360 Virtual Reality Hotel Video Production

360 Virtual Reality Hotel Video Production

360 video, virtual reality or VR are the buzzwords of the moment. Marketers are quickly trying to work out how this developing medium can help to promote their brand experience. One of the most immediate and obvious benefits must be for a hotel video production.

Indeed, at The Marketing Café we recently completed the filming of a 360 VR video for The Waldorf Astoria, Edinburgh and we expect the demand from our luxury hotel video production clients to continue to grow over the coming months and years.

Many of the hotel videos we produce are short trailer style teasers designed to inspire and capture the viewers’ imagination. The idea is we want to tease the viewer with a brief glimpse of what it would be like to work, relax and play in the hotel.

However, a 360 video is a different concept altogether with typical videos lasting 10 minutes rather than 90 seconds. As opposed to showing the best highlights of the property, every detail in all the important rooms is filmed, even the unsightly radiator or fire extinguisher in the corner. But, there is a demand for this level of detail, particularly from corporate clients. This is because they don’t always have time to visit a hotel, but they need to understand the spaces and how their event or conference can be accommodated.

Filming a 360 video

The process of filming a 360 video is a strange one for the traditional cinematographer. The camera is placed strategically in the room and anyone or anything not to be included in the shot needs to be out of sight. That includes the cameraman, director and any equipment such as lights. We believe in live action for our videos so any performers need to do their bit without direction or monitoring. Generally, it is a quicker process as there is only one shot to be taken in a room with close ups and cutaways being redundant for the virtual reality experience.

So how does the viewer experience virtual reality?

Whilst scrolling from left to right within YouTube on a desktop computer can facilitate 360 video viewing it is hardly what you would call a ‘virtual reality’ experience. The next level of viewing is from a smart phone or tablet device in Facebook 360 or again YouTube. As you watch the video you can simply move the device in any direction to view another part of the hotel room. This is a more immersive experience, but it requires action from the viewer. For corporate hotel clients, this is probably okay as it is work, not entertainment.

In pursuit of the next level can we realistically expect clients to wear a full VR headset in order to experience a fully immersive virtual reality tour around a hotel? We all know what happened to 3D television because people weren’t prepared to wear the glasses in their living rooms.The jury is probably still out on that one, but there’s no doubt this is an exciting and evolving new digital medium that needs to be exploited quickly in order to gain market advantage.

For a luxury hotel video production you can see the possibilities and when the new 360 video we have produced for The Waldorf Astoria is available we will post it here so you can judge for yourselves.

The Marketing Café
The Marketing Café
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The Marketing Café
The Marketing Café
36 Google reviews
Kate Flynn
Kate Flynn
April 12, 2022.
I had the pleasure of filming with Richard and the team at The Marketing Cafe for two days, working on a video for a high-end residential property. The whole team are very professional and a pleasure to deal with, we were very pleased with the end result.
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Shaun Poole
Shaun Poole
March 31, 2022.
Spoke to Ian on numerous occasions. Great bloke who really knows his stuff.
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Nik Madan
Nik Madan
January 10, 2022.
The Marketing Cafe provides an exceptional service, taking time to consult with their clients to understand what one is trying to achieve, whilst offering guidance and professional advice throughout. I cannot recommend them highly enough.
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Steven Akerman
Steven Akerman
January 6, 2022.
Absolute pleasure to deal with along with a fantastic product. Would highly recommend.
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Phoebe Burrows
Phoebe Burrows
January 6, 2022.
A very professional, dedicated team who produce high-quality work! Would highly recommend.
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Natasha Jackson
Natasha Jackson
January 5, 2022.
Absolutely thrilled with the work produced by out team at The Marketing Cafe. Managed our complex needs without any issues. Highly recommend them.
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Adrian Farr
Adrian Farr
January 5, 2022.
Great dealing with TMC. They are highly professional and easy to deal with and delivered on time and budget.
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Simon Hobbs
Simon Hobbs
January 5, 2022.
Have always found Richard, Ian and the team to be creatively excellent, highly professional and great to work with. Could not recommend them more highly.
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Timur Nizov
Timur Nizov
January 5, 2022.
Fabulous video production company!
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Matthew Sanger
Matthew Sanger
January 4, 2022.
TMC are a wonderful outfit. Great productions and brilliant collaborators.
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