YouTube announces VR180 format for traditional video makers

YouTube announced at VidCon that it would be supporting a new format for traditional video makers called “VR180”, which focuses on displaying stereoscopic video in 180 degrees.

Working alongside Google Daydream’s team, YouTube said VR180 is meant to provide a more accessible option for traditional video makers who want to transition into VR. The new format doesn’t require prohibitively expensive equipment, but allows for high quality 180-degree VR video.

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YouTube’s blog post says that shooting for VR180 will be as simple as setting up a camera and filming what’s in front of you, with video being able to make a seamless transition into Cardboard, Daydream, and PSVR headsets.

The goal is to launch into partnerships with manufacturers to build cameras made specifically for use with VR180, aiming for prices comparable to regular point and shoot cameras. Cameras from YI, Lenovo, and LG are on the way, with the first ones projected to hit shelves this winter.

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