When the world's biggest video sharing site adopts a new video tech, it's always worth taking notice. This time, YouTube made a big, early bet on 360 degree video and launched a brand new channel - YouTube's 360° Channel. It looks like the video giant plans to do more with the service. Now, let's take a closer look at YouTube's 360° Channel and how you can watch and download the 360 degree videos from it.
A 360 degree video is shot with a special camera system that records the entire panoramic view (360 degrees) of a scene from a particular fixed point in space. You can rotate a 360 video's perspective to watch it from different angles.
YouTube's 360° Channel is "your destination for the most popular and amazing virtual reality (VR) videos". It allows you to free upload and stream live 4k, 2k, HD and SD 360 VR videos for free, while 360 degree VR video download from YouTube is not officially supported.
YouTube supports playback of 360 degree videos on computers and mobile devices. That is to say, it's possible to watch a VR 360 video on YouTube's 360° Channel in different ways.
1. Watch YouTube 360 Videos on Computer
To watch 360 degree videos on computer, you need to install the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Opera browsers. When watching a 360 video on your Mac/PC, you can change the viewing angle by dragging with the mouse.
2. Watch YouTube 360 Videos on iPhone, iPad, Android (Samsung)
Watching YouTube 360 degree videos on mobile phone is more demanding. You will need:
* An iPhone 4s or newer or an iPad 2 or newer running iOS 7 or later
* An Android device running Android 4.3 or later
* The latest version of the YouTube app
After you've got prepared, the only thing you should do is to drag a finger across the screen or navigate your phone so as to change the viewing angle of the YouTube 360 video.
3. Watch YouTube 360 Videos in VR Headset
For an immersive experience, you can watch 360 videos in VR headset. Generally, you should set up your VR headset for YouTube's 360° Channel videos and need compatible mobile phones, the latest version of web browsers and supporting apps. For example, you will need Samsung Gear VR headset, Samsung Galaxy phone and Oculus Runtime app.
You may have interest in the 11 best 360 videos in YouTube's 360° Channel.
Since you may notice that a 360 video is much larger than normal video files, meaning it is strict to network connection and may take longer time to load. Besides, browsers like Safari, Netscape Navigator, Maxthon and so on don't plunk for YouTube 360 videos at all. Thus, the better way to fully enjoy a 360 degree video is to download it from YouTube's 360° Channel.
To download VR 360 degree videos from YouTube, you will need 5KPlayer, a free online video downloader which gives fully support for YouTube 360 video download, 3D VR movies download as well as ordinary 2D videos download. Meanwhile, this top 360 video downloader enables you to convert the downloaded VR 360 videos to MP4, iPhone, iPad, Android, etc. with the help of 5KPlayer best mate - HD video converter.
Now that you've had an idea about the free 360 degree video downloader 5KPlayer, we will next teach you how to use it to download a 360 VR video from YouTube's 360°Channel by step.
Step 1. Free download 5KPlayer for your Mac/PC and launch it.
Step 2. Copy the URL of the YouTube 360 video.
Step 3. Click "YouTube" button on the main interface of 5KPlayer, then hit "Paste URL & Analyze".
Step 4. Wait seconds for auto detecting, and then tap "Download" to start downloading the 360 video desired.
This robust 360 VR video downloader can also download 360 videos from Facebook and other VR sites, including Discoveryvr, VRideo, 360s TV, and Vrfavs.
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