VLC 360: preview of VLC 3.0 with 360 support

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 25, 2016
Music and Video

VLC 360 is a preview version of VLC Media Player, a popular cross-platform media player for Windows, Linux, Mac and mobile devices.

The preview version is labeled as VLC 360 to indicate that the core feature of the preview is 360 video and photo playback.

VLC 360 is provided as a technical preview for Windows and Mac OS X only. The organization plans to release VLC with 360 functionality for all platforms including Android, iOS and Xbox One when it comes out.

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VLC 360

VLC 360 is VLC Media Player at its core plus functionality to play 360° videos and photos. You may know this functionality already from YouTube or other Internet video sites where it is provided if videos uploaded to the site support it.

You may download VLC 360 from the project website. Please note that this is a preview and not a final product. If you install it, an installed copy of VLC Media Player may be upgraded to version 3.0.

The project website lists the capabilities of the 360° component:

  1. Play 360° videos that follow the spatial video spec.
  2. Play 360 photos and panoramas that follow the spherical spec.
  3. Supports zoom, little planet and reverse little planet modes.
  4. Mouse and keyboard controls.
  5. Open Source code.
  6. Accelerated with OpenGL and Direct3D11.

The project website links to two 360° videos and one 360° photo that you can download to test the functionality.

You may load any video or photo that follows the supported specs as well.

The new controls enable you to click-drag the mouse to look around in 360° when the video or photo playback starts. You may use the mouse wheel to zoom in or out, or use keyboard shortcuts (Page up or down) for that instead if you prefer to use the keyboard.

All playback controls, pause, stop and volume are provided as well in the toolbar and as shortcuts.

You may use the preview player as a regular video player as well, as it supports all media formats that the current stable version of the player supports.

In other news, VLC will likely support VR headsets -- Vive, Daydread, Oculus or OSVR -- in 2017, and will get support for 3D audio playback including support for head tracking headphones.

You can find out more about VLC 360 on the official VideoLAN website.

Closing Words

VideoLAN preps VLC Media Player for the future. With support for 360° media content, VR headsets, 3D audio playback and more, it is well prepared for the coming year. (via Deskmodder)

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  1. chesscanoe said on November 26, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    I seem to recall VLC temporarily changed its logo to a red and white stocking cap over a past Christmas holiday timeframe. The uproar from the tropics insured the change would be temporary. I wish they would remember my audio default change; I have to change it every time I start VLC. Oh well, I suppose they have to prioritize their suggestions….

    1. Matt C. said on November 27, 2016 at 6:24 pm

      I’ve never seen an “uproar” about it (not that it would surprise me if there were, really), but the Santa hat on the logo has always been a seasonal thing, triggered by a date range around xmas.

  2. John said on November 26, 2016 at 12:15 pm



  3. Ben said on November 26, 2016 at 11:54 am

    PotPlayer >> VLC.
    You should make an article about it.

  4. Patrick said on November 25, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    I use VLC as the default media player on Windows 10. I like it. Orange cone and all.

  5. Yuliya said on November 25, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Kind of neat. I don’t think this is necessary, but I was never into this kind of stuff (except for when using street view, ofcourse). I know my Nexus 4 with Google’s camera can take “photo-spheres”, though I only took a few to test the feature, I prefer a regular photo. I wonder if they’re compatible with VLC.

    Scroll zooms in/out in VLC.

  6. Clairvaux said on November 25, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    When will VLC get rid of this ridiculous and ugly traffic cone ? It gives off a geeky, basement-made image which is rather at odds with the reference product VLC has become. Did I say it is ugly to the point of being offensive ? Ugly, and totally unrelated to the purpose of the software ? What is wrong with a modicum of good taste ?

    1. Maou said on November 25, 2016 at 7:37 pm

      And how about Ghacks logo, is that strange ball inspired on “Lemarchand’s box”? :)

      1. Chris said on November 26, 2016 at 8:13 pm

        Nah, it’s BB-8’s love child.

    2. Yuliya said on November 25, 2016 at 6:22 pm

      Also, when will Microsoft ditch those four parallelograms as for the Windows logo? I don’t like them, they’re too.. squarish. Or Linux ditch that penguin? I don’t like birds :( Good Lawd, don’t even get me started with IrfanView.. a cat squished by a car! o.O /s

      I personally like the orange cone :) People grew accustomed to it too, you don’t scrap an easily recognisable logo. I vote for No.

      1. Yuliya said on November 25, 2016 at 7:24 pm

        I find that logo quite funny, despite that I have a cat :)

      2. pHROZEN gHOST said on November 25, 2016 at 7:14 pm

        Irfanview author told me that the logo is a “rode cat” or “road cat” becasue of the tire tracks on it.
        I like cats. I also like Irfanview. I don’t like the logo.

        I tend to agree with Yuliya’s comments. Keep the cone.

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