YouTube is enhancing its VR with a new format and, even, new cameras to bring even more depth and clarity to virtual reality.
For any who may not yet know, virtual realty – VR for short – is immersive video which puts the viewer smack in the middle of the video being watched. Viewers find themselves surrounded by the images and can almost reach out and touch what they see. Almost.
YouTube wants to take that video experience a step further.
“VR180 video focuses on what’s in front of you, are high resolution, and look great on desktop and on mobile,” explains the YouTube blog. “They transition seamlessly to a VR experience when viewed with Cardboard, Daydream, and PSVR, which allow you to view the images stereoscopically in 3-D, where near things look near, and far things appear far. VR180 also supports livestreaming videos so creators and fans can be together in real time.”
“For creators, you’ll be able to set up and film your videos the way you normally would with any other camera,” further explains YouTube. “And, soon, you’ll be able to edit using familiar tools like Adobe Premiere Pro. From vlogs, to makeup tutorials to music videos – your videos will work great in VR.”
The video format is one thing, says YouTube. VR cameras are a whole other ballgame.
“We want to make cameras that are easy to work with too,” say YouTube. “The Daydream team is working with several manufacturers to build cameras from the ground up for VR180. 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. They will be as easy to use as point-and-shoot cameras, for around the same price.”
And, of course, easy to upload to YouTube.
“Cameras from YI, Lenovo, and LG are on the way, and the first ones will hit shelves this winter,” according to the blog. “For other manufacturers, we’re opening up a VR180 certification program and Z CAM will be one of our first partners. Learn more and sign up for updates at vr.google.com/vr180. If you can’t wait to try these out, eligible creators can apply to loan a VR180-enabled camera from one of our YouTube Spaces around the globe.”
Mobile app adapt
YouTube will also make its mobile app adapt to whatever size in which the video happened to be shot.
“Who cares if they’re vertical or horizontal? Shot on a mobile phone or DSLR? Square, 4:3 or 16:9?,” asks YouTube rhetorically. “In the coming weeks, the YouTube mobile app will dynamically adapt to whatever size you choose to watch it in. That means if you’re watching a vertical, square or horizontal video, the YouTube player will seamlessly adapt itself, filling the screen exactly the way they should.