YouTube and Google Daydream create VR180 video format

YouTube and Google Daydream create VR180 video format

YouTube and Google Daydream create VR180 video format

Designed in conjunction with Google's VR team Daydream, VR180 promises immersive 3D video while creators only have to capture 180-degrees - they basically only have to film what they see in front of them rather than trying to capture a full 360-degree landscape. Although it will not be up to the standards of a VR experience, it will open up the content to a larger viewer base. However, 360-degree videos are expensive to make and are time-consuming as well.

Google believes that VR180 will make it easier to create virtual reality content. Although the top and bottom of the video have the best quality, the middle does suffer in terms of quality.

As for the mobile app, YouTube will adapt to whatever size you choose to watch video - vertical, horizontal or square video. Google has also confirmed that the Daydream team is working with several manufacturers to build cameras from the ground up for VR180 video format.

New features for YouTube were introduced alongside the announcement of a major milestone. Now Google wants to offer an even simpler format for content creators and viewers alike: VR180.

The VR180 format also supports livestreams, allowing creators and viewers to essentially be in the same room together.

YouTube has supported VR and 360° video for some time, but the format is really hard to do right.

YouTube and smartphones have democratized video creation and sharing, but it has also meant an explosion of videos recorded in varying formats. Creators will eventually be able to edit their videos with tools like Adobe Premiere Pro. "When we compare that [metric] to TV, people - in some countries like the USA - watch up to four hours per day, so we think there's lots of room to get people to watch even more YouTube", said the CEO. YouTube also has a VR180 certification program whose first partner is Chinese VR camera maker Z CAM.

Lenovo points to its standalone Daydream headset and camera on a page for its Google VR partnership. That will be available in Latin America in a couple of weeks, and then follow with a US debut.

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