YouTube Adds 360 Videos. VR Videos Next?



YouTube has recently started to add 360 degree videos to the video streaming service. In order to watch the 360 video you must be using Chrome/HTML5 on the desktop or the YouTube main app on Android devices that have Jelly Bean, Kitkat or Lollipop Android versions. Once the video is playing you simply use your mouse to look around.

If you want to upload your own video, the list of support cameras include: 
Bublcam, Giroptic’s 360cam, IC Real Tech’s Allie, Kodak’s SP360 and Ricoh Theta. If you own one of these cameras, you're not home free yet. You need to run a Python script on the video file to “insert the right metadata” and ensure that it uploads as a 360-degree video. Google says it’s working to make the entire process automatic.

Supporting 360 degree video is a great first step to adding full VR supported videos to YouTube. Full VR supported videos is of course their goal which would require stereo imaging and head tracking.

Read further 360 video upload directions from Google



Steven Paterson

Based in California. I am Scottish, I like Scotch and, oh yeah, a little VR too.