VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files, DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols which means the app lets you play any video format on any platform. Now VLC is about to add support for a whole new medium.
VLC has come out with a technical preview that enables its desktop app to play 360-degree videos. The preview is available for Windows and Mac machines. This is just a preview, the full version will arrive with VLC 3.0 , by the end of the month.
VideoLan, VLC's creators has joined hands with Giroptic, the 360-degree camera maker to develop this new system, which can display photos, panoramas and videos in 360-degrees. The footage can be controlled with either the mouse or the key-board. Eventually, these features will not only be available on its mobile apps but also support VR headsets such as the Oculus Rift,Google daydream and HTC Vive in 2017. The company spokersperson said, "The app is also getting 360-degree audio support including head tracking headphones," However, when that would happen is not mentioned.