360-degree videos have been available for quite some time already. Popular services such as YouTube, Periscope and even Facebook have been supporting these content for a while now, and it looks like Vimeo is finally joining the bandwagon. The company recently announced that that it now fully supports 360-degree videos with the new Vimeo 360.
Vimeo 360 lets you upload 360-degree videos in up to 8K, discover stunning 360-degree videos, and even learn now to create quality 360 videos to share with the world. It works pretty much the same as other services. When watching a 360 video, simply tilt or drag your finger across the screen to look around. For desktop users, just click or use the arrow keys to explore. Vimeo 360 is available on the web, as well as on iOS and Android devices. It also supports selected VR headsets including Google Daydream, Samsung Gear VR, and Zeiss VR One, with more to come in the future.
If you wish to upload a 360 video to Vimeo, simply tick the “This video was recorded in 360” box at the bottom of the page when you are uploading a video; you can also select monoscopic or stereoscopic videos. Monoscopic 360 is the most common type of 360 videos that is recorded with one camera from one single point of view. Stereoscopic 360 videos are “3D” 360 videos with two videos recorded side by side. Stereoscopic videos are best viewed using a VR headset.
If you are interested in creating your own 360 videos, Vimeo also launched a 360 Video School to help you out. Video School lets you “learn how to make better videos through lessons, tutorials, and sage advice from industry insiders”, as well as their community.
Sadly, Vimeo does not support live 360-degree videos. Of course, this is only the beginning, and Vimeo could easily add more features in the future. Check out Vimeo now to get started.