You have probably seen Mixed Reality videos before, where virtual environment is merged with real life video footage. YouTube vlogger Marcel Pfister is an experienced mixed reality wizard, and this time he gives us something very special: a fantastic look at how virtual/mixed reality compares to real life.
Watch the video below and you’ll notice how much effort is put into this piece. There is so much work and equipment behind the scenes, it’s difficult to count: the driver used a real life Porsche 911 Carrera S as well as a virtual one in Assetto Corsa. There’s the Vallelunga Circuit racetrack in VR, and obviously a real trip to Italy, near Rome. There’s an Oculus Rift, a Fanatec Clubsport set, a powerful PC, and above all professional driving skills. Pfister is even wearing the same sweater just to make the comparison even more pervasive.
If you haven’t seen mixed reality videos before, you might ask yourself what is this all about. Mixed reality racing usually means a video genre where in-game view and real life footage are merged together. The effect is done with green screen technique and with post production video editing software. In the final video you can see the driver’s real hands holding a real (simulator) wheel, while the image of the road and the car interior both come from computer generated graphics. It is not to be confused with augmented reality, which will maybe look similar, but still a few years away.
According to Pfister, the game quality looks worse in the video than it is while playing, because he records in 1080p, but has to stretch and crop the footage to a part of one eye, which results in a resolution less than 720p. If you are interested exactly how it is created, watch this mixed reality tutorial video here. record and show gameplay to serve a better understanding of how it feels to use Virtual Reality. It uses a greenscreen to later blend out the room you are playing in and instead blending in the virtual environment life or in video editing.
While watching the video maybe you’ll have an impression that the driver isn’t always taking the same lines in Assetto than in real life, and maybe it’s not even his best VR lap, but this is how Pfister managed to create two incredibly similar laps, and a mind blowing, and amazingly realistic video.
- Intel i7 4790k, 16GB Ram, GTX 1080
- Oculus Rift CV1
- Speedmaster V2 seat
- Fanatec Clubsport Wheel Base V2
- Fanatec Clubsport BMW Rim with Porsche sticker
- Fanatec Clubsport Pedals V2