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VLC Gets 360 Degree Video Playback In Preparation For Popular VR Platforms

VLC Gets 360 Degree Video Playback In Preparation For Popular VR Platforms

This feature will be included in the public release of VLC 3.0, which is expected sometime in the next month.

VLC is not the first video player to offer 360-degree playback support, but it is certainly the most popular.

What are 360-degree videos?

It incorporates technology from 360-degree camera maker Giroptic that allows the media player to achieve its newest functionalities, which include playback of 360-degree video and photos, as well as panoramic photos. This week, VLC unveiled a technical preview of the feature that allows its desktop app to play the newest format in videos.

I am sure many of you already have VLC media player installed upon your systems, and you have probably given its icon a look while reading this. As ever, VLC 3.0 is "open source and cross-platform" and "accelerated with OpenGL and Direct3D11" for 360-degree features. The apps can play 360 videos as well as 360 photos and panorama shots; users can pan through these videos with the help of their mouse or keyboard.

VideoLAN says it will make these features available on its mobile apps as well, and let users navigate the clips by moving their accelerometer-carrying devices around. Dedicated VLC versions for virtual reality (VR) headsets like Oculus Rift and Google Daydream will likely be added next year as well. Until it becomes available in the stable version, you can check out the technical preview for MacOS and Windows here. Users that have downloaded the app has complained that finding the multiple display modes like zoom and little planet is hard to find in this version of VLC. The app is also getting 360-degree audio support "including head tracking headphones".

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