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Good news for You Tube users. Google’s streaming video service now serves up videos that let you look in any direction and not just where the camera is pointing. This could be a big deal.
Experts say, the service would be just like to see from the perspective of a race car driver, or experience a concert from the best seat in the house. As long as you’re using a Chrome browser, you can tap and drag to look around. Or, with the YouTube app on an Android device, you can pan by simply moving your phone.
Tech experts say, the quality is little low right now unless you bump these up to super high resolutions, it’s a bit of a mess.
But also consider the huge possibilities. You could create videos like this yourself. If you’ve got a crazy new 360-degree camera like the Ricoh Theta and Kodak SP360 you can now share moments from your life and practice 360-degree storytelling on YouTube’s hugely popular video sharing platform.
The possibilities of viewing things are useless. Imagine capturing a perfect sunset or the birth of your child and then inviting someone to experience it in virtual reality. That’s coming, too.
The good news, however, comes with a caveat. The 360-degree uploads right on Chrome and YouTube for Android (more platforms on the way) and you also 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.
The search giant assures us this is going away ASAP and you’ve got to use a Python script to inject metadata into every video so YouTube knows you mean business.
The hope is that YouTube will unite the growing number of 360-degree camera makers under its one roof, get them all to embrace the same format, so that all you need to do is figure out where to put the camera to capture incredible moments and share them with the world. The company is even planning to offer the cameras to the creators in its YouTube Space in Los Angeles and work with them to figure out ways to tell 360-degree stories.
”Let’s wait and watch to see how the things figure out,”