YouTube Will Soon Support 360-Degree Video Uploads

YouTube Will Soon Support 360-Degree Video Uploads

Look out, YouTube fans. Soon, you'll be able to immerse yourself in videos that go all the way around. Google has just confirmed to Gizmodo that it will be adding native support for 360-degree videos to its streaming video service.

That means you should eventually, theoretically be able to take all the crazy footage you're capturing with new cameras like the Ricoh Theta, Kodak SP360, Giroptic 360cam, VSN V.360, Bublcam and more, and share those moments with your friends through YouTube. Assuming YouTube figures out a way to take the results from those rather differently shaped cameras and make them work. From what we hear, that's the goal.

We don't have any details from Google yet, only a statement from a YouTube spokesperson that provides a vague timeframe for when we might see the feature roll out: "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."

Where these videos could get really interesting is when you can view them in virtual reality. Samsung just launched its Milk VR service to provide 360-degree videos for the Gear VR headset, but YouTube and Google Cardboard could make for a potent combination too.


Comments

    As someone who doesn't like to miss any details in movies this kind of scares me.... I can see myself watching a movie over and over again from all the angles from fear of missing out... :/

    When they said they are working to support 360 videos in the coming weeks, does it mean that they are ready to have the feature working on youtube in the coming weeks? Or that they are only about to start working on it in the coming weeks?

      Actually, its already available but it only works with Google Chrome and with videos that have been shot in 360 degrees. If you go to Youtube and do a look up for "360 degree videos", you will see on the top left hand side of the video player, some buttons that control the angle of the view.

      Last edited 15/03/15 6:28 pm

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