YouTube Supports 360° Video Now! 3D Stereoscopic and Live Streaming Will Follow Soon.
This week, YouTube started to support 360° surround video with "pan and scan" feature on desktop PC and mobile devices. YouTube product manager Sanjeev Verma tells us that Google Cardboard and stereoscopic 3D support are definitely on the roadmap. Livestreaming, as well. Full 360° video demos here under.
The quality's a little low right now -- unless you bump these up to super high resolutions, it's a bit of a mess.... Project lead Anjali Wheeler says 360-degree videos take up 4-5 times as much bandwidth as a traditional YouTube video.
You may experience 360 degree videos on YouTube using the official app for Android by simply moving your phone or tablet around to explore. The company plans to offer the same thing on iPhones and iPads in the near future. For now, you’ll also be able to try it out with Google’s Chrome browser on a desktop computer, exploring each video by clicking and dragging the cursor.
VR is the future
You could create videos like this yourself. If you've got a crazy new 360-degree camera like the Ricoh Theta and Kodak SP360 (or the upcoming Giroptic, Bublcam, and Allie) you can now share moments from your life and practice 360-degree storytelling on YouTube's hugely popular video sharing platform.
You have to output your footage in "equirectangular" format, which is a fancy way of saying that your spherical shot has to be stretched out into a flat rectangular shape to process it properly.