Is there anything YouTube can’t do?! By overthrowing the old perception of how we watch entertainment AND changing the celebrity landscape for good, the folks at YouTube HQ have officially changed the Internet game – and they’re not stopping there. Starting back in March 2015, YouTube launched their 360° degree video channel featuring content that all lets the user scroll about freedom and watch clips from various angles.
It’s now rumoured that YouTube are currently in talks with various camera manufacturers in order to develop a way to live stream videos in 360° degrees as well. Whilst this hasn’t been confirmed yet and there is no specific timeline for it’s launch, it’s clear that YouTube are dipping their toes into further development with panoramic technology. This comes at the perfect time because with the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headset FINALLY launching in March this year, we can guarantee 2016 will be dominated by wearable and explorable technology.
However, just spontaneously creating the ability to film and stream simulatenously in 360° degrees is far more difficult than it sounds. High quality streams can only be achieved by stitching together video as it is recorded from multiple different feeds and cameras in order to form a cohesive 360° degree image. Cameras for this purpose already exist as Google created their own GoPro Odyssey Rig which already offers the ability to stitch, but this is only in post-production.
In the past YouTube have done amazing work with interactive 360° adverts for things such as Assassin’s Creed and Bud Light, as well as working with Google Cardboard to allow people around the world to strap smartphones to their head and view things in 360°! So will we be seeing Tanya Burr and Jim Chapman’s latest boyfriend tag video in 360°s? We certainly hope so.