The team behind the app reverse-engineered "most VR headsets" to natively support VR video through the main VLC app. It's available on all major platforms, including Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, and even Linux.
VLC, one of the most popular open-source video players out there, has breached the 3 billion downloads milestone at the ongoing CES 2019 trade fair, around a quarter of which have been registered from the mobile platform. [Jean-Baptiste Kempf, the president and lead developer of VLC's parent company VideoLan] then plans to update the VR app, which will enable native support for VR videos. Many new televisions from Samsung, LG, and others will now support AirPlay and some Apple services.
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Kempf also shared some of the roadmap for VLC with Variety, which includes implementing Airplay. This will allow Android users with an Apple TV to stream their videos to the Apple device in a similar fashion to Chromecast. With this, users can watch traditional 2D movies in a virtual theater using VR headsets such as the HTC Vive or the Oculus Rift. VLC 3.0.6 adds support for 12 bits AV1 decoding, adds HDR support in AV1 if the container provides the metadata, and fixes an issue for DVD subtitles. The solution VLC came up with instead added only one megabyte to the app's size. The solution demoed at CES adds just one megabyte of additional code according to Kempf.
It's part of the reason why the media player developed by VideoLAN has proved so popular, and recently passed a rather significant milestone. VideoLAN doesn't want to compete with Plex or Kodi, he said. As always, if you have anything to share, feel free to sound them off in the comments section below!