Earlier today electronics giant Samsung made some big announcements for its virtual reality (VR) video app, Milk VR. The company confirmed several partners that will be producing content for the platform, which is currently available as a free download for the Gear VR smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD). However it appears as if it won’t just be brands and networks that will be able to create content for the platform; standard users could well be able to upload their own video content as well.
That is according to the Milk VR Format Guide, which is currently available to download through the app’s own website. The guide notes that users can upload their own 360 degree content, although take note that the registration is a ‘closed’ process that ‘helps ensure that only high quality, registered partners can upload.’ This sounds like it could be half way between the complete freedom granted to users on a platform such as Youtube and a completely controlled service, though Samsung itself is yet to clarify how to make the cut.
Also interesting is the Required Assets listings, which shows exactly what creators will need to upload. This includes, obviously, 360 degree footage as well as the need for native resolution content. Videos need to be ‘appropriately’ named and must come in a .mp4 video container. Perhaps one of the most important aspects to note is that there is a limit of 5GB to uploading video clips. At this point in time it’s not clear just how much video that might allow for.
It’s interesting to think that this service could eventually be paired with Project Beyond, the 360 degree camera revealed at the Samsung Developer Conference last year. Release details on that kit are yet to be revealed. VRFocus will continue to follow Gear VR, Milk VR and Project Beyond, reporting back with any further updates.