It was only a matter of time: YouTube now supports 360-degree videos. Immersive video is now accessible to just about anyone, both on the creator and the audience side. Google just turned on 360-degree video uploads for YouTube creators, letting anyone who can film the immerse footage using something like Bublcam or Ricoh Theta the ability to put their creations on YouTube, where they can be viewed in the YouTube for Android app or in Chrome.
Google initially announced the functionality would be coming in January. Though its late by two months, its totally worth the wait. Now, YouTubers can now jump on board. Crag of the mouse is all that is required for the YouTube users on Android and web to alter the view. The compatibility to its iOS apps and other devices are not very far says YouTube.
Despite Google not mentioning them specifically in the post, the potential to view 360-degree videos via Virtual Reality headsets or those built using Google Cardboard, simply by moving their head around the landscape is the most fascinating possibility here.
The company says it has been co-working with some of the sector’s biggest companies to simplify the process of creating a 360-degree videos and add them to YouTube. Google says the Bublcam, the Giropitic 360cam, the IC Real Tech Allie, the Kodas SP360 and Ricoh Theta cameras are already compatible with YouTube. There is also a script that video creators will have to run on their videos to make sure the video uploads to YouTube with the proper metadata, but the company is working on making this process automatic in the future.
On the YouTube Creator blog Google wrote: “ You share incredible videos with your fans every second of the day, but what if you could share even more in that video? Like, sharing the entire moment that you’re filming?
“You could let viewers see the stage and the crowd of your concert, the sky and the ground as you wingsuit glide, or you could even have a choose-your-own-adventure video where people see a different story depending on where they look. Only you know what’s possible.”
“That’s why today we are starting to support 360-degree video uploads on YouTube, to continue giving you all the best resources to connect with your viewers.”
Overall, playing around with the experience for a short while, it’s a lot of fun, even if the video quality is bit on the low side at the moment. The ability to look around a scene on the YouTube app by just moving the phone in pretty neat.
To give it a shot, check out the video below in either Chrome or the YouTube app on Android.