Virtual reality might have gotten its biggest push when Oculus and National Geographic tapped President Obama to do a film about the Yosemite National Park.
This 360-degree video by Felix and Paul Studios entitled 'Through the ages: President Obama Celebrates America's National Parks' sees the leader of the free world takes us on a personal trip to Yosemite National Park talking about the ecological as well as the historical importance of this mighty Park.
Viewers will be treated to the amazing views of Yosemite which features the El Capitan, Mariposa Grove, and the Yosemite Falls. The video even treats us to scenic canoe ride through the Merced River with the President making sure to take this chance and tell us the achievements of his administration towards wildlife conservation and education drives for the youth of America to be more interested in National Parks.
According to a blog by Oculus, filmmaker Felix Lajeunesse, co-founder of Felix & Paul Studios, was inspired by the nation's parks original purpose for the people. He was quoted as saying, "As filmmakers, we wanted to use cinematic virtual reality's unique transportive power to bring audiences into a journey with President Obama where they could experience firsthand the vertiginous, lyrical, and timeless beauty of Yosemite. We were deeply inspired by the idea that American national parks such as Yosemite were originally established 'for all people for all times,' as a way to allow future generations to experience the extraordinary and untouched beauty and richness of these natural wonders."
Happy 100th birthday to our National Parks'. President Barack Obama steps outside the Oval Office and into virtual reality to experience his own trip to Yosemite National Park from earlier in the year, all over again. #nps100 (Image via The White House photographer, Pete Souza) #obame #whitehouse #virtualreality
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Viewers without compatible virtual reality headsets may still be able to watch the video via the White House's website. But to get the best 360-degree viewing experience, the best option aside from actually being there is to watch it through virtual reality devices. It is available on the Oculus Store for the Samsung Gear VR and will be coming soon on the Oculus Rift VR headset.