VLC Media App is Now Capable of Playing 360-Degree Videos

November 29, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

VLC had the reputation of playing almost anything by the time it got released for PC devices. It still does it job well in that regard. Besides, the media player has also expanded to smartphone devices to fetch the same reputation in Android devices. The latest feather in its crown now comes in the form of 360-degree video playback support.

The feature is not fully functional yet however. As of now, it is available only through the technical preview version of VLC which is available for Mac and Windows devices. However, VLC assures that the feature will take its full fight in the new version of the app, v3.0, which is expected to come out for the public in a few days.

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The feature will also soon be expanded to Android devices, where VLC foresees even bigger possibility with its 360-degree endeavor. The company is currently planning to introduce support for the long-list of VR headsets that include the likes of HTC Vive, Google Daydream, and Oculus Rift, with its 360-degree support. Besides, the 360-degree audio works for the Android version of VLC is also under works. The feature will follow the video, which is expected to shape up by the start of 2017.

The current support for 360-degree videos in the technical preview version has been materialized under collaboration with Giroptic, a San-Francisco based virtual reality company that has been offering 360-degree cameras. The startup company is said to have aided VideoLAN with the cameras as well as videos and code samples for its 360-degree support development.

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