Vimeo arrives fashionably late to the 360 video party

Vimeo will give 360-degree-video creators options for selling or renting their experiences.                  Vimeo

Vimeo will give 360-degree-video creators options for selling or renting their experiences. Vimeo

Just don't expect to share your own 360-degree media via the app-Facebook 360 is now limited to viewing photos and videos, sharing them to your own Timeline, and "reacting" to them with one of the network's six canned responses. More content is coming your way, thanks to Facebook, which today launched a Gear VR app that lets you browse and explore 360-degree photos and videos.

But as a destination for high quality indie formats, Vimeo has always been on the side of the creators, providing the tools and the platform for them to create. With Vimeo, on the other hand, we're seeing the site-wide launch of 360 videos in general. And while there's been a lot of hype about virtual reality and 360 video over the past year, some wonder how much people actually want to watch it. For Facebook on the Gear VR, the process is pretty straightforward and includes 360 photos as well. Since adding support in 2015, more than 1 million 360 videos and 25 million 360 photos have been published on the social network, but it can be hard to find them amid all the other media.

It allows uploads up to 8K, so you should have plenty of resolution to work with, and a stereoscopic (3D) option allows for a full-fledged VR experience.

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Vimeo users can find 360 videos via the service's mobile apps as well as its website, and Vimeo is also highlighting some of the best examples with a curated 360 video channel.

Vimeo still lags behind in one respect, though: there's no support for live 360-degree broadcasts as yet. From there, you'll be presented with a grid of content to view, separated into different feeds. The upload utility will pull your video metadata to assign settings for your specific 360 video or, in the event that you don't have any metadata attached, it will assign common 360 settings on its own.

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