There are these certain artists you just can’t seem to get enough of. You watch them on loop and binge-watch all day. Wouldn’t it be great if you could see your favourite artist from different perspectives? YouTube is testing a feature that will satiate all your viewing desires giving you an elevated experience of video consumption. The feature will let you watch a video from multiple angles giving users a more personalized viewing experience. Also Read - No, Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and Instagram will not stop working in India (Not right now)Also Read - YouTube down for users globally [Update: Issue fixed]
The feature has only been activated on one video so far, and can only be viewed by US citizens as of now. The video selected is the live show of Madilyn Bailey performing at YouTube music nights. The company chose her channel to test this feature, as she has around 1.9 million subscribers. The video plays just like any other video on YouTube, but has several small windows that pop on the right, allowing you to chose the angles at which you would like to watch the video. Also Read - YouTube mobile app for Android, iOS gets video resolution controls
The feature was first reported by TechCrunch, and the screenshots provided by the publication gives us a fair idea of how it works. There is the wide-angle, the side-angle, the singer’s perspective, the lower angle cam, the fly on the wall perspective and the other band member camera’s point of view from which you can view the video from.
This feature will definitely elevate the video experience, but this is going to take some effort from the company’s end to achieve commercial status. For example, many YouTubers who make home videos and covers will have to have multiple cameras, and shoot from various angles for this to work on their channel. The production cost escalates inevitably.
However, YouTube tells the publication that the new technology developed will allow creating these videos automatically, which could mean that the service will have multiple viewing angles in-built without the need for the YouTuber to set up any additional cams while shooting. All of this remains to be seen. This experiment is still at a very early beta stage, so all these hurdles are far away to cross yet.
As part of the experiment, the company is allowing only a select few to test this feature, and is inviting applications for people who would be interested. For signing up, you can go here.
YouTube has been reported to soon add a feature that will support 360-degree videos as well. It will allow users to upload videos taken with the special 360-degree cameras that are on their way into the market and will probably also make use of virtual reality headsets. Even creating GIFs out of YoutTube videos is reportedly in the works. If these features do make it to the mainstream level, the way we consume videos will change forever.