YouTube Testing Multi-Angle Video Feature
The online video-sharing giant YouTube is rolling out a new feature today that allows users to switch between multiple camera angles while the video is playing.
This multi-angle video feature is still in experimental stages right now and there is only one video, from a popular indie artist Madilyn Bailey concert, that actually showcases the functionality so far.
The nearly 6-minute long clip of Bailey’s live performance at the most recent YouTube Music Night features four interactive thumbnails at its right side. The user can click on these thumbnails to switchover between different camera angles.
“We’ve been tinkering with the concept for years now,” a spokesperson for YouTube said. “The news today is there to put out the call to creators to see if they want to try it.”
Google-owned site is now asking interested YouTube creators to sign up for YouTube Interactive Experience and it will allow a few select users to test the feature on their own channel. The bad news is, however, the experiment is currently limited to U.S.-based creators.
YouTube has lately been testing various features that it plans to add to its platform. These features are actually part of its redesigned strategy. No doubt, it is the most popular video-sharing site with the largest user-generated online content, but the site’s share of the online video market has steadily been declining, thanks to the social-networking sites, including Facebook and Twitter, which are rapidly emerging as serious YouTube’s turf.
Facebook recently revealed that its video has grown huge as the platform has been getting more than one billion video views every day since June 2014. Similarly, Twitter also announced last month that users will soon be able to incorporate 30-second videos into their tweets.
In such scenario, it’s becoming inevitable for YouTube to constantly innovate its platform if it wants to stand out from the competition. And the company is doing the same. YouTube team has been working on different technologies for past few months. One of the features the team was recently testing is the addition of native support for 360-degree videos, which ties with this latest experiment.
Both these features seem interesting and interactive for content creators and viewers alike, and if YouTube could make them work, they will surely help increase the engagement at the platform and thus retain its huge user base.