VideoLAN, makers of VLC Player have announced 360 degree support for the media player. This means, VLC players users will now be able to play videos and view photos in 360 degree view. With the rollout of 360 degree support, VLC has become the first major video player app to play 360 degree videos out of the box.
However, this is a technical preview for desktop version and VLC v3.0, which will have full 360 degree video support will be unveiled later. Meanwhile, the technical preview can be downloaded for Windows 7 (and later) and macOS 10.10 (and later).
VLC has worked with Girptic to bring 360 degree support to its platform. “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 in announcement on the VLC website.
VLC 360 degree support will allow users to playback 360 videos, photos and Panoramas, display modes with Zoom and control it with keyboard and mouse. According to the company, the future releases of VLC 360 will be available for Android, iOS and Xbox One.
The media player might support VR headsets such as Vive, Daydream, Oculus or OSVR in 2017 as well. VLC 360 will feature 3D audio playback and head tracking headphones.