Have you ever wished that you could see the reaction of the crowd, when the bass drops at the EDM concert that is being streamed live? Unfortunately, till now, you were forced to focus on the content that the cameraman was shooting and basically saw, what the cameraman wanted you to see. This trend is changing thanks to 360-degree videos. Unlike VR videos, 360-degree videos do not require any cumbersome gear or add-ons.
360-degree videos, basically allow you to zoom or pan across the scenery, where the video is being shot as per your choice. No more do you have to see the ugly guitarist if you do not want to, you can enjoy the beautiful sunset in the background instead. So, if you want to be a part of this 360-degree immersive experience, here are the five applications that allow you to do the same.
Needs no introduction, as Youtube is by far and away the biggest collection of 360-degree videos. You can open the Youtube application on your smartphone and head over to any 360-degree video to enjoy the video. One of the earliest 360-degree videos that we remember enjoying was done by iJustine, here. You can also watch the 360-degree videos on your desktop too, by going to your browser. You get a directional wheel to allow you to navigate around in the video.
Veja em 360º o vazamento de petróleo no Litoral Norte.Gire seu smartphone ou arraste o mouse na imagem para assistir ao vídeo 360º do fotógrafo de Zero Hora Jefferson Botega e do repórter Rodrigo Lopes. Eles sobrevoaram, nesta manhã, a área atingida pelo vazamento de petróleo no Litoral Norte.
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If Google is betting big on 360-degree videos, no surprise for guessing that Facebook is doing the same. You can visit their official page in order to see the choicest pick of 360-degree videos, which they regularly share. Alternatively, you will see 360-degree videos shared by your friends on your Timeline so keep an eye for the same. These videos have a clear moniker of 360 labelled on them, so that you know what you are looking at. Just like Youtube, these videos are best looked at on your smartphone.
Kolor is an Android application (iOS and desktop versions exist, but we did not like them enough to recommend them) that basically plays 360-degree of your choice. It is a video player, so if you have a 360-degree video on your device, you can simply load it up on the application and enjoy that. If you do not, nothing to worry as you have an inbuilt library that the application populates with interesting 360-degree videos right within your application. The collection is not the greatest, but you do have some interesting videos in there for sure. You can download the application right here.
If you are an iPhone user, then you must be irritated of the fact that there really is no proper browser for iPhone that plays 360-degree videos. However, im360 is an application specifically designed for iOS that allows you to enjoy 360-degree videos on your iPhone. You can download the application, which allows you to play locally svaed videos or even download them from an ever-expanding library, which is ad-free. You can also go ahead and share these videos with your friends or family, right from the application. You can go ahead and download the same here.
CNN News App on Android
Not interested in the same old bungee jumping videos and concerts? How about being a part of the news story? CNN’s Android application has added support from 360 videos and when you visit their application, you will be able to see 360-degree videos. You will therefore, be able to be a part of the news story and analyse it literally from all the angles. Obviously, not all stories are not covered in 360 videos, but the ones that are, are really beautiful to look at, perhaps the future of content consumption.
Which of the above apps is your favorite? Let us know in the section below.