YouTube introduced support for 360-degree videos back in March 2015. Now, Google’s online video site will allow 360 video viewing on the Google Cardboard virtual reality set, as well as on some Apple devices, for the first time ever.
At the Google I/O event in San Francisco, YouTube announced the 360 video support for Cardboard, and said the videos would soon also be viewable on all devices running Apple’s iOS 8.0 operating system. YouTube already allows 360-degree playback on its Android app, as well as via Google’s Chrome internet browser.
In addition to added 360 video support, YouTube will help creators make videos using this immersive filming format. All six YouTube Spaces located in Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, New York, Berlin, and Sao Paulo now offer the Jump capture rig, a circular device with 16 camera slots which allows creators to shoot and compile 3D videos.
The new 360-degree Jump camera rig has already been used by Grammy-nominated artist Avicii. In a collaboration with YouTube music star Kurt Hugo Schneider, Avicii filmed the new music video “Waiting for Love” solely using the Jump cameras at the YouTube Space LA. Here’s the fascinating final result:
YouTube noted it has plans to introduce even more video-viewing experiences to its platform in the future, such as bringing 3D viewing to 360-degree videos.