How to experience new media projects in the DocLab collection
The IDFA DocLab Collection is home to a wide range of interactive and immersive non-fiction works. Over 140 projects are currently available to experience online. Here’s how you get started.
Free vs paid
Over 140 titles in the IDFA DocLab Collection are currently available for you to experience online. Most titles are available for free. Some are available for a small contribution, which goes directly to the creator, distributor, or other rights holder.
You can navigate between free and paid projects from our entire collection of projects.
Navigating the collection
- All titles are listed alphabetically.
- You can search for a specific title or creator via the search bar at the top of the screen.
- You can also navigate the collection using filters such as:
- DocLab program section in which the project was featured;
- Type for main feature of the project (immersive, interactive, linear, physical, performance);
- The DocLab edition (year) in which the title was presented;
- Or the format in which the project is available.
How to view a project
Once you have navigated to the project you would like to view, click on the title. This will take you to the project page. Once you’re on the project page, hit the play button on the top left of the screen, above the project’s title. This will open a pop-up window or it will take you to a third-party platform such as Vimeo, YouTube, Google Play, the App Store, Steam, or Oculus.
If multiple links are listed under a project, this means the project is available in different versions. Certain versions can be specific to a particular device (such as a phone, tablet, or headset). Some projects also come in multiple formats (e.g. as interactive website, app, virtual reality experience, book, card game).
Viewing different formats:
- Linear videos: by simply hitting the play button a window will pop up where you can watch the video. In some cases, you will be directed to a new browser tab where the video will be shown. This depends on the platform that hosts the video (e.g. Vimeo, YouTube, etc.).
- Interactive videos: some of the projects are 360-degree videos. This means that the video allows you to look in different directions. Hit the play button and a pop-up window will open (most likely YouTube) or you will be directed to a new browser tab. Once you play the project, you can change your viewing direction with your mouse pointer: move around, look right and left, up and down.
- Do you have a VR headset? Then use the “YouTube VR” app. Use the search bar and search the title of the project. The 360 video will open directly in your headset.
- Do you have a Google Cardboard? Then play the video on your phone and place it in your Cardboard.
- Interactive website: click on the play button and you will go straight to the website of the project. The project can be: a web documentary; a webpage where you can listen to podcasts or explore a gallery of images; a desktop game; or any other form of interactive website.
- Note: some of these websites require Flash Player or Java and will prompt you to enable these players. Flash and Java are both free to download, with plug-in versions available for most major web browsers and operating systems. You can find more information on how to download/enable them here: Flash Player and Java.
- App: some of the DocLab projects are apps for your phone or tablet. Some are available for one operating system only, whereas other apps are available for both Android and iOS. Click the ‘watch’ button and you will be taken to the page (Google Play, the App Store, or another third-party platform) where you can download the app.
- Do you have a Google Cardboard? You may be able to experience the app in Cardboard, depending on the project.
- Interactive Virtual Reality projects: you need a VR headset, and/or VR PC, and often (but not always) controllers. The collection contains projects that work on HTC Vive (Classic and PRO) or Oculus (Rift, Rift S, Go, Quest). On the project page you will find the link that takes you to the website (most likely Steam or Oculus) where you can download the project.
Once you’ve clicked the play button, a new browser tab will open. If the project is available for free, you will be able to experience it straightaway. This can also apply to apps and interactive projects. The link where you can download the app or interactive project will show you if the download is free.
Some of the projects might be available for a small fee. This mostly applies to some of the apps or some Virtual Reality projects. Once you’ve clicked through to the download link, the price will be listed there. Please follow their instruction on how to pay as this differs per platform.
Not sure where to start? Take a look at some tips from our programmers, which include curated pathways through the collection.