Google brings VR180 to YouTube

Google is launching a new line of cameras for 180-degree VR video

Google launching new VR format VR180

There are already some examples of VR180 videos on YouTube, and they'll also include a VR component when you don a headset. These cameras will shoot like any other camera and will make it easier to edit videos with standard video editors like Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro.

The format is fixed to a 180-degree view rather than supporting full 360-degree video.

The blog post adds: "These cameras are not only great for creators looking to easily make VR content, but also anyone who wants to capture life's highlights in VR".

The devices coming out for VR180 are not targeted on professionals, Google is eying normal consumers who would buy them and use the video format for rendering VR friendly videos.

The limited field of view does have its advantages, such as providing viewers with a sharper 4K resolution directly in front of them, smaller file sizes, and less concern over stitching and parallax issues. That means if they film with the camera facing them, they don't have to also worry about what's behind the camera.

Now, this seems like a step back and 50 percent immersion reduction, but what it does is merely eliminate the part of the equation everyone finds mostly unnecessary and even a tad irritating about 360-degree videos.


Google's Daydream is also working with manufacturers to create a VR camera that will cost roughly the same amount as a point-and-shoot.

Google said the above move is aimed at simplifying the entire concept of 360-degree videos in the first place.

Interested? Check out this playlist of VR180 demos to see how the format plays on your headset. The Daydream VR team of Google is working with three companies now and the first VR180 products are expected to launch by winter this year.

Last year, Google made it easier to share YouTube videos directly with specific contacts.

The new chat and sharing feature will be landing across Latin America in the next few weeks, followed by the U.S.

For starters, YouTube Red is getting all-new content in 2017, specifically more than 40 new shows and movies. Paul, Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne and Charlotte within the next couple of weeks. To that end, the company this week announced a compromise of sorts: VR180.

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