YouTube may join the VR trend with 360-degree videos. The recent immersive activity is bigger than ever, so it is obvious that YouTube plans to keep up with it. Becoming an innovator in the upcoming revolution of video clip formatting could be a challenging process, but YouTube, backed up by its popularity and the support from Google, is capable of doing it.
The Google-owned platform is preparing itself to launch live 360-degree video clips, according to sources in the tech media. This would let customers to watch various live activities and other shows via a VR device or just look around the virtual space with a cellular phone.
A release period for the supposed 360-degree service is still unclear. To get equipped for these live streams, YouTube has had numerous discussions with various 360-degree digicam creators, but what those meeting were about is uncertain for now.
As techers point out, the video network has to get over several difficulties in order to develop 360-degree videos in real-time, so overcoming those issues could require synchronization with the manufacturers. 360-degree devices are typically round stations carrying many cameras simultaneously to catch every possible position.
Those separate digicam videos are then put together with special programs after the filming to make a 360-degree clip. For live videos to work properly, all that video merging has to happen instantly and probably in a professional way in order to help the numerous YouTube web servers to display these live streams.
The company’s 360-degree video attempts started last year when it showed the features for Android-powered gadgets or HTML 5-based online browsers. After a while, Google presented the Jump system, a wide set of software and components resources to make 360-degree videos for YouTube.
Recently, YouTube added professional support for Google Cardboard through the dedicated Android application. This selection permitted customers to make any video clip on the website a Cardboard-complying app with the simple press of a key.
While YouTube’s numerous 360-degree content can be seen on a smart phone, the most apparent use situation for immersive video clips would be represented by the recent virtual reality activities. This year, VR creators promise to conquer the tech market with Facebook’s Oculus Rift device, followed by HTC with its Vive headset.
Google will also get more involved in the virtual industry, based on the latest clues that the organization wants to create its own VR system, one that will hopefully not be made of cheap cardboard.
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