So, thanks for dropping by — as the team behind Anzac360 we hope you enjoy it.
WHAT IS IT?
Anzac360 is project telling important Australian stories from both world wars, with an innovative difference: we use 360-degree and virtual reality videos to place the viewer at the heart of the location.
That means that if you watch on your phone or tablet, as you move it around you see different angles of the battlefield or landscape — a fully immersive experience that gives some idea of the surroundings as our soldiers would have seen them.
You can also watch 360 videos on a computer and navigate around with the mouse, or best of all with a headset.
It’s simple to use, it’s free — and it’s immersive Anzac storytelling of a sort never seen before.
The aerial and ground-level 360 shots are overlaid with video and images from the past, graphics showing troop movements and places of interest, and narration telling the story – highlighting the most human anecdotes and placing them in the broader picture.
The WW1 videos, released in November 2018, include some of the major Australian experiences on the Western Front — from the horror of Pozieres to the stunning victories at Villers-Bretonneux and Hamel; plus a unique glimpse into life behind the lines.
And in November 2019, marking the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of WW2, we began a series of videos focusing on that conflict — starting with the incredibly moving, and at times confronting, stories of the Sandakan Death March and Hellfire Pass.
All were shot on location, with expert guides and consultants; and in 2020 we will be bringing you more.
Anzac360 has been hailed by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Australian War Memorial’s director Dr Brendan Nelson, among others, as an innovative and immersive way of retelling Australian history and a powerful educational tool.
Veterans of WW2 — among them Death Railway survivor Jim Kerr and former Sandakan prisoner Billy Young — and relatives of both First and Second World War soldiers have also welcomed the app as way to keep their stories alive and a salute to the past.
HOW TO USE ANZAC360
So, this is the best bit.
As mentioned, you can watch these on phones and tablets, headset or on a computer. We expect most people to use phones and tablets — and we encourage you to play around until you feel familiar with the technology.
All you need is the free app from Apple or GooglePlay — or you can even check out Anzac360 on YouTube or on Facebook at AnzacLive.
Relatives of Anzacs and members of the public test the stunning new ANZAC 360 experience, taking Australians right to the heart of our nation’s Western Front experience.
First of all, make sure your iOS or operating system is updated. Then go to the Apple app store or Google Play app store (depending on your device) and search for Anzac360.
Tap to download it and open it — now you’re ready to start viewing.
We suggest using wifi for faster response
Choose between the WW1 and WW2 collections, then select a film. They may take a few seconds to begin.
The WW2 movies start in 360-vision, which means you can look all around from the very first moment.
The WW1 films start in “normal” flat vision, with a quote then a map on a black background as the audio begins – then it merges into full 360. If you can’t see the quote and map don’t panic – just pan your phone or tablet around until the image appears.
Oculus Headsets: As of mid-November 2019 we are waiting for full compatibility with Oculus headsets and expect it within days.
DESKTOPS/LAPTOPS: YOUTUBE AND FACEBOOK
You can use 360 videos on a computer, just by navigating around with a mouse, though most people prefer using devices or headsets.
If you’d like to try it on a computer, go to Anzac360 on YouTube or AnzacLive on Facebook.
Lastly, please enjoy; please leave a review; and if you have any queries, contact AnzacLive on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Anzac360 is a joint project with the Australian Government’s Department of Veterans Affairs, filmed by Grainger Films.