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Old 12-22-2016, 04:50 PM   #1
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Gladiators in the Colosseum 360 3D

The gladiators of ancient Rome were spectator magnets for a gigantic entertainment industry which fired up mass audiences.

In the VR documentary „360° Gladiators in the Colosseum“ which was produced for the ZDF’s Terra-X, both the proximity and intensity of the ancient gladiator fights can be experienced like never before. The film climaxes during the finale in which the viewer vividly witnesses the bloody conclusion of the gladiator fights together with Emperor Titus and 50,000 other spectators.

The 10 minute long, fully immersive (3D & 360 degree) experience is the latest contribution to the VR portfolio of German public broadcaster ZDF. It sets new standards in the quality of VR films.

VR-viewing-device highly recommended!

1) Forgot to mention the obvious: As it was created for a German TV station the voice-over is German. Subtitles are available.
2) Just noticed that embedding the YouTube-Video showed both eyes when viewing on smartphone or tablet. Please use the link to YouTube

The production combines footage of real actors with a computer generated fully immersive setting (CGI). The team at Faber-Courtial developed its own unique camera system that enables it to portray the actors close-up - a particularly difficult task in the VR space.

One of the most important aspects during the production was the emphasis placed on historical accuracy. This was made possible by close collaboration with both historians and archaeologists. This attention to detail, as reflected in the digital reconstruction of the Colosseum, the scenery, the choreography and the 3D-sound, recreates life in 80 AD like no other medium possible.

The fully web-based application can be accessed at and has been optimized for Oculus and Cardboard. In addition, the fight experience can be viewed on YouTube and is also available for download.
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Last edited by Wolf S : 12-23-2016 at 10:12 AM.
Old 01-07-2017, 11:38 AM   #2
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Great Work! Thanks for sharing
Old 01-08-2017, 02:52 PM   #3
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Amazing project !
Old 01-09-2017, 07:33 AM   #4
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Glad you like it. We had quite some fun in making it while solving some unexpectet time costly parts of manual work.
We would like to do more like this
(Thanks for the forums-plug.)
work: Faber-Courtial

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