YouTube is working on a new virtual reality format for creating content in 180-degrees rather than the 360-degrees typically associated with VR.
Now, this seems like a step back and 50 percent immersion reduction, but what it does is merely eliminate the part of the equation everyone finds mostly unnecessary and even a tad irritating about 360-degree videos. Unlike 360-degree videos, the VR180 content will focus on what's in front of the viewer, giving a complete 180-degrees of viewing space. Dallas-Fort Worth, Washington, D.C., Houston, Atlanta, Phoenix, Detroit, Minneapolis-St.
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"The reality is, filming 360-degree VR videos isn't easy for most creators and some VR cameras are expensive", said YouTube's CEO Susan Wojcicki. These cameras will come with two lenses, and will be about the size of a regular point-and-shoot camera. The first series of VR180 products are expected to hit the market by the fourth quarter of this year.
For creators, you'll be able to set up and film your videos the way you normally would with any other camera. And they will even be able to edit them through usual editing software tools like Adobe Premiere Pro. From vlogs, to makeup tutorials to music videos - your videos will work great in VR. We don't know what these cameras will look like in terms of design, though Lenovo has released a line drawing of its upcoming VR180 format camera. The launch of the new format is also accompanied by similar efforts to launch suitable hardware to actually shoot the video.
YouTube will also soon make sharing videos with your friends easier with a fifth button on the bottom bar of the mobile app allowing for quicker access to the feature.