posted by Liam Dryden

Google are offering aspiring filmmakers the chance to try out their sweet new 360 video rig, YI HALO.

If you’re just starting out with making videos on YouTube, you’re probably still thinking about the perfect (affordable) camera. So a $17,000 360 VR camera like the new YI HALO might be a liiiiittle bit out of your budget; but Google are still giving you the chance to get your hands on one.

The YI HALO, from Google’s new line of Jump cameras, was unveiled this week.

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Lightweight, containing up to 17 lenses and able to shoot in 4K at 60 frames per second, the camera rig is a pretty formidable piece of tech that matches its price tag. But Google still want to get it in the hands of creators, to encourage experimentation with the VR platform; and have launched a programme called Jump Start for aspiring filmmakers to pitch their ideas.

Watch the announcement video for a preview of what the YI HALO can do.

Jump Start aims to provide creators access to this absolute beast of a camera setup; providing they have a strong enough pitch. Their decision will be based on whether or not the project is original, feasible, and a good use of VR; so if you’ve had a crazy VR idea rattling around in your head for a while, you have until May 22nd to send in your pitch for the Jump Start Programme.


For more advice on nailing your first YouTube videos, check out our series “Vlogging 101” in the playlist below.