Vimeo certainly isn't the first to optimize for 360 video distribution and viewing. The debut also includes a 360-degree video marketplace where viewers can browse videos published by Vimeo creators, through Vimeo On Demand, and purchase or rent the videos. Quite possibly the greatest change in the industry has been the introduction of 360-degree videos.Well, the latest major platform to adapt to the same is Vimeo, which has joined Facebook and YouTube in rolling out support for 360 degree video. Vimeo's take on 360 video is simple: "provide a home for creators to learn new techniques, upload, share, and sell 360 videos, while viewers can discover cutting-edge 360 videos from the world's best creators across multiple platforms". But their more accessible cousin 360 video could prove to have its tipping point sooner than VR. Vimeo has launched Vimeo 360, a new hub that will spotlight 360-degree filmmaking while offering numerous creative resources to its users. These settings will be available to all of Vimeo's creators, who will also gain access to a "360 Video School" to learn the ins and outs of shooting and editing on 360-degree cameras. These include support for 8K content, monoscopic and stereoscopic video, offline HD playback, and a neat UI compass that helps viewers orientate themselves when watching 360-degree clips.
YouTube, for example, added 360 video offering in 2015.
"Vimeo has always been committed to preserving and delivering the highest quality video and our move into 360 expands our premium video technology solution to 360 filmmakers".
At launch, Vimeo 360 will be available on the web, Vimeo's mobile apps, and platforms such as Samsung's Gear VR, Zeiss VR One, and Google Daydream. "Their stories now benefit from our advanced video compression and player customization tools, along with streaming and offline viewing up to 4K". Pro and Business members will also be able to sell their 360 content just like they can standard videos. Integrations with additional VR devices, such as the HTC Vive as Oculus Rift, are expected to be announced later on.