will don Samsung Gear VR headsets and watch four specially created cutting-edge films putting them right in the heart of the action.

Sarner Creates Virtual Reality Volleyball Experience for Rio Olympics

“Being part of volleyball at the Rio Olympic Games is a real privilege, ” adds Cookson.

“Using the latest in Virtual Reality technology, visitors can experience the sport in a completely unique way from perspectives usually only available to athletes and officials.”

Images kind courtesy Sarner.

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