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UO releases immersive 360 degree video of the Ducks taking the field

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Oregon Ducks fans have a new way to experience what it is like to take the field at Autzen Stadium.

On Tuesday, the University of Oregon released a video on YouTube of players taking the field against Michigan State last fall.

The video was shot with a 360 degree camera, allowing viewers to be immersed in the experience, controlling the view from a computer, or by moving around their mobile device when watching.

Craig Pintens with the UO Athletic Department said the video was originally planned as a recruiting tool, but that it got such a great reaction that they decided to share it with fans.

“Just watching people’s reactions to it live is better than what we have read on social,” he said, suggesting the mobile experience gives you an almost lifelike experience.

The school worked with Mode Adjust, a Portland-based video production company which has also created work for Apple, Nike and Gatorade, to create the video.

YouTube began hosting 360-degree videos in March of this year, and creators have posted immersive videos ranging from walk-throughs of video games to a daredevils in wingsuits skydiving.

Pintens said the production required a special rig to be built to shoot the video, but noted that as the technology improves, there could potentially be the chance to do something like this live in the future.

“If there is a better way to do this, we are going to find it,” he said. “We are always looking for a better way.”

Users can view the video on the GoDuckDotCom YouTube channel.

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