YouTube Developing 180-Degree VR Format

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YouTube is working on a new virtual reality format for creating content in 180-degrees rather than the 360-degrees typically associated with VR.

Called ‘VR180’ and created in collaboration with Google’s Daydream team, YouTube said the format would allow creators to make VR content without the difficulties and costs often associated with making 360-degree VR.

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“Creators only have to worry about recording what’s in front of them while viewers get an awesome, immersive experience with a VR headset, or a video that looks just as great on a phone as any other video,” YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said in a blog post.

At least three camera manufacturers – LG, Yi and Lenovo – are building VR180 cameras with prices starting from “a couple hundred dollars” according to Wojcicki.

Product manager Frank Rodriguez said the VR180 format was designed to be viewed on a wide range of devices.

“VR180 video focuses on what’s in front of you, are high resolution, and look great on desktop and on mobile. They transition seamlessly to a VR experience when viewed with Cardboard, Daydream, and PSVR, which allow you to view the images stereoscopically in 3-D, where near things look near, and far things appear far. VR180 also supports livestreaming videos so creators and fans can be together in real time,” Rodriguez said.

More information about the VR180 format can be found on the YouTube website.

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