YouTube To Add Support For 360 Degree Videos
So you thought that all your footage from 3D cameras like the Ricoh Theta, Kodak SP360, Giroptic 360cam, VSN V.360 and Bublcam did not yield the same experience on when you shared it through YouTube? Think again, as YouTube is apparently seeing to addressing this issue as well.
Google has now confirmed that it will be adding native support for 360-degree videos to its streaming video service – YouTube. While there haven’t been any details rolled out by the search engine giant, a spokesperson of YouTube was reported to have been saying:
Ever wanted to get 360 perspectives on a video to see everything going on? That’s why we’re working to support 360 degree videos in the coming weeks.
This means that it won’t be long before we emerge into an actual, virtual 3D world on our favorite video streaming platform. Samsung has already launched its Milk VR service to provide 360-degree videos for its Gear VR headset, which offers 1-10 minute videos in the fields of music, sports, action, and lifestyle.
So it would be interesting if we find YouTube in collaboration with Google Cardboard for this purpose.
However, the French company Giroptic revealed the news on CES 2015 that its 360cam will be the first 360 degree camera YouTube will be supporting natively. Whereas YouTube says that it is working to support all 360 degree videos uploaded to YouTube.
Giroptic has announced that Google will allow users of its camera to upload videos to Street View, which will enable users to map locations completely wherever they stroll off too.
Up till now, most of the companies which offer 360 degree cameras are only able to display the 360 degree video in their apps or specialized video players in the browser. But as the video viewing sensation – YouTube – is gearing up to support 360 degree videos, we can safely bet on a great turn in the tables for this field of 360 degree videos and cameras.
The 360cam is a rugged, waterproof device which can easily be attached to a number of accessories, and its $499 price tag is the same as the GoPro Hero4.
360cam is positioned against the GoPro, and expected to be released later in Q1 of this year. By then, YouTube and StreetView will also be available when it launches, marking a strong entry into the market with the company’s support.