Written by Kaylee Wood | Last updated: April 30, 2020
VLC adds 360 feature to its version 3.0 to finally make it possible for you to click and drag the mouse over the 360° spherical videos in all directions on computer and mobile. However, VLC 360 not working happens a lot because of the immature techniques, though VLC 3.0 is tested to smoothly play 360 degree videos even up to 8K. So, this guide tries to offer possible workarounds when your VLC is not playing 360 panoramic videos.
5KPlayer, the free 4K UHD video player, has become a professional 3D 360 video player to help you view 360° 180° 3D 4K 1080p 720p HD etc videos up and down, or side by side at will with your mouse on computer.
Solution 1: When the 360 video is not in the right form
By comparing the 4 Vimeo 360 videos mentioned above, the only one that VLC plays is formatted in an equirectangular projection (from the round image to a distorted landscape projection). That is to say, VLC will render the 360 effects from such videos. So, make sure that the 360 videos you downloaded from online or imported from 360-camera should be encoded in equirectangular projection. The 360 videos from some 360-camera can be exported directly to equirectangular, while there seems no good tools to turn the downloaded 360 video into the one that can render 360 effects.
Solution 2: When VLC is not that powerful
Please update your VLC media player when VLC 4.0 download is available. The VLC developer has revealed at FOSDEM 2019 that VLC media player 4.0 has improved the 360 feature a lot to allow for more fluent 360 video playback.
Alternatively, try 5KPlayer to solve VLC not playing 360 videos. 5KPlayer is a brand-new media server that is capable of playing, downloading and streaming 4K UHD 1080p 720p MP4 MKV MOV etc videos and MP3 AAC FLAC etc music. Now, 5KPlayer steps into the field of 360 world and tries to become the No.1 360° 3D video player to help amplify the unprecedented experience to the most. In 5KPlayer's plan, 5KPlayer's 360 feature will enables you to click and drag the 360 degree videos in all directions, play the 180° 3D videos from top to bottom, side by side view 180° 3D videos at will, and even force-activate 360 mode to any normal videos.
With 5KPlayer, you can enjoy multiple media files including the 360° videos that have viewpoint changes. Besides, unlike VLC media player 360, you can turn that 360 mode off anytime you want or force-enable the 360 feature to any videos. Now, free download 5KPlayer to have a try.
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