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YouTube chops 360 video in half with new VR180 format



YouTube is showing off a brand new file format for creators that want to check out VR but are intimidated by taking the full plunge with all the crazy hardware and production issues. It’s called VR180 and it’s half of a spherical video.

It’s a simple evolution but it makes some notable compromises that give traditional and VR viewers some new gains.

In a recent blog post, Google talked about how 75% of 360-degree video users only look at the quadrant in front of them when the video starts. Part of that is a testament to people not being in swivel chairs.  The other part is that creators still really don’t know what to do with 360-degree cameras as the format is largely unexplored despite all the noise surrounding it.