Google Jump and GoPro are bringing virtual reality to YouTube
Google has announced a dedicated virtual reality ecosystem that will mean you’ll soon be able to play virtual reality content on YouTube.
The company revealed the ‘Jump’ platform at its annual Google I/O developer conference, marking further commitment to the VR space.
So what is Jump? It’s basically an end-to-end system for producing virtual reality content, and comes in three core parts.
The first part is the camera rig; Google has designed a 360-degree rig that supports 16 cameras, to film completely 360-degree footage.
“Just like we did with cardboard,
He added: “Anyone who’s motivated will be able to build a jump-ready camera.
Bavor also revealed that GoPro will be building and selling a Jump-ready 360-camera array; this system will be available in July to select creators.
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The second part of Jump is the assembler, which is software that will stitch all your 360-degree content together.
Google claims its assembler is much more complex and proficient than more basic rivals, and will even understand depth, allowing for different user viewpoints on a video.
“This summer, we’ll begin making the jump assembler to select creators worldwide,” said Bavor.
What’s more, Google hopes to eventually shift all of this hi-res VR content on to YouTube.
Bavor said that all you’ll need to view content on the platform is a smartphone with the YouTube app installed, and Google’s Cardboard VR headset.