VLC Releases Preview Player For 360-Degree Videos And Photos

VLC Releases Preview Player For 360-Degree Videos And Photos
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It’s hard to say if 360-degree videos will ever be more than a novelty — especially with the rising popularity of VR — but the folks behind VLC are confident it’ll be around for a while, so much so the developers have pushed out a technical preview of VLC with support for 360-degree videos and photos.

At the moment, builds are only available for Windows and macOS. It’s currently separate from mainline VLC, which indicates the team is keen to simply gather feedback and bug reports for now.

That said, the eventual plan is to merge the technical preview’s functionality into VLC proper, come version 3.0. The current VLC roadmap suggests 3.0 should be ready in mere days, though it’s been pushed back several times in the past.

Anywho, here’s what the 360 tech preview comes with:

Playback of 360 Videos following the Spatial Video spec
Playback of 360 Photos and Panoramas following the Spherical spec
Display modes with Zoom, Little planet and Reverse little planet
Control it with your Mouse and Keyboard
Open Source and Cross-platform, accelerated with OpenGL and Direct3D11

Demo media (two videos and a photo) is available if you don’t have any on hand.

VLC 360° Technical Preview [VLC, via Liliputing]


  • This is welcome news. Up until now the only good player in my opinion that could do this was KolorEyes from GoPro. Unfortunately they canned Koloreyes which was a really great player and now they have GoProVR. You have to log in, sign up and be some sort of 360 elitist and move it all to the cloud, but I find their player, especially the app, lacking a lot what the original KolorEyes had.

    VLC could be the replacement I have been looking for if: They make a really awesome local video player app for your smartphone and pc or mac, after all these will be the go to devices for most of those videos wearing gear vr or that new google headset. The Little planet and inverted modes are good, but how original VLC was able to take screenshots and record new video with ffmpeg would be excellent in that mode!

    Last but not least to the guys at VLC. Please don’t go the way of users having to upload every damn video to the cloud first in order to view them, and then not having any way to store them locally. This is what most companies get wrong. Video on local device plays quicker and can handle better resolution than lets say YouTube which compresses the crap out of your 360 video.

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