Rumor: YouTube will support 360-degree live video

Feb

4

2016

YouTube is examining the possibility to stream live 360-degree video through its platform. That several sources reported to BuzzFeed. When the function is available, it is not yet known.

At this time, the number of 360-degree camera that can generate a live stream still small. Also, the quality of the video in this case, is still low. To 360-degree videos to get high quality, should the images from different cameras are subsequently merged and the nodes in real time to each of the images requires a lot of computing power.

Google has already developed a 360-degree camera in partnership with GoPro, GoPro Odyssey. It is actually a camera rig with sixteen GoPro’s. The camera setup is exactly described by Google and can therefore in principle be reproduced by anyone with the right GoPro’s. Google has previously then created their own “compiler” which it calls the ‘Jump-compiler “or” Jump assembler. The compiler converts the sixteen raw video feeds from the cameras in VR video in stereoscopic 3D, but there is still need a lot of computing power. Perhaps this can be done directly on the servers of YouTube.

GoPro Odyssey GoPro Odyssey : 16 HERO4 cameras, 30×6,5cm, 6.6 kg

Google can not assume that everyone has the same cameras and thus can stream the same video feeds to YouTube, writes BuzzFeed further. Thus it will occur that the specifications of the recording device are known, like the Odyssey. Perhaps YouTube wishes to establish a standard for 360-degree camera developers, but it is also possible that the assembly-side YouTubes software to handle a large number of different cameras.

Another option is to put everything together on camera and then send it only to YouTube. Which can at present only with a single camera and requires very powerful hardware, which is not yet affordable enough for use in any consumer versions. Thus Nokia recently came on the up with a VR camera called ESE, which stereoscopic images in real time, can output via HDMI.

YouTube added support in March 2015 to 360-degree videos. This could owners of a Google Cardboard VR glasses to enjoy 360-degree videos through the YouTube app.

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