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Even the people who have never had a virtual reality experience but are on YouTube regularly, have certainly come across the 360 video.

The VR180 camera is a simple point and shoot camera that will capture 3D videos in 180-degree format.

Google says users will be able to edit VR180 video with apps like Adobe Premiere, and that it is also working with Lenovo, LG, and YI to "build cameras from the ground up for VR180", with the first devices launching this winter.

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"That means if you're watching a vertical, square or horizontal video, the YouTube player will seamlessly adapt itself, filling the screen exactly the way [it] should", she added.

"The reality is, filming 360-degree VR videos isn't easy for most creators and some VR cameras are expensive", Wojcicki wrote. This doesn't seem to be just a minor improvement that is happening here, the upgrade is definitely major and we are hoping that it will be the path that YouTube will take for their future endeavors. The new format has been made with collaboration with Google's Daydream team. The service, which launched in April in select markets including NY and Los Angeles, will soon be available in 10 new cities, including Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Phoenix.

VR180 videos focus on what's in front of you, are high resolution, and look great on desktop and on mobile. The launch of the new format is also accompanied by similar efforts to launch suitable hardware to actually shoot the video. This feature will be launched in Latin America and the US in the next few weeks.

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Wojcicki previewed 12 new projects coming to YouTube Red. Paul, Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne and Charlotte will all soon get YouTube TV.

Since launching YouTube Red in October 2015, Google has screened 37 original series and movies on the platform, which has generated almost a quarter billion views. Although we are not getting any closer to full immersive experience, this step is going to tempt the YouTube creators into making VR180 videos, instead of the usual flat videos, increasing the VR content on YouTube dramatically.

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