It was reported back in January by Gizmodo, that YouTube would soon support 360 Degree Video Uploads, and that Google confirmed that it would be adding native support to its browser for 360 degree video support.
Well fast forward to about a week ago, when it was officially announced and released that YouTube now has support for uploading 360-degree videos. So, YouTube, Google, 360, videos... what does it all mean? To some it will mean just one thing, Amazing new way to watch videos! But, on the other end of the spectrum, it may mean videos that could leave you feeling a bit woozy.
Just like the technology that allows you to use Google Maps in street view, and pan around from left to right, up and down, in a complete 360 degree motion, YouTube (using Google Chrome only) will allow you to see videos that have been recorded in this 360 degree format. If this hasn't grabbed you attention yet, and has you yelling "Show me the Videos!," then think of the next possibility... VR!
Most notable VR headset like the Oculus Rift for example. With just your computer screen, you are able to set a 360 degree video to full screen and use the mouse or the directional control wheel located at the top right of a video to move around and see the entire 360 degrees. Sure, its amazing, but image if you had an Oculus Rift VR headset, if the comparability is there, you would just have to move your head, left right, up down, to view the same video. Just like being there and experiencing the same thing as the person who recorded the video! How awesome would that be.
Now take that one step further, imagine being able to go to a movie theater or watch a movie at home, with that same 360 degree field of view. Being able to watch Intersellar in 360-degrees would be mind blowing.
Sure, VR will definitely be amazing, no doubt about it. There are already game studios developing games for this purpose and some, like Euro Truck Simulator 2 and Mirror's Edge that already have this support, and the possibilities is so much more.
Currently there are a handful of new cameras that support or will support this 360 Degree spherical panoramic
recording capability. The Ricoh Theta
, Kodak SP360
, Giroptic 360cam, VSN V.360
, and other down the line. For the everyday person, YouTube video creators, and anyone really, these would be considered the "affordable" cameras, with most starting around the $400 USD price tag.
One of the most sleek and portable cameras on the market is the Ricoh Theta
, priced at around $415 on Amazon.com at the release of this article. The Ricoh Theta weighs 0.25 pounds, measures 5.08 x 0.9 x 1.65 inches, has 4GB of internal memory with no expansion option, which gives it only a maximum of 3 minutes of recording and charged via USB. Just look just like an over sized USB flash drive, the device is sleek and simple, 2 spherical cameras (back and front) are able to records in 1080P* video. Note regarding the video; the entire video is recorded in 1080P, but when viewing the actual video, the section you are looking at may appear lower quality since that section is not at 1080P.
Below is a great review by Jvlogger: Hikosaemon
, a Kiwi (from New Zealand) who has been living in Japan for some time now and creates some awesome videos on his YouTube channel. He's just purchased a Ricoh Theta and has been using and shooting videos for the past week since the YouTube update for 360 degree video uploads was announced. He has a great video review of the Ricoh Theta, and videos that have been recorded with the Ricoh Theta, which is recommended to watch using Google Chrome for the full 360 effect.
Check out the videos below, check out Hikosaemon's channel for more 360-degree videos! Let us know in the comments below what you think about the YouTube 360-degree capability!