The 360-degree video allows the user to customize their view from the surrounding area. There’s no doubt that 360° camera and VR is getting mainstream since 2016.
The internet company such as Youtube and Facebook has launched their support for this kind of content, but the adoption of PC’s software is far slower. But thanks to Microsoft as they’re rolling out default video player capable playing 360-degree video.
Firstly, prepare your 360-degree video. You can get it from Youtube by downloading UHD resolution to reduce the pixelated effect. Once you got the video, please follow these instructions below.
#1 How to play 360° video on PC using Movies & TV
A short guide to playing 360-degree video:
- Right-click on the video, click Open With and select Movies & TV
- Click three horizontal dots on the bottom corner and select Play as 360° Video
- Click and drag the video to choose a different view
A complete guide to playing 360-degree video:
1. Right-click on the video, select Open With and choose Movies & TV.
You can just Open the video if the Movies & TV is already the default media player.
2. On the Movies & TV window, click the three horizontal dots and select Play as 360° Video.
3. Now, drag the mouse to look around the point of view.
The 360-degree video support only available if you had upgraded the system to Windows 10 Creator Update. Moreover, for Windows 7 or older OS requires additional software.
#2 How to play 360° video on PC using VLC Media Player
The VLC Media Player surprisingly added new ability to play 360-degree video similar to Windows 10′ Movies & TV.
They already released VLC 3.0 early in early 2018 to enable major modern video features. It also free and available for Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Android, and iOS.
First, download the VLC 3.0 on your device and install the program. If the device has an older version of VLC, the program will ask you to replace with a newer version. Once the installation is done, open the 360-degree video with it and you can drag the mouse to select the preferred view.
#3 GoPro VR Player to watch 360° video & photo
The GoPro VR Player (previously Kolor Eyes) has been around supporting 360-degree video since it’s come public. The company is acquired by GoPro and change its name to GoPro VR Player. But, don’t worry, the software still available with for free, even though you are a non-GoPro user.
In order to view 360-degree photo & video, download GoPro VR Player on your Windows or Mac. Install and open that app, after that drag & drop the video to GoPro VR Player window. The app should immediately understand the media type and run in the 360-degree mode.
The app also works well with VR device, but the quality is disappointing. The color tone is less vibrant, compared to Windows 10 Movies & TV (notice at the screenshot above). Perhaps they will fix the color problem with a new update.
That’s some ways you can use to play a 360-degree video on your computer. Which one do you like the most?