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Few weeks back I posted about the Newest Version Of VLC media player coming with a Support for 360-degree videos.
The VLC 360° technical preview is now available and it lets you view both 360° videos and photos. That means from now on you will be able to play the spherical video formats in your Windows and Mac computers. Vlc states that it will soon make this feature available for other platforms like Android, iOS and Xbox One.
Meanwhile, the feature will not be available in the older version i.e. the app with the 2.x.x version numbers.
In this post I will be teaching you how to use the new VLC 360° video Media player to watch and enjoy 360- degree videos and photos.
Because 360- degree videos are still not rampant and you might be among the numerous people that still don’t have access to any of them, the VLC 360° technical preview page also contains a link to a 360-degree video you can download to check out the experience until you can get your hands on your desired 360-degree videos.
First of all, you need to download the 360-degree VLC player. You can do that by following the link
Select your platform Mac or Windows and download from There.
Ones downloaded Locate it and install the program like you would install any other app. The installer will ask you for an upgrade from your old version of VLC to this new one.
One thing you need to have in mind is that this is a technical preview version and more upgrades are soon to come. Once you upgrade your player, you will get VLC Media Player with the version number 3.0.0-git Vetinari
Simply open the video in the 360° VLC player Technical Preview and you will be able to pan around by clicking and dragging your mouse over the video. There are different display modes as well — Zoom, Little planet, and Reverse little planet.
Unlike 360-degree videos that are currently not easily available for everybody, the 360-degree photo are very much available. It takes only a reasonably good phone to capture a 360° photo. You can view the photos and videos easily on your mobile device or on YouTube but media players have not yet caught up with this new video format. VLC however is ahead of the pack.
Because VLC is the first mainstream media player to support 360-degree videos and photos out of the box that makes it simply the best media player you can ever have installed on your windows or Mac OS.
This interesting feature is to be merged with VLC 3.0 final release. But until then, this is just a technical preview version. Look forward to VLC 3.0 release.