The Global Discovery of the Acropolis of Athens and the Parthenon by the Chinese
The VR360.gr team started the first contacts with Xinhua, the state-owned Chinese news agency, about 3 months before the filming at Acropolis-Athens, in the autumn of 2016. It was the first time anyone would record Propylaea and the Parthenon in 360 degree video. That’s why about 10 Chinese journalists arrived, along with the central anchorman correspondent in Brussels, Gu Dunyu. The experienced journalist made a live broadcast to Beijing (also uploaded on the European Facebook) while we had started the first shots, around 7:00 in the morning. Since in China it was late at night, the connected viewers were …οnly 10,000,000!
Part of the broadcast you can watch here https://youtu.be/iNamnL7lSA4
The first shots at the Acropolis were the aerial ones and we used an 8-drone tiller. In accordance to the security regulations it was allowed to fly over the monuments only 1 day, from 7-8: 00 in the morning. For ground-based filming we used a steady cam system which was developed by VR360.gr
It took us 2 months to edit the material and do the post production of the Acropolis 360 video, adding subtitles in the Chinese and in English. The video we have posted here is a short version of the 7-minute production, which has copyright only for the Chinese market. According to the information provided to us by the agency, it has exceeded the1,000,000,000 (1 billion) views! To our knowledge this professional filming for a 360 video is the only that has taken place on the Acropolis of Athens (officially and under license).