The Future of Digital Mixing Is In VR!
“My vision is quite simple”
|RealityCheckVR Instagram (Branson Theatre)|
The eventual and inevitable switch to businesses using ‘Virtual Headsets’ will not only save money in the long run, but also allow for more advanced, and more timely work to be done. Imagine entire call centers and tech specialists sitting in cubicles without the bulky equipment sitting around them, instead each employee feeling comfortable in their own personal VR HMD. Privacy won’t be a problem considering that the only person that can see your screen is you… …and maybe big brother of course. 😛
“…virtual reality as a means of getting work done can be beneficial not just for the employer but also the employee.”
|Wicked Ticket S|
I began working as a stage-hand for my step-dads production business in Lincoln, NE when I was around 10 years old. I briefly worked freelance and production in Chicago before moving to Springfield, MO. In 2012 I began working full-time for a production company that did shows large and small all around the Ozark area. Most recently I was fortunate enough to work the National Tour of the Broadway show ‘Wicked’. Every show generally requires three main aspects, audio, lighting, and video. In my experience I have run many different audio boards (digital mixers), lighting hogs (consoles), and video tricasters (production booths). Each of these things generally costs thousands if not hundreds of thousands of dollars and must be maintained to insure proper functionality. Again Why? Why would we switch to VR HMD’s instead of using traditional reliable methods? Because I believe that all of these things could be done better and cheaper within either a virtual or augmented reality environment. Yes, you would still need expensive hardware in order to hook up all the inputs and outputs that are necessary for such devices to communicate with the speakers/lights/video monitors, but the consoles, mixers, and boards themselves do not need to be connected directly to that same hardware.
What job’s do you think will benefit most from VR? Which ones do you think will never use VR?
****All photos were taking by me and pulled from my Instagram page!