The popular media player now lets you to watch 360-degree panorama videos.
VLC Media Player has become a household name by supporting practically every video format out there, and by being available on a host of different platforms. As part of that effort, creators VideoLAN have released an updated version of their software which supports 360-degree videos. The medium is growing in popularity and can be found here and there if you know where to look. 360-degree video is akin to a panoramic photo-sphere, much like you’ll find in Google’s Street View. Unlike Street View, the panorama you’re looking at here is not a photograph, but rather, full motion video. You can pan and turn within the video to look all around you.
VideoLAN created the new feature in cooperation with 3D camera maker Giroptic, who provided “samples, cameras, code and experitse”. “VLC is one of the video players most widely used in the world. We are very proud to contribute our expertise in 360° to this open source player. This will allow the millions of VLC users to take full advantage of a promising new technology and be widely involved in its democratization.”, said Richard Ollier, co-founder and CEO of Giroptic.
The new feature is part of a technical preview which can be downloaded for Windows and Mac computers right now. 360-degree video will later be implemented in the upcoming VLC 3.0, which is expected at the end of the month. The 360-degree video feature will later find its way to mobile versions of VLC where navigation can be done via motion sensors. In 2017, it will even make its way to VR Headsets like the Oculus Rift or HTV Vive. Finally, 360-degree audio support will also be implemented, including head-tracking headphones. The company does not give details as to when this will be made ready, however.