Clearly, for the past few years, the tech industry continues to thrive on Virtual Reality or VR, providing VR cameras for recording traditional videos in 360-degree, while supporting video playback with the use of VR-capable smartphones and dedicated VR kit like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Although the future seems bright for VR, its mass production and availability continue to stall due to the expensive price of the needed hardware. But with the introduction of YouTube VR180, the most popular online video platform tries to bridge the gap between mainstream consumers, particularly YouTubers or content creators and VR services by cutting the 360-perspective into 180-perspective.
Experiencing VR is nothing short of a revolutionary way of watching traditional videos. In essence, it’s basically reality being slapped right in front of your eyeballs. However, the experience seems to be lackluster due to lack of clarity and details. In order for you to fully enjoy VR and to perceive the same crispness of traditional videos recorded in ultra-high definition, both screen used for VR should be able to support and present at least in 8K video resolution. Right now, we’re gradually adapting 4K video monitors and the requirements needed to edit and render 4K videos can barely handle by the top hardware available today. And as hardware requirements go up, the price also goes up.
Hardware requirement reduced
In short, the technology is too fast and our pockets can’t keep up. With VR180, we’re about to perceive a much enjoyable 180-degree video quality, hopefully, without degrading the fun and immersion of VR-capability. This way, by cutting it half, the requirement to render 180-degree video is also cut in half, allowing content creators to adapt VR technology without the need for the most expensive equipment. Viewing 180-degree videos is pretty much the same with 360-degree videos needing only Google Carboard or any Daydream-compatible smartphones or PSVR to watch the content.
The VR180 ecosystem is still new so don’t expect your videos to be recorded in this format right at the bat. YouTube, or Google rather, is partnering with global brands such as LG, Lenovo, and Yi Technology to produce VR180-capable cameras. Recording this particular format of video is the same as how you record with any camera. You can start watching their first batch of the 180-degree video here.