Two years after YouTube introduced 360-degree video, Vimeo is ready to make the jump. The video-sharing platform is finally supporting 360° videos on web and mobile #realitymagic
Vimeo has announced its decision to support the popular video format yesterday, as well as a bunch of related features. From this day forward, you’ll be able to watch or add 8K content, as well as monoscopic and stereoscopic video. Users will be able to interact with the video using their cursor in a the typical “drag and hold motion”. There’s also a compass to guide you around, very similar to the one you’ve seen on YouTube.
Moreover, Vimeo plans to teach you how to make good quality 360° content through the new “360 Video School”. This comprises online tutorials on how to shoot and later on, edit in this format. Besides this instructive content, you can find 360-degree videos already uploaded on the platform under an easy-to-find tab. They range from Discovery-style clips set in the Gobi region to real stories shot in 360; there’s one about two 11-year-old girls from Syria and how they become friends after unexpected events.
You’ll be able to see this sort of Vimeo content on some VR headsets too, such as Google Daydream, Samsung Gear VR and Zeiss VR One. Others will have to wait; I’m referring here to Oculus Rift and HTC Vive which are set to “arrive soon”.