Live 360-degree video streaming launches on YouTube

Live 360-degree video streaming launches on YouTube

360-degree video of Wimbledon Tennis championships YouTube is launching live streaming for 360-degree video streaming, with California’s Coachella music and arts festival the first thing to be broadcast in the format. The Google -owned company will expand its live 360-degree video platform by allowing users with virtual reality headsets or standard web browsers to watch some performances from the festival this weekend. 360-degree videos have been supported by YouTube since March 2015. The video format is […]

The Google-owned company will expand its 360 video platform by allowing users with virtual reality headsets or standard web browsers to watch some performances from the festival this weekend.

360-degree videos have been supported by YouTube since March 2015. The video format is also supported by Facebook, with content filmed using 360-degree camera rigs.

Neal Mohan, YouTube’s chief product officer, said the video platform was working with a number of companies to make live 360-degree video software capable of supporting live video. “What excites me most about live 360-degree video storytelling is that it lets us open up the world’s experiences to everyone,” Mohan explained in a blog post. “Students can now experience news events in the classroom as they unfold.”

YouTube’s announcement follows similar moves by rival firms to support 360-degree video.

At Facebook’s F8 developer conference, held earlier in April, the company announced it had created an open source 360-degree video camera that anyone with enough money (around £21,000) could build themselves.

Sky television has also created a VR production studio that will see four videographers working to create 20 360-degree videos for the Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear and online platforms in the next year. Although the videos will not be live-streamed it will produce 360-degree news, arts and entertainment videos.

Elsewhere, VR and augmented reality video company Medical Realities live streamed the first 360-degree surgery last week. The surgery, which saw a 70-year-old London man have a tumour operated on, was broadcast live online.

As well as the live Live 360-degree video, YouTube has also introduced spatial audio for on-demand YouTube videos. The audio type adds a sense of depth, distance and space by virtually recreating the space in which they were recorded.

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