FILE-Experius VR teamed up with Curiosity Stream to produce a new virtual reality film (VR), "Nefertari: A Journey to Eternity”
CAIRO – 11 July 2018: Experius VR teamed up with Curiosity Stream to produce a new virtual reality film (VR), "Nefertari: A Journey to Eternity”, bringing Nefertari’s tomb to virtual life and allowing many people to have access to the tomb that is restricted to a very limited number of people, according to Daily Mail.
The world's best filmmakers, Experius VR, a virtual reality studio creating 360 video content, and Curiosity Stream have found a way to take the audience on a virtual reality tour in Nefertari’s 3,000-year-old tomb, located in the Valley of the Queens.
A tour guide’s voice is incorporated in the VR film for the viewers to learn about Nefertari's life and death during the tour, which captures the tomb's vivid paintings, countless hieroglyphs and depictions of ancient gods.
Experius VR revealed that thousands of photos and scans taken along two days of continuous work inside the tomb have been used to create a more realistic 3D model.
The team said that all lighting was done in-engine in real-time and optimized for VR at 90 frames per second for the viewers not to see any shadows or light variations
Elliot Mizroch, CEO of Experius VR, referred that his team spent two months in post-production to transform the 3D scans and photographs into a true 3D model that suits VR devices.
"We’re also running extremely high texture qualities using some advanced techniques and software, which allow us to really push the limits of what we can achieve visually,” the team remarked.
Although the tomb was renovated by the Getty Research Institute (GRI) and the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) in 1986-1992, it is exposed to the bacteria degradation and humidity that enters the tomb when people visit it; hence the number of visitors have been restricted, making its entry price LE 1000 or around $56.
Hence, Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass said that the tour will contribute in saving the tomb.