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YouTube Wants In on VR Action Site Pursues Virtual Reality with 360-degree 3-D SupportVirtual reality is a hot topic right now and it comes as no surprise to us that YouTube wants in on that action.

YouTube execs recently said the platform plans a bigger push into this market space, envisioning the addition of 3-D support for videos that play back in its 360-degree format.

“Right now, viewers using the mobile YouTube app or Google’s Chrome browser can pan around in any direction in the 360-degree videos,” explains Ryan Nakashima of the San Jose Mercury News. “They’re shot using special camera rigs that look in many directions, and software stitches together all the video.”

Support for 3-D means that wearers of headsets like Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, or Google Cardboard can expect to see images in three dimensions as they swivel around to change their view.

“YouTube also said it would provide special camera rigs that support the format at its studios around the world, including at two locations opening in the next year in Toronto and Mumbai,” notes Nakashima.

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announced the push during VidCon, an annual convention for fans and creators of online video at the Anaheim Convention Center.

“We’ve seen big name artists like Avicii and Bjork do some breakthrough things with 3-D video, but we want to empower all of you to chart this new frontier,” Wojcicki said.

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