YouTube app now plays videos without black bars on the side

The search giant (goog) said this week that it created a new video file format called VR180 that it hopes makes will make watching 360 degree videos a better experience than with current technology. On its blog, the company noted that “filming 360-degree VR videos isn’t easy for most creators and some VR cameras are expensive”, hence YouTube in joint effort with Daydream team is bringing a new format, VR180, and is working to bring affordable, easy to operate VR cameras especially made to shoot in VR180 video format. Although it will not be up to the standards of a VR experience, it will open up the content to a larger viewer base. The video sharing platform also announced some changes to how they handle multiple video formats. Google says the cameras will be “around the same price” as point and shoot cameras.YouTube has supported VR and 360° video for some time, but the format is really hard to do right.Online video juggernaut YouTube continues to get bigger. But most people are accustomed to shooting footage straight ahead, and typically don’t pan more than about 180 degrees side to side when they film.After launching in the “largest U.S. markets” earlier this year, YouTube TV, the $35-a-month service that allows users to stream live TV from ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN and cable networks and record without storage limits, is expanding to ten United States markets in a few weeks. Google is also starting a “VR180 certification program” for other manufacturers and will be lending out VR180 cameras at YouTube Spaces locations.The Google team are also planning on allowing creators to use currently available editing tools such as Adobe Premiere to edit VR180 videos, so there would be no need to learn a complex now software workflow. When first announced, we did a bit of head-shaking at Google over this being yet another messaging platform, but it actually does make some sense. YouTube player will adapt itself the size.In addition to the updated YouTube Player, the company also said its new sharing feature will become available in Latin America in a couple of weeks, and then roll out throughout the U.S. The option was first introduced a year ago in beta, offering a messaging-like experience directly in the YouTube app.