YouTube's mobile app will soon 'dynamically' adapt videos to fit the screen

Posted June 24, 2017

To help pull traditional content creators into the VR space, YouTube is launching a new "VR180" format, which is exactly what it sounds like: stereoscopic video, but only in 180 degrees.

Susan revealed that YouTube has developed a feature called VR 180, which allows you to record 3D video in 180 degrees.

However, when viewed with Cardboard, Daydream, and PSVR, the same clip will turn seamlessly into a VR experience, which will allow the users 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. From vlogs, to makeup tutorials to music videos - your videos will work great in VR.

VR footage is typically created using 360-degree video formats, which require the person filming to capture footage in a full circle around them.

The company says that VR180 videos can easily be uploaded to its website like any other video format. LG, Lenovo and Yi would follow suit with their VR180 cameras this winter.

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YouTube also plans to open ip the VR180 certification program to other manufacturers who want to build their own cameras.

Wojcicki, who shared this important milestone on the same day she took to the stage at VidCon, a conference for online video creators in Anaheim, California, added that the average viewer spends over an hour a day watching YouTube on mobile devices alone. Up until now, the built-in sharing feature was only available in Canada but Google has announced that the feature will be roll-out in more regions in the coming weeks, with the feature first going live in Latin America followed by the US.

YouTube TV, the new streaming project in partnership with major TV networks in the U.S., also sees a rapid growth.

Interested? Check out this playlist of VR180 demos to see how the format plays on your headset. In real terms, this means that irrespective of whether a video was shot vertically or horizontally, YouTube will adapt it to fill the screen.