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Spain’s public broadcaster RTVE has launched a virtual reality (VR) app through which it is releasing five Olympics-related short documentaries before Rio 2016 kicks off.

rtve rio 2016Co-developed with inMediaStudio, the app is RTVE’s first platform with immersive technology, although the broadcaster has previous experience with virtual reality, producing some VR content of its own.

Through the app Heroínas: Vive Río (Heroes: Living Rio), five short documentaries will tell the stories of synchronised swimmers Gemma Mengual and Ona Carbonell, canoeist Maialen Chourraut, horse rider Beatriz Ferrer, the national team of rhythmic gymnastics and the rugby women’s team.

All the characters, as well as their training tools, were 3D scanned to integrate them into the VR video and the interactive menu.

During the shooting, three 360° cameras, drone cameras and remote-controlled systems were used. Besides, sound was recorded and produced through a 360° system in order to increase the immersive experience.

RTVE, through its free-to-air HD channel Teledeporte, will be the official broadcaster of Rio 2016 Olympics in Spain.