YouTube CEO Unveils User Numbers, Plans For VR And Live Streaming

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With the new technology, dubbed YouTube VR180, Google is looking to capture 180-degree images in 3D to make it easier for non-VR viewers to watch them. Called VR180, it allows creators to shoot 180-degree videos and allow them to playback on smartphones and VR headsets.

Daydream is now collaborating with manufacturers like LG and Lenovo to make the new VR180 cameras. Among the news and initiatives announced were; an update to YouTube viewing figures, an initiative to make VR filming more accessible (VR180), updated YouTube mobile apps and desktop site designs, easier video sharing plans, new original shows coming to YouTube Red, and the announcement of YouTube TV coming to more United States regions. That's what you will experience when the VR180 video is played in a VR device like Daydream VR, Google Cardboard, PlayStation VR etc. VR180 will not be limited to videos that are produced in a workspace, but will also be able to support the experience during a livestream.

YouTube also used VidCon 2017 to announce that, within the next few weeks, an update will be rolled out for its mobile app that ensures videos can "dynamically adapt" to whatever size the user wants. From vlogs, to makeup tutorials to music videos - your videos will work great in VR. Its partners include YI, Lenovo and LG - all of whom should have cameras on the shelves this United States winter. Google said the VR180 cameras will be "as easy to use as point-and-shoot cameras" and will come with a similar price tag.


Google realized that filming 360-degree videos isn't an easy task for most content creators. For other manufacturers, we're opening up a VR180 certification program and Z CAM will be one of our first partners.

Wojcicki introduced two new mobile capabilities, including a feature that automatically reformats videos shot vertically or in square to render normally on a viewer's smartphone. If you can't wait to try these out, eligible creators can apply to loan a VR180-enabled camera from one of our YouTube Spaces around the globe.

Disney (DIS) should probably take note - live-streaming video on YouTube might soon be as good or even better than what audiences see on ESPN.

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