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Almost two years after it first decided to dip its toes into the world of immersive 360° and virtual reality (VR) viewing, YouTube has announced that it has been working on a brand new video format, VR180.

youtubevr 23june2017The company says the new format is the fruit of work with its parent Google's Daydream team. VR180 video focuses on what’s in front of the viewer, in high resolution, on desktop and on mobile. Images transition to a VR experience when viewed with Cardboard, Daydream, and PSVR, which images to be viewed stereoscopically in 3D. VR180 also supports live streaming videos so, says YouTube, creators and fans can be together in real time.

Creators are said to be able to set up and film VR videos the way in which they would normally be able to with any other camera. It adds that soon creators will be able to edit using tools like Adobe Premiere Pro. YouTube also revealed that the Daydream team is working with several manufacturers to build cameras from the ground up for VR180. It promises that such will be as easy to use as point-and-shoot cameras, for around the same price and that videos and live streams will be easy to upload to YouTube.

YI, Lenovo, and LG have already committed to produce cameras and their products are likely to be launched by winter 2017. For other manufacturers, YouTube is opening up a VR180 certification programme and Z CAM will be one of the first partners.