VOA慢速英语(翻译+字幕+讲解):虚拟现实电影让观众身临其境
日期:2016-04-22 10:09

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New Technology Aims to Put Audiences ‘Inside’ the Movie
A new technology might change the way people watch movies in the theater.
Instead of watching a film on the screen, you would enter the scene and watch the action take place all around you.
This is what Virtual Reality, or VR, and 360-degree video promise to give audiences. The idea is to make you feel like you are in the movie.
Online websites like YouTube and Vimeo already offer some VR films. Both professionals and amateurs have made these kinds of films. To watch, people wear expensive headsets that cover their eyes and ears.
There are less costly ways to see VR films. Many people use their smart phones, placed in a special cardboard box. Then, they hold it up to their eyes to watch. The boxes can be bought from Google for $15.
People are experiencing the technology in many places.
South by Southwest (SXSW) is a media and technology conference held every year in Austin, Texas. This March, people put on headsets there to watch part of a funny crime film shot in VR in Baltimore, Maryland.
The people who produced "Career Opportunities in Organized Crime," say it is the first full-length film made in 360-degree Virtual Reality.
But with 360-degree filming, there is a problem. If viewers looked away from the main action on their headset and "turned around," they could see the crew shooting the film.
To solve this problem, they made the film a "mockumentary," in other words, a fake documentary. In this way, making the film became part of the story.
VR headsets are also being used to view films that allow people to travel around the world without leaving home.
A company called YouVisit has films that can be used to advertise trips. It can also help people who cannot physically travel, but want to feel the experience of going places.
VR headsets have been used in some computer games. But many people experience sea sickness, or nausea, when using them.
Also at South by Southwest recently, companies showed off other movie technologies. Some used special screens.
One company, Japanese NHK Media Technology Company, showed their 8K resolution 3-D, or three dimensional, film. The sound system for the film used 24 speakers. As music played around the people watching, images appeared to jump out of the screen in sharp detail.
But this high technology comes at a high cost. A company spokesman said the video and sound system costs $500,000 to set up. That is more than average movie theaters would pay.
Another system shown at South by Southwest was more accessible.
A Utah company, Fulldome.pro, uses a dome-a structure that is shaped like half a ball. The company set up a dome at an angle to the floor with a film playing inside. Viewers sit back in comfortable seats inside the dome to watch the images in front of them with a 180-degree view.
It is too early to know how these technologies will change the movie business. Theater owners are not quick to invest a lot of money in devices that might be popular for only a short time.
However, the movie theater business faces tough competition from home theater systems, online streaming and piracy.
Theaters may have a brighter future if they can provide a movie experience that people cannot get at home.
I'm Anne Ball.
词汇解析

1. take place 发生;举行
By design, the entire page is usually in the correct output markup language by this point, so no markup conversions should take place at this level.
按照设计,到此为止整个页面使用的输出标记语言都是正确的,所以在这个级别不应该发生任何标记转换。
2. set up 建立;装配;开业;竖立
At this point, you have the base server set up but not your application.
此时,您已经设置好基服务器,但您的应用程序还没有设置。
3. more than 多于;超出;比……多
They captured more than ten thousand prisoners and large quantities of arms in that campaign.
他们在那次战役中俘获了一万多战俘和大量武器。

内容解析

1. Many people use their smart phones, placed in a special cardboard box.
smart phone 智能电话
If you use a smart phone like I do, you never see the pitiable stranger, the tragic stranger, or the lovable stranger.
如果你像我一样用智能手机,你永远不会看见那些可怜、悲剧或者可爱的陌生人了。
In such cases, it’s wise to carry a small notebook or smart phone around with you so you can record your ideas on the go.
在这类情形下,有个随身携带的小笔记本或者智能手机,你就可以在这些点子一闪而过的时候及时记下它们。
2. Then, they hold it up to their eyes to watch.
hold up 举起;阻挡;拦截
I would hold up a blue circle, make them touch the circle and say blue.
我会举起一只蓝色的圆环,让他们触摸圆环,说出蓝色这个单词。
If you do well, you can hold up your head; but if not, sin is a demon lurking at the door: his urge is toward you, yet you can be his master.
如果你做得好,你可以抬起你的头;但是相反,罪就是一个潜伏在门口的魔鬼:他极力蛊惑你,而你亦可以成为他的主人。

