DIGITAL: YOUTUBE & COACHELLA
YouTube has launched a feature allowing filmmakers to livestream 360-degree clips alongside 360-degree sound and has been designed to be used with virtual reality headsets. The Coachella music festival was the first major event to make use of the new feature. The event takes place over two consecutive weekends in the Californian desert and attracts around 200,000 people every year. This year, Youtube were able to livestream performances from some of the world’s biggest artists, including Calvin Harris, Guns N Roses and LCD Soundsystem, for fans who could enjoy from the comfort of their own home.
The format allows PC users to manipulate their viewpoint by moving their mouse, however, if used with a virtual reality headset, users were able to ‘look around’ the festival ground by moving their head, making it a far more immersive experience. The technology was developed in collaboration with Two Big Ears and VideoStitch.
Google have also introduced a ‘spatial audio’ feature that distinguishes between sounds coming from different directions – helping to make the festival experience seem even more real!