An interactive experience awaits with new 3D and 360º documentaries
The Library’s streaming platform, Academic Video Online (AVON), has rolled out a new collection of immersive audiovisual media, giving you complete control over the viewing angle of 360º videos. In addition, some of them are available in 3D format, so you can watch them with virtual reality headsets such as Google Daydream and Google Cardboard on your mobile phone.
The majority of these audiovisual shorts are by CNN and have been recorded using omnidirectional cameras so that you not only learn about concepts but can also truly experience the stories they tell. A whole range of genres is available, from a horror short to a panoramic view of a solar eclipse or a temple in Cambodia.
You can get started with these documentaries:
- A Story of a Doctor: is a day in the life of a doctor in the slums of Karachi, in Pakistan, where infant mortality is a daily threat. He’ll accompany you on a visit to the city’s emergency services.
- Global Warning: Arctic Melt: you’ll travel to the Arctic with a group of scientists who warn of the effects of climate change.
- The Possible: takes you to the company Boston Dynamics' robotics laboratory, where its team of engineers is working.
At present, the 3D videos are only compatible with Android phones.
In addition to these resources, with Academic Video Online (AVON) you can choose from over 63,000 videos, including documentaries, films and interviews from sources such as the BBC, National Geographic and the British Film Institute. Some examples:
The Food Studies Online collection studies food through a range of disciplines, such as history, marketing and sociology.
Behavioral and Mental Health Online includes behavioural therapy sessions and recreations, mental health clinical demonstrations, and more general documentaries on the human condition.
Film Scripts Online offers an online collection of hard-to-find film scripts, many of which have never before been published. They are available thanks to exclusive agreements with production companies such as Warner Bros., Sony, Penguin Putnam and Studio Canal.
The Screen Studies Collection includes content from the FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals, the American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films and Film Index International.