360-degrees Videos Supported by YouTube now

Posted on Mar 14 2015 - 4:46pm by Pavithra Manisha

YouTube has just added support for 360 -degree videos. As of now the 360-degrees videos will be only viewable on specific platforms. Google announced that YouTube will now support 360-degrees videos venturing into a ton of new possibilities. At the moment it will be available and viewable on specific platforms like YouTube app on Android  and videos embedded in Chrome.



From the Blog

A new way to see and share your world with 360-degrees video. Details from the Creators Blog:

“People can watch your videos on the existing YouTube app for Android, and by moving the phone or tablet around they’ll see all the different angles while the video plays. They can do the same on youtube.com or embedded videos on Chrome by using the mouse to drag the point of view around, and we’re working to bring this to iPhone, iPad and other devices soon.”

 Google had earlier worked with a lot of companies to create 360 degrees video cameras . Video cameras to make creating the video compatible with YouTube. Video creators will first have to run their videos on and make sure that the video uploads on YouTube.

Creating and uploading 360-degrees videos on YouTube: The Process

The process starts with a requirement that you run a Python script to ensure the correct metadata is applied to your video file to get YouTube to recognize the upload as a 360-degrees clip. YouTube says it’s working on automating that part of the process so that likely won’t apply for long.Some interesting applications of immersive videos include offering a vantage point of live concerts from on stage, as well as putting you in the middle of news events for journalistic reports. YouTube making this available to everyone through its omnipresent platform means it’s becoming far easier to get your hands dirty and try things out before immersive video becomes widespread – more commonly available and affordable recording hardware should help that along, but if VR truly becomes mainstream, 360 camera accessories for things like your smartphone.



Checkout the 360-degrees for yourself

Though the video quality is a bit on the low side at the moment, it’s a lot of fun. The ability to look around a scene on the YouTube app by just moving your phone around is exciting, and we can’t wait to see what interactive experiences people come up with using 360-degrees video. Check out the video below in either Chrome or the YouTube app on Android.

On the Whole

360-degrees video may not be pervasive yet, but a growing number of hardware and software are supporting the form. The Samsung Gear VR, which straps a Galaxy Note 4 to your face with head-tracking goggles, is itching for content beyond Google Street View videos and a handful of gaming titles. Mobile apps like Fyuse, which presents itself as a “spatial photography” offering, also take advantage of the creativity 360 video can provide.

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