VCEMO is crowdfunding a site for streaming virtual reality video

Gigaom

When people finally get their hands on virtual reality headsets like Oculus Rift and Samsung’s Gear VR, the first thing they’re going to look for is something to watch that’s not a canned demo. VCEMO, which started raising funds on Kickstarter on Monday, wants to become a platform for streaming 360-degree videos that works with most virtual reality headsets.

When VCEMO launches, it will position itself to be something like a YouTube for VR headsets — simply navigate to a video page and press play. It’s possible because 360-degree video doesn’t come in an unusual file format; it usually comes in a simple flat MP4 file that’s a bit larger than most web videos. It’s already easy for interested dabblers to record 360-degree video from cameras like Giroptic or Jaunt.

“We want to be something like a Vimeo for virtual reality professionals,” co-founder Matthew Griffith said, a “private VR video network for content creators.”

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