Insta360 One R 360 Rumors
360 Camera Software and Platforms

How to download 360 videos from YouTube in equirectangular format

Convert Youtube 360 video equiangular cubemap to standard equirectangular format
Convert Youtube 360 video equiangular cubemap to standard equirectangular format

Here’s how to download 360 videos from YouTube in equirectangular format.

If you need to download your 360 video from YouTube, you may find that the video is broken up.  That’s because YouTube is using the equiangular cubemap (EAC) format, like this:

Equiangular cubemap format
Equiangular cubemap format

Equiangular cubemap is a projection developed by Google for 360 photos and videos that is more efficient than the standard equirectangular projection, which is why it is used by YouTube and incidentally, it is also used by the GoPro MAX (reviewed here).  However, equiangular cubemap format is not yet widely supported.  (As of February 2020, it can be played in After Effects and GoPro VR Player.)

360 Tips and Tricks posted a video tutorial that shows how to download 360 videos from YouTube in standard equirectangular format, which is supported by almost all 360 video players:

standard equirectangular format for 360 videos
standard equirectangular format for 360 videos

WARNING:

Please follow copyright laws.  Do not download videos without permission.

Please note also that I have not tested the software that 360 Tips and Tricks used.  I don’t know if it has malware or any issues.  Use the software at your own risk.

About the author

Mic Ty

Add Comment

Click here to post a comment

Leave a Reply. Please allow time for the comment to appear after moderation.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.