Multi-angled videos are the newest craze sweeping the net and YouTube is jumping on.
YouTube has become more immersive by allowing 360 degree videos to stream on its site, much like Google Earth. The videos are a bit buggy and seem like stop motion, but are still fun to watch, especially when we’re able to see the entire environment.
Seeing a 360 degree view of the video is fairly intuitive- there is a control pad in the top left corner, again, much like Google Earth, that allows you to navigate throughout the video. You can also click on the video and rotate around. This is easier to do, and provides higher quality images, when you pause the video rather than moving around while the video is moving.
How are these videos actually filmed? These 360 degree cameras can cost around $300, but costs are expected to go down if YouTube’s 1 billion users become interested in this tech.
Right now, these videos are available to be seen on Android devices and HTML5 browsers, but iOS capability is on the way.
There are six 360 degree videos on YouTube right now, including one involving a flying couch reminiscent of the movie Rubber. It can be disconcerting to move around and get a full look of a scene, especially when jump cuts happen every five to six seconds, like when you’re checking out a green field and then are suddenly staring at the roof of an amphitheater.
All in all, this is the way technology is going and it is pretty cool to boot. If you get motion sickness easily, though, then stick to single-angle videos.