What is 360 Degree Video and YouTube's 360° Channel
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.
How to Watch a VR 360 Video in YouTube's 360° Channel
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.
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