360-Degree Video Playback Comes To VLC, VR Headset Support Coming 2017

Posted by Megalith 10:08 AM (CST)

Sunday November 27, 2016

The desktop version of VLC can now play back 360-degree videos, but that’s not all. The lead developer also hints that VLC for VR devices are in the pipeline, with the Android headsets likely to get it first.

New test versions of VLC for Windows and Macintosh computers can be downloaded from the VLC website for free. The apps can play 360 videos as well as 360 photos and panorama shots; users can pan through these videos with the help of their mouse or keyboard. Videolan, the non-profit organization that has been developing VLC as an open source project, cooperated with VR camera developer Giroptic to add 360-degree video support to VLC. "VLC is one of the video players most widely used in the world," said Richard Ollier, co-founder and CEO of Giroptic. "This will allow the millions of VLC users to take full advantage of a promising new technology and be widely involved in its democratization."