Virtual Reality Industry Forum to introduce VR guidelines at IBC

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AMSTERDAM—The Virtual Reality Industry Forum (VRIF) will use the annual IBC show to unveil a draft of its guidelines aimed at helping standardize the VR industry.

According to the VRIF, the first release of the guidelines focus on establishing a delivery ecosystem of 360° video with three degrees of freedom (3DOF) and will include: documentation of cross-industry interoperability points, based on ISO MPEG’s Omnidirectional MediA Format (OMAF); best industry practices for production of VR360 content, with an emphasis on human factors such as motion sickness; and security considerations for VR360 streaming, including user privacy and content protection.

“What is so unique about these guidelines is they take the interests of all ecosystem participants into account and focus on important, but often overlooked factors,” said Huawei’s Paul Higgs, chair of the guidelines working group and board member of VRIF, in a statement. “The VR industry is starting to move away from proprietary systems and toward large scale solutions, and the guidelines facilitate that transition.”

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“VRIF members representing all segments of the VR industry have contributed to developing the guidelines that cover VR production, delivery and consumption aspects. They provide best practice recommendations which enables the industry to achieve interoperability. The purpose of presenting a draft of the guidelines at IBC is to give the public a chance to review them and identify any issues, so that we can incorporate as much relevant information as possible.”

The guidelines will be the topic of discussion for a VRIF session co-hosted with the DASH Industry Forum (DASH-IF) on Sept. 15 at 5:00 p.m. CET. Specific topics will include VR content production recommendations and the need for standardization of distribution methods for immersive content.

“We have been working very hard over the past year and are eager to present our work at IBC, which in recent years especially has become the place to be for new media and streaming industry professionals,” said Rob Koenen, president of VRIF, in a statement. “After we have finalized the initial guidelines, we will continue our work to keep pushing the industry forward and expect to look at the next generation of immersive experiences, beyond 3DOF, such as 6DOF, interactivity, higher audio-visual quality, etc.”

The VRIF guidelines are scheduled to be released at CES 2018.