YouTube Developing 180-Degree VR Format

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"VR180 also supports livestreaming videos so creators and fans can be together in real time". As might already be perceptible, the new VR180 makes for a full 360-degree video spliced in half. VR180 aims to keep the qualities of both, and "this format delivers 3-D video while capturing 180-degrees around you".

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. The cameras all have dual lenses on the front, and YouTube tells creators to "set up and film your videos the way you normally would with any other camera". While it will not be as powerful as the 360-degree video, it will definitely be better than normal videos. She said the new VR180 cameras will be available "for as little as a couple hundred dollars", making the price comparable to point-and-shoot cams.

Google said the above move is aimed at simplifying the entire concept of 360-degree videos in the first place. We don't know what these cameras will look like in terms of design, though Lenovo has released a line drawing of its upcoming VR180 format camera. Google said you can expect these cameras to come from Yi, Lenovo, and LG, as well as other partners.

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"We want to make VR more accessible and more affordable for viewers and creators". Christened VR180, it allows producers to shoot videos that are immersive when viewed in a VR headset but will have a traditional perspective when watched on a 2D computer screen or phone. If you're on a desktop, you can still view the video, just as a stationary 16:9 video.

During VidCon 2017, YouTube announced a new virtual reality format called VR180. Except for gaming, VR videos have not picked up since its arrival. The launch of the new format is also accompanied by similar efforts to launch suitable hardware to actually shoot the video.

Google also announced some new updates to the official YouTube application that will be rolled out in coming weeks. The service, which launched in April in select markets including NY and Los Angeles, will soon be available in 10 new cities, including Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Phoenix. Paul, Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne and Charlotte will all soon get YouTube TV. It appears now that YouTube has created what some might see as a solution. Naturally, YouTube is using the event to make a number of big announcements.