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VR180 video format launched by YouTube, related cams coming soon

24 June 2017

With this kind of content consumption scenario in mind, YouTube and Google Daydream have worked together on VR180 to make it "easy and affordable for anyone to make VR videos". As some of you may know, only 360-degree videos are compatible with VR headsets.

360-degree videos aren't going anywhere but VR180 should provide an easier entry point for viewers as well as fewer headaches for those doing the actual filming.

While you won't be able to see what's behind you in 180-degree videos, according to Google, the new format will offer the same 3D immersive experience you would expect a good VR experience to deliver.

The limited field of view does have its advantages, such as providing viewers with a sharper 4K resolution directly in front of them, smaller file sizes, and less concern over stitching and parallax issues.

You no longer have to worry you'll appear in the shot and, well, look dumb, as VR180-capable cameras only focus on what's in front of the videographer. The new VR180 format will just serve as a stepping stone before graduating to the more demanding 360-degree format. As for price, Wojcicki says these cameras will be comparatively cheaper to 360 cameras, revealing that VR180 cameras "are just a couple hundred [dollars]".

Other manufacturers can apply to the VR180 certification program.

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"We want to make VR available to everyone", Wojcicki said.

During VidCon 2017, YouTube announced a new virtual reality format called VR180.

YouTube has been working to improve its service, introduce new features and services in a bid to sell more digital ads, the company's main source of revenue.

Pick a video, then share it with the phone contacts on your device with a message. Twelve new projects will be added to the platform at an unspecified time in the future. Moreover, users will also be able to live stream using VR180 cameras.

The new targeted markets are Dallas-Fort Worth, Washington, D.C., Houston, Atlanta, Phoenix, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne and Charlotte will all soon get YouTube TV.

VR180 video format launched by YouTube, related cams coming soon