参考译文

虚拟现实电影让观众身临其境

一项新技术可能会改变人们在影院观看电影的方式。
人们并非在屏幕上观看电影,而是身临现场观看身边发生的各种情节。
这就是虚拟现实技术和360度视频能给观众提供的体验,目标就是让你感觉身临其境。
YouTube和Vimeo等网站已经提供了一些虚拟现实电影。专业人们和业余爱好者都制作了这种类型的电影。要观看这种电影,人们要佩戴昂贵的、覆盖了眼镜和耳朵的虚拟现实头盔。
还有些成本更低的方式来看虚拟现实电影。许多人把他们的智能手机放入一个特制的盒子中,然后把盒子拿到眼前观看。这些盒子可以花15美元从谷歌公司买到。
人们在很多地方体验到这种技术。
西南偏南是德克萨斯州奥斯汀市每年举办的媒体和技术大会。今年3月,人们在这里戴上虚拟现实头盔观看了一段有趣的犯罪电影片段,这部电影是在马里兰州巴尔的摩市利用虚拟现实技术拍摄的。
《Career Opportunities in Organized Crime》这部电影的制作方表示,这是第一部完全用360度虚拟现实技术拍摄的电影。
但是360度拍摄存在一个问题。观众把视线从虚拟现实头盔中看到的主要情节转移开,扭头就能看到拍摄电影的工作人员。
为了解决这个问题,他们让这部影片成为一部伪纪录片。通过这样,让电影成为故事的一部分。
虚拟现实头盔还被用于观看各种让人们足不出户环游世界的影片。
一家名为YouVisit的公司拥有可用于宣传旅行的影片。它还能帮助到无法真实旅行却又想亲身感受的人们。
虚拟现实头盔已经被用于一些电脑游戏,但是很多人在使用时感觉眩晕或恶心。
同样是在最近的西南偏南大会上,各个公司展示了其它电影技术。有些使用了特殊的屏幕。
日本NHK媒体技术公司展示了他们8K分辨率的三维电影。这部电影采用了24扬声器的声音系统。观看时音乐在四周响起,图像的锐利细节像是要跳出屏幕来。
但是这种高科技耗费巨大。该公司发言人表示,设立该视频和声音系统需要耗资50万美元,这比一般影院愿意支付的高出很多。
西南偏南大会上展示的另一种系统则更容易获得。
犹他州的Fulldome.pro公司采用了一个半球结构。该公司在地板上以一定角度设置了一个半球,放映机放置在半球内部。观众们坐在半球内部舒适的座椅上以180度视角观看在他们面前呈现的画面。
想知道这些技术将会如何改变电影业尚为时过早。影院老板不会很快就在可能只会短暂流行的设备上投入大量资金。
然而,电影院生意面临着家庭影院系统、在线观看和盗版影片的激烈竞争。
如果电影院能够提供一种观众在家无法获得的电影体验,它可能就会前途光明。
我是安妮·波尔。

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重点单词
  • sinn. 原罪 v. 犯罪,违反(教规)
  • basen. 基底,基础,底部,基线,基数,(棒球)垒,[化]碱
  • crewn. 全体船员,全体乘务员,(一组)工作人员 vi
  • cardboardn. 厚纸板
  • competitionn. 比赛,竞争,竞赛
  • organizedv. 组织
  • urgevt. 驱策,鼓励,力陈,催促 vi. 极力主张 n.
  • smartadj. 聪明的,时髦的,漂亮的,敏捷的,轻快的,整洁的
  • scenen. 场,景,情景
  • costlyadj. 昂贵的,代价高的