Minds were blown everywhere starting yesterday afternoon as YouTube announced support for 360 degree videos. While the functionality currently only works in Chrome and with the Android YouTube app, people were quick to share the new functionality across various social media sites.
Whether it be a VR demo, following the Red Bull Formula 1 car around the racetrack, or experiencing a concert from the front row of the audience, after viewing a few of these you’ll likely never want to watch a boring standard 2D video again.
When viewed in Chrome, viewers can pan around the video by grabbing the screen with their mouse cursor (or finger if you have a touch screen) and moving in any direction. The cooler experience though is on an Android device in the YouTube app. Load up the video, put it full screen and rotate your device for a true 360 degree experience. Of course you can pan around the same way you would on a desktop but moving the phone around and turning your body in circles gives a much more interactive experience.
Take a look at a few examples (and trust me, you’ll want to view these – especially the last one – on your Android device):
And my personal favourite:
Currently video creation is limited to a few 360 degree cameras as these are relatively new to the market, and Google has provided a support page with instructions and how to add the required 360 degree metadata to your supported videos in order to be able to take advantage of the functionality.
What do you think of the new 360 degree video functionality in YouTube? Do you have a favourite? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.Source: Google Support