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Google Is Launching New Cameras With 180-Degree VR Video Support

Until now, VR has opened a new 360-degree world for us. But Google thinks that 180-degree VR videos can lead to even more immersive experiences. And that’s why they’ve worked out a new video format called VR180 – a joint effort between the YouTube and Google Daydream team.
The maximum angle our eyes can cover is 180 degrees. So we could speculate that the concept of making VR180 videos might have some relation to it, in order to make the view more realistic, or as Google says, “stereotypically in 3D, where near things look near, and far things appear far” when viewed on VR headsets like Daydream, Cardboard, and PSVR.
Also, displaying the same 4K resolution video in just 180-degrees would make it significantly sharper on both desktop and mobile devices. What’s more the format also includes support for live streaming.
Google says there is no additional work for the content creators, as they can use their regular cameras to shoot videos and edit them using common tools. However, the company aims to offer extensive support for VR180 by integrating it into cameras by default.
Google VR180
Credit: Google
They want to keep these VR180 cameras in the same price bracket as point-and-shoot cameras and make them as simple as possible for novices.
“The reality is, filming 360-degree VR videos isn’t easy for most creators and some VR cameras are expensive,” said YouTube’s CEO Susan Wojcicki in her blog post.
Lenovo, LG, and YI will bring the first lot of VR180 cameras in the market later this year. Google will put a VR180 stamp on devices from other manufacturers through a certification program. The company is also lending VR180-enabled cameras to eligible creators through the YouTube Spaces.
If you’re a little bit excited, 180-degree videos have started to appear on YouTube.
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