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VLC 360

The holidays are an expensive time, so we’re bringing you a special treat: a full, free, fun Windows program to download every day until Christmas.

Peek behind the fourth door of our downloads advent calendar and you'll find VLC 360 - the first fully-featured media player to support 360-degree photos and videos natively, with no additional plugins.

A new perspective

YouTube and Facebook both support 360-degree media, which lets you interact by looking around to see the scene from a different perspective. The mainstream media players are beginning to catch up, but until now you could only put yourself at the centre of the action if you spent time downloading and installing extensions.

Thanks to VLC 360, that hassle is a thing of the past. This edition of the market-leading free media player supports immersive photos and video from the moment you start it.

You don't need to keep two media apps installed - VLC 360 can easily replace your existing media player thanks to its excellent customization options and ability to play almost any video or audio file you can throw its way. You can even use it to stream internet radio, podcasts and TV.

If you want some 360-degree videos to try, Kolor and GoPro have some great examples.

Download here: VLC 360

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