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

    by takyon (881) <takyonNO@SPAMsoylentnews.org> 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) <takyonNO@SPAMsoylentnews.org> 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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