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posted by Fnord666 on Friday June 23 2017, @03:03PM   Printer-friendly
from the ontology-rules dept.

Google is launching VR180, a format which ignores the world behind the camera:

Google is launching a new, more limited cinematic VR format that it hopes will be almost as accessible as regular YouTube videos. It's called VR180, a collaboration between YouTube and Google's Daydream VR division. And it'll be produced with a new line of cameras from Yi, Lenovo, and LG, as well as other partners who meet VR180 certification standards.

As the name suggests, VR180 videos don't stretch all the way around a viewer in VR. They're supposed to be immersive if you're facing forward, but you can't turn and glance behind you. Outside VR, they'll appear as traditional flat videos, but you can watch them in 3D virtual reality through the YouTube app with a Google Cardboard, Daydream, or PlayStation VR headset.

Creators can shoot the videos using any camera with a VR180 certification. Google's Daydream team is working with the three companies above, and the first of their VR180 products are supposed to launch this winter, at roughly the same price as a point-and-shoot camera. So far, the only image we've seen is the one above, a line drawing of Lenovo's design. It appears to have two wide-angle lenses that can shoot stereoscopic video, and it's a far cry from the expensive alien orbs that we often see in VR film shoots.

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  • (Score: 2) by Pino P on Friday June 23 2017, @03:47PM (7 children)

    by Pino P (4721) on Friday June 23 2017, @03:47PM (#530055) Journal

    The 180 degree format sounds superficially similar to the IMAX Dome (formerly OMNIMAX) format [wikipedia.org] used for documentaries.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 23 2017, @04:28PM (6 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 23 2017, @04:28PM (#530068)

    There are two cameras, one for each eye, so you get 3D and can usefully move your eyes -- there is more than you can see without moving your eyes.

    What you can't usefully do it tilt your head (ruined 3D effect) move your head around (no data for behind you).

    Now of course, what happens if you do tilt and move your head around? If there is head tracking, you can see a black hemisphere behind you. If there is no head tracking, nausea is likely, because the whole world moves with your head.

    • (Score: 2) by Pino P on Friday June 23 2017, @05:01PM

      by Pino P (4721) on Friday June 23 2017, @05:01PM (#530080) Journal

      What you can't usefully do it tilt your head (ruined 3D effect) move your head around (no data for behind you).

      Drawbacks that IMAX Dome shares. Perhaps over a certain amount of roll, the viewer could fall back to 2D.

      Now of course, what happens if you do tilt and move your head around? If there is head tracking, you can see a black hemisphere behind you.

      Or this hemisphere could be filled with cartoonish heads of a virtual audience in the seats of a dome.

    • (Score: 2) by takyon on Friday June 23 2017, @05:09PM (3 children)

      by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Friday June 23 2017, @05:09PM (#530086) Journal

      I was thinking that the same footage could be mirrored to cover 360 degrees. Or black void. Or some crazy visualization that might be based on the video. Or a cartoon audience. There are many possibilities.

      How about a UI? You check out front facing video, and when you're done you can turn around and select something from a catalog. Thumbnails + UI elements on a background.

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 23 2017, @06:28PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 23 2017, @06:28PM (#530143)

        > black void...select something from a catalog

        "My God, it's full of ads!"

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 24 2017, @02:12AM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 24 2017, @02:12AM (#530385)

        Pirouettes after every 5-minute youtube video? With perhaps a side order of mad powerglove gesticulation to flip through the "catalog"?

        If you can convince Americans to do that, you'll have solved our obesity problem.

        • (Score: 2) by takyon on Saturday June 24 2017, @03:34AM

          by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Saturday June 24 2017, @03:34AM (#530422) Journal

          Of course the YouTube autoplay feature + VR180 could kill any chance at slimming Amerifats.

          At least with Cardboard, you know there is content behind you. Now, nothing! Just lay on your bed, stare straight up, listen to foley artists and watch GoPro spelunking.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 23 2017, @06:20PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 23 2017, @06:20PM (#530136)

      Can't wait to see the remake of A Clockwork Orange in this new format!