The stories

9. Decide how you want to guide visitors through your version of VRtefacts. 

a. For maximum impact, keep the objects/vitrines hidden and the door closed, with other staff member(s) handling visitor flow.

b. The ‘host’ guiding the visitor through the VRtefacts experience will need to get each visitor safely settled in the fixed seat (see point 7b) and show them how to put on and adjust the headset. 

c. The host will also prompt them to choose an object, place it on the table in front of them, and build up the importance of coming up with a proper story which they will donate to the museum (with permission, of course) without giving them stage fright.

d. To get the most of these stories, use a real video camera mounted in front of them, on the other side of the table and out of reach, with a virtual camera mounted in exactly the same spot within the VR environment. You can then capture a 4-part component video with the visitor’s view within the VR, the virtual camera’s view within the VR, the actual camera’s view of the physical person, and an overlay of the real person speaking within the virtual background, holding the scanned/printed object. The Vive headset captures the audio. Make the composite using any third-party video capture software such as Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) or XSplit.