With VR headsets, you can experience videos in ways never before seen. You can watch them without having to be physically present at the location where the action takes place.
If you want to watch YouTube VR (virtual reality) content, you’ll need to set up an environment where you can view them. And if you don’t already have one, you might want to download a YouTube VR file before watching it.
Let’s learn how to upload VR videos onto YouTube.
How to Upload VR Video to YouTube?
Before VR Video Uploading to YouTube
You need to ensure that the VR videos you’re planning to post on YouTube are in a format supported by YouTube. Additionally, you must comply with certain requirements for VR 360 YouTube videos, including the following:
To upload a VR (virtual reality) movie to YouTube with spatial sound, the VR movie file must meet these three conditions:
- MPEG-4 video format (MP4) encoded in Advanced Audio Coding (AAC)
- Audio Channel Layout (ACL)
- one audio track
- To follow the YouTube 360 upload guide, you need to use the following specifications for frame rates: 24, 25, or 30 fps; 48, 50, or even 60 fps.
- Aspect Ratio & Resolution: 4K (3840 x 2160) at 16:9 aspect ratio;
- File size: under 1 GB
Prepare for YouTube 360 Video Upload
If your 360-degree videos don’t meet the required standards, we need to continue editing them. You can use a 360-degree camera app to capture 360-degree videos. However, YouTube doesn’t support 360-degree videos.
MacX Free Movie Maker, an easy-to-use free movie maker for Windows, turns out to be quite useful and is highly recommended. If your 360 videos can’t be posted to YouTube because they’re too big, have incompatible formats, or conflict settings, then the 360 editing software can fix it up as it can:
- Convert SD, HD, 4k, and 8k UHD videos in Mts, Flv, Mkv, etc. to youtube 360 video format h.264 mp4 and audio codec without losing quality in 5x faster speed
- You can compress large 360 videos for uploading to YouTube without losing image quality by using the free online tool called “YouTube Video Optimizer.”
- Offering a wide range of 360-degree VR editing options, including adjusting aspect ratio, image quality, frame rates, triming, adding subtitles, watermarking etc.
- You can download videos from YouTube, Facebook, DailyMotion, Instagram, and 1000s of other websites for uploading or further editing or playback using VR headsets, iPhones, iPads, and Samsung Android devices.
Start to Upload 360 Video to YouTube without Losing Quality
Once the 360 videos have been edited to be suitable for uploading to YouTube, follow the steps below to learn how to upload them to YouTube quickly with high quality kept from a computer/mac.
- Download the 360 Video Metadata application for Windows, and Mac, and open it. It will enable 360 video viewing.
- To share a video, first, choose which one you’d like to share, then check the box “Spherical”, and finally save it.
- Save the file and name it. A new file for uploading to YouTube will be created.
- Drag and drop the new 360 files into the main interface.
- To publish a 360° YouTube® clip, enter the description of the clip, add tags, and select the format (360). Then, click Publish to start uploading the clip. It may be several hours before the clip appears on YouTube.
Things are easier to upload video files to YouTube in HD but not in VR 360-degree.
How to Solve VR YouTube Videos Not Working/Playing Problems?
If the YouTube 360-degree VR video isn’t working/playing/loading, check out these common issues: sometimes YouTube 360-degree VR video files are too big for slow connections, so they won’t load. You can always watch them online without downloading them first.
Yes, cleaning cookies, updating Flash, and disabling plugins is also helpful. You can try to watch the video again if the problem persists. If the VR video does not work, check out your web and media players. YouTube 360-degree 3D VR videos with spatial sound will play in HTML5-compatible web and mobile devices (iOS, Android, Windows Phone).
For YouTube VR Android apps, please update your apps to the latest version before playing any YouTube VR videos.
If you previously enabled hardware acceleration for your video card, then disable it again.
You’ve just bought a 360° camera and captured some interesting video worth sharing online. Now, how do you share your 360-degree videos?
Now is the best time to start working in this industry, as VR 360º cameras are quickly becoming the most popular devices for filmmakers and content producers.
We’ll discuss today the best platforms on the web to share your virtual reality (VR) photos and video clips to the world!
VeeR VR is one of the largest virtual reality (VR) content distribution platforms worldwide, having accumulated 10 million+ unique users across 180+ countries within ten months since its initial release.
We’ve worked with brands including Warner Brothers, CNBC, World of tanks, World Bank, Associated press, Bill Gates foundation, Huffington Post, Conde Nast, and many others.
YouTube has been supporting 360 videos for several years now, but they’re not considered a new feature by most people. If you’ve ever watched a 360-degree view on YouTube, then you know how to create one yourself.
Currently, YouTube supports 360° video with 24, 25, or 30 fps (frame rate). YouTube recommends uploading your video in equirectangular (2:1) with a resolution of 7168 x 3584 or higher, and no less than 8192 x 4096 pixels.
You need to add 360-enabling metadata to your video files so they can play back properly.
Instagram – Tinyplanet
Instagram does not currently allow for immersive 360 photos or video, but you can still use a 360 camera to create them.
The best way to approach social media posts on Instagram is by converting a 360-degree photo into a flat “tiny planet” picture. Tiny planets are a special type of photo that offers a new perspective. There are dozens if not hundreds, of mobile applications that can help you create tiny planet pictures, including the previously mentioned Kuula app.
We hope this article was helpful to you and you have been successful in uploading your VR video on YouTube.
Feel free to reach out to us in the comments below.