YouTube adds support for 360-degree videos

For now, 360-degree videos are only viewable on specific platforms, such as the YouTube app on Android and videos embedded in Chrome. From the YouTube Creator Blog:

People can watch your videos on the existing YouTube app for Android, and by moving the phone or tablet around they'll see all the different angles while the video plays. They can do the same on or embedded videos on Chrome by using the mouse to drag the point of view around, and we're working to bring this to iPhone, iPad and other devices soon.

Google says that it worked with a number of companies that create 360-degree video cameras to make creating the videos compatible with YouTube. There is also a script that video creators will have to run on their videos to make sure the video uploads to YouTube with the proper metadata, but the company is working on making this process automatic in the future.

Overall, in our short time playing around with the experience, it's a lot of fun, even if the video quality is a bit on the low side at the moment. The ability to look around a scene on the YouTube app by just moving your phone around is pretty neat, and we can't wait to see what interactive experiences people come up with using 360-degree video. If you'd like to give it a shot for yourself, check out the video below in either Chrome or the YouTube app on Android.

Source: YouTube Creator Blog