YouTube to support 360-degree video

7 Jan 2015

YouTube is to expand its compatible formats for the online video player after confirming it is to add native support for 360-degree video uploads.

Just recently the biggest provider of online video content allowed content producers to upload footage as high as 60 frames per second (fps) and now are looking to expand with the growing number of 360-degree-capable cameras on the market.

Speaking with Gizmodo, Google confirmed its intentions but must now figure out a way to be able to make all the different brands of camera Ricoh to Bublcam appear the same.

However, Google are still remaining quite tight-lipped about when we are likely to see this native support become available to the public with the Google spokesperson having only written to Gizmodo, “Ever wanted to get 360 perspectives on a video to see everything going on? That’s why we’re working to support 360 degree videos in the coming weeks.”

The potential for 360 degree videos appears to be paving the way for the expected roll out of a number of virtual reality headsets, including the Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Rift that would allow for 360 degree vision that could then be recorded and put on YouTube.

360 degree view image via Shutterstock

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic