Beacon Transcript – The popular VLC Player will be introducing a new feature to its already strong system as the player will now have a 360 degrees view achieved with the help of Giroptic.
There is little need to present the VLC Player as the program is one of the most popular media players out there as it is able to run most audio and video.
VLC media player can play almost all available media formats straight from the program and without requiring the user to install additional codecs.
In keeping up with the latest technology, the developers of the player, VideoLAN, have announced a new feature. The list of exhaustive options will now be completed by a 360 degrees video view feature.
360 degrees videos have been springing up on a number of websites. Most such videos offer the users the ability to move throughout the space by detecting the cursor’s movement.
The full view, interactive video or photos are already available for famous locations. These incluede, amongst others, the British Museum or the Harry Potter inspired Diagon Alley and other similar locations.
On Saturday, VideoLAN went to reveal the technical specifications of the VLC Player 3.0, which will bring the system another step closer to achieving full VR capacity.
VLC 3.0 will run on the Giroptic’ 360-degrees camera technology. This will allow the program to develop new functionalities and features.
Amongst them will be the playback option of 360-degree photos and videos, and also the panoramic photos feature.
It will also feature a spherical display mode, and all the new options will be part of the open source software.
The new VLC player functionalities will be accessed through the use of the mouse and keyboard input devices.
The VLC player 3.0 is currently available for the Windows 7 or higher platform. Developers have announced that Android, Xbox One, and iOS versions will be soon to follow the release.
As the final 3.0 version release is expected to become available on November 30, interested users can access the Windows and MacOS build on the VideoLAN website.
However, the technical previews could still suffer from various buggy features. According to the released technical previews, the mobile versions of VLC 3.0 will be using the phone’s sensors.
As such, the user will be able to navigate through the 360-degrees photo or video by using the said sensors.
According to VideoLAN declarations, the new VLC player will probably be able to support new devices. Starting with 2017, the program could potentially support the Vive, Oculus, OSVR, or Daydream VR headsets.
Another new feature which may soon be added to the player may be the 3D audio playback, which will include head tracking headphones.
In the same statement that announced the new and possibly future features, the VLC developers thanked Giroptic.
VideoLAN pointed out that the new VLC player 3.0 wouldn’t have been possible without the latter company’s expertise on the features and camera and code samples.
The Giroptic CEO and Co-founder, Richard Ollier, responded by thanking the other company. According to Ollier, the collaboration has opened the way for VLC’s millions of users to a new and promising technology.
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