VLC Media Player Announces 360 Degree Video Support; Tech Preview Now Out For Windows & MacOS

By Cris McMillen, Posted: 11/28/16 04:06AM EST

With the way technology is growing right now, changes are inevitable. What you used to love can either change for the worse or for the better. The latter seems to be the case for the widely used VLC media player as its developer announced that an upgrade is coming to the player soon. It will add another format to the many that it already supports.

As many grew to know, the VLC media player is probably one of the players that can boast supporting any format of media files. Now it is set to add one major feature that will be support for 360-degree videos. According to Android Headlines, the said functionality is still in the experimental phase of development.

Although it will be currently available only through a technical preview version of VLC on Windows and MacOS; VideoLAN confirmed already that 360-degree video support will be packed with the upcoming VLC 3.0. The upcoming upgrade is slated for an official release expected soon. The latest feature is a result of a collaboration between VideoLAN and San Francisco, California-based VR start-up Giroptic.

The system can display photos, panoramas, and videos. One can use their mouse and keyboard to control their point of view in the footage. VideoLAN says the features will also be made available to its mobile apps too and let users navigate the clips by moving their accelerometer-carrying devices around, Engadget noted.

By 2017, VideoLAN announced that the player will also support VR headsets like Oculus Rift, Google Daydream and HTC Vive. It was also announced that it will get 360-degree audio support with a head tracking headphones for the Android version of VLC. There is no exact release date when those will be coming, though.

The technical preview of VLC 360 can now be tried out however since it is still technically under development phase; chances are there will be a lot of bugs and interruptions. It will not also run as smoothly as when it officially launched with VLC 3.0.

VLC media player or VLC is a free portable cross-platform media player and streaming media server developed by VideoLAN. The player is available for both desktop and mobile platforms including Windows 10 Mobile, Windows Phone, Android, Tizen, iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. It is available from Apple's App Store Google Play Store and Microsoft Windows Store.

The player has become popular for its ability to support many audio and video compression methods and file formats from DVD-Video, video CD and various streaming protocols. The open-source video player can be installed or run directly from a USB flash drive or other external drives.

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