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VLC media player soon to support 360-degree videos, launches Preview version

VLC media player soon to support 360-degree videos, launches Preview version

One of the most popular video players, VLC has now got the capability to run 360-degree videos practically on any of your devices. The developers VideoLAN announced that it has launched a technical preview of the software for Windows and Mac which enables the desktops, running on these operating systems, to play 360-degree videos. The full version of the software is expected to launch by the end of this month with VLC 3.0.

For the development of the new version of VLC media player, VideoLAN joined hands with the 360-degree camera maker Giroptic. The team believes that the system will be capable of swiftly displaying photos, panorama shots and videos. To control the point of view in the footage the system takes input from mouse and keyboard.

VideoLAN also said that the features will be soon available on mobile apps as well which will let users navigate the clips by moving their accelerometer-carrying devices around. By 2017, the creators have aimed to launch the mobile app with support for the VR headsets such as the Oculus Rift, Google’s Daydream and the HTC Vive.

The app is also getting 360-degree audio support “including head tracking headphones,” says the company, although it’s not clear when that will happen.

The TeCake recommends its readers that do NOT install this preview version of VLC as a primary media player as it might be buggy. Those who are itching to try VLC 360 out should temper their expectations. However, soon VLC fans will be getting a big push from the developers enabling VR experiences around all of the available platforms.

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