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VideoLAN’s widely-used VLC media player app is getting 360-degree video support. The company launched a new technical preview that lets users play 360-degree videos on Windows and Macs.

“With the help of Giroptic, VLC becomes the first major video player app to play 360-degree videos out-of-the-box. VLC 3.0 final release will merge those features on all platforms,” notes the company on its website. The company adds that the future releases of VLC with 360 features will be available for Android, iOS, and Xbox One users.

360 Features

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

“VLC is one of the video players most widely used in the world. We are very proud to contribute our expertise in 360 degree 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 democratisation,” said Richard Ollier, Co-Founder and CEO of Giroptic.

The update will be available in technical preview till further notice.

  • Wow, great, from the past 2-3 years I am using VLC. I am happy to see new features in VLC, thank you for your surprised news.

    • Nathy Jr. Ernest

      You’re most welcome John. This is going to be an awesome feature for VLC.
      LOVE IT!!!!

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