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Feel The Reality With Live 360-degree Videos YouTube

Online Video Giant, YouTube adds another feather to its cap.After launching the technology which supports 360-degree video in March 2015. They are now adding a new feature that enables the live streaming of 360-degree videos & Spatial Audio.

Spatial Audio is playing the sound or audio as in real life. The aspects like depth, distance and intensity will also play a significant role. It is a significant advancement moving towards the reality in the field of video broadcasting.

More people are getting attracted to Virtual Reality videos due to the advancements in the technology. The live streams would be at 1440 pixels at 60 frames per second would have more pixel quality than a standard HD video of 1080pixels.

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The rolling out of the latest feature allows the user to feel at the event. It experiences all the viewers the front row experience without missing a single glance.

At the user’s perspective, nothing extra is needed to enjoy the feature, and people who would watch these live 360-degree videos on their VR headsets and mobiles (Android device or iPhone) will feel the live experience well.

These releases are welly timed to eventuate the National Association of Broadcasters conference in Las Vegas which would be a stage for the exhibition of Virtual Reality products of companies like GoPro, Adobe and Sky Italia.

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To develop this 360-degree live videos the YouTube started working with camera and software developers like Allie, Vahana VR, and Video Stitch & Orahi 4i. In addition to these features YouTube also started a Live API service. It encourages all the camera manufacturers to utilize & adopt to send the streaming videos to the service.

The launching of these features would attract some viewers irrespective of their age to YouTube. In a span of one year, the Viewership is doubled in the case of mobile users. YouTube also investing more in the developments of these features as there are many VR enthusiasts across the globe.

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The new feature will be available for all the viewers, but a high-profile example of the live video of the Coachella Valley music and arts festival at California will be telecasted

Watch Google I/O 2016 Keynote Live on YouTube in Virtual Reality

VR (Virtual Reality) is becoming big in these days. Google organises their I/O 2016 event on YouTube. For the change, they are allowing the users to stream the event in Virtual Reality. Many large companies are trying to take an advantage of the VR as much as possible.

The I/O Keynote 2016 will be live for two hours and the CEO Sundar Pichai and his team will present the details about the company. We can expect the news about the future of Android and Chrome OS as well as the Virtual Reality and second generation of the Google Glass.


Timings of the Event:

The CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai will make a 15-minute walk from Mountain View, California, headquarters of Google to Shoreline Amphitheatre by 10.00 AM.  The start time of the event across the globe are given below.

  • Honolulu: 7 a.m. HST
  • San Francisco: 10 a.m. PDT
  • Denver: 11 a.m. MDT
  • Chicago: noon CDT
  • New York 1 p.m. EDT
  • London: 6 p.m.
  • Paris: 7 p.m.
  • Amsterdam: 7 p.m.
  • Moscow: 8 p.m.
  • Mumbai: 10:30 p.m.
  • Beijing: 1 a.m. (Thursday)
  • Seoul: 2 a.m. (Thursday)
  • Sydney: 3 a.m. (Thursday)

The users who are having the VR headsets like Oculus, Gear VR or Google’s Card Board can enjoy the event in the Virtual Reality. In this event, Google might have a word regarding the future of the Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality (AR), Android N, Chrome Operating system and on other aspects. Rumours are spreading about the release of the Google’s own VR Headset in this event. From the recent details from the Android console developers, Android VR is confirmed and the details might be exposed. Take a glance at the I/O 2016 Schedule.

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You can stream the live event from the given link

iPhone Users can Now Enjoy YouTube VR Videos with Google Cardboard

YouTube app for iOS received VR update which allows iPhone users to enjoy YouTube’s VR Videos with Google Cardboard and any other Virtual reality headsets. Users can view these VR Videos by downloading the latest version of the YouTube app from the App store and they can also watch 360 degree videos with just a click on the cardboard icon in the video.

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Android users received full support for cardboard in November, 2015. And now after a long wait iOS users are finally allowed to completely make use of the Goggle cardboard.  Apple in the recent past said that it is working on its own VR technology and it has reportedly placed a team of VR and AR experts. The first Apple VR headset was the Mattel View-Master Virtual Reality Starter pack, priced at $29.95 and it was found in Apple stores back in the month of February.

Steps to activate the cardboard mode for an alluring experience of 360 degree videos:

  • Download the latest Version v11.18 YouTube app for iOS
  • Open the App and start playing a video of your choice.
  • If it’s a normal video, click on the “more” icon on the top right corner of the screen.
  • Tap on the Cardboard icon and insert the compatible device iPhone to the Google VR headset or any other VR headset.

Now, you can enjoy the videos in the cardboard mode for an immersive 360⁰ experience.

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Rumors continue on Google launching a new Android VR platform later in this week. So with this update for iOS, it is clear that the cardboard platform continues as the company’s mobile VR device.

Well, the latest YouTube app version v11.18 for iOS is version weighs 52.7 MB. The very important point over here is users should keep in mind that this update does not magically turn the regular YouTube videos into 360 degree videos in the cardboard mode. Users can experience great 360 degree videos with cardboard mode than in the “magic window” mode.

Samsung Gear 360 Sale starts on 29 April only in South Korea and Singapore

Samsung Gear 360 Camera

Samsung announces new Gear 360 camera Sale starts on 29 April only in limited countries .

The age of traditional cameras may be ending soon as most of the tech lovers are opting for Cameras, which supports 360-degree mode. The Virtual Reality is the need of the hour for everyone. Keeping in this mind tech giant Samsung had developed a 360degree camera which is released at an event called Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the starting of the year.

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The camera is aptly named as GEAR 360, is going to be shipped from 29th April 2016 limited to South Korea and Singapore. With only one day left to the shipping date, the officials had announced the price of Samsung’s 360-degree camera which is $347.When compared to other camera’s like LucidCam VR it comes with a very affordable price.

Coming to the physical structure of the camera it sizes is little bigger than a golf ball. The Samsung Gear camera is featuring with two 180 degree fisheye lenses attached back to back together making it a 360-degree video.

Gear 360 camera is capable of taking 30 Megapixel shots along with video shooting of 3840×1920 resolution which is equivalent to 4K videos.

The other specs of this masterpiece are that it comes with dust & water-resistant body along with a tripod/handgrip to hold. It is also provided with a rechargeable and removable battery. PC software is available for more in-depth editing capabilities. It can shoot videos with different modes built within the device. The Storage capacity of the Cam can be increased up to 128GB with External Memory Cards.

Videos can be viewed with a Virtual Reality device or on the screens of mobile /tablet/PC by dragging the cursor. It can be linked to Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and later models. Capturing and storage of the videos and images can be done by using the smartphone.

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It can also be turned to VR Action Camera for recording action sequences by switching into the single-lens mode. A small screen is placed for onscreen display and it also supports Bluetooth option. The length of the device is 2.6×2.2×2.4 inches and weighing only 153grams.

Briefing in a presentation at the Company’s Developer Conference in San Francisco, Mr Andrew Dickerson, director of software engineering for Samsung VR stated that “2016 is shaping up to be the year of VR”. The Firm is making people participate in making Virtual Reality content and not just consuming it.

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He also remarked that Samsung is working on the advancement of the current technology to overcome problems like poor image quality, insufficient computing power, the weight issues, restricted mobility of VR headsets, and dizziness. The shipping dates for the United States are not disclosed yet.

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