VideoLAN has released a new version 3.0 technical preview build of its popular open source, cross-platform multimedia player. Teaming up with 360-degree camera maker Giroptic, the new technical preview brings 360-degree video and photos support to VLC.
Only known as VLC 360 preview build, it is available for Windows and Mac operating system while its source code can be compiled for Linux-based operating system. Users will be able to explore 360-degree videos as well as 360-degree photos and panoramas.
VLC 360 Features
- Playback of 360 Videos following the Spatial Video spec
- Playback of 360 Photos and Panoramas following the Spherical spec
- Display modes with Zoom, Little planet and Reverse little planet
- Control it with your Mouse and Keyboard
- Open Source and Cross-platform, accelerated with OpenGL and Direct3D11
VideoLAN is also planning to bring 360-degree support to its mobile apps soon while supports for Virtual Reality (VR) headsets such as Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Daydream or OSVR is expected to be released in 2017.
The mobile app is said to support head-tracking to navigate inside the videos by using the phone accelerometer sensors. It will also get 3D audio playback, including head tracking headphones.
For those who’re interested to try the technical preview, you can download it from the website. There are also two 360-degree videos sample (Eagle video and Surfers video) and one panoramic photo sample (Mountain panorama) available for download from the technical build download page.