It looks like YouTube is getting extremely interested in up-and-coming video formats, including virtual reality (VR) and high dynamic range (HDR).
During YouTube’s keynote at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week in Las Vegas, Chief Business Officer of YouTube, Robert Kyncl, announced the video platform is partnering up with GoPro to produce and share 360º interactive content, as well as include support for HDR video in the near future.
Details on the partnership and future HDR support were fairly scarce, but GoPro did say it’s working on a more ‘casual’ 360º rig that should be out soon. Translated, we should see a more consumer- and wallet-friendly version of GoPro’s $15K Odyssey rig, which you might remember was first teased under the codename JUMP at Google’s 2015 I/O event.
.@YouTube is partnering with @GoPro for their 360 degree Odyssey VR camera. #CES2016 pic.twitter.com/yNTbH40ERA
— CES (@CES) January 8, 2016
As for HDR video, it’s a format that’s still very much in its infancy as well, so it’ll be interesting to see what formats become the standard as time goes on.
With history between the two companies in the VR field, it doesn’t take much foresight to see the success this partnership could lead to. As for YouTube’s intentions of future HDR video support, only time will tell how it will play out and how significant of a factor it will play in the future of video.
[via 9to5 Google]
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