Whirligig is a VR media player for the playback and viewing of video files and images. It support a wide range of projection types, render paths and has many other features to make your experience as enjoyable as possible.
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Release Date: Apr 4, 2016

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Note: This Early Access software is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to use this software in its current state, then you should wait to see if it progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“The current position of Whirligig is that it is a fully usable product and can play media, a wide variety of projection formats and file types and have many options not available in other players. I want to keep improving on this. Feedback from Early Access gives me an opportunity to fix bugs, add features and improve Whirligig.

As Whirligig is a media player it has a lot of reliance on media outside of my control. For this reason the more I can encourage a dialogue with the users the better chance I have of making a stable and enjoyable experience.”

Approximately how long will this software be in Early Access?

“I hope to move from Early Access before Christmas.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full version of Whirligig will be a continuation of the Early Access version. However I intend to improve documentation and the general look and feel of the player.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Whirligig is currently at an advanced level in it's development and exists as a fulling functioning and usable application.”

Will this software be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“I've set the price quite low during Early Access as this is my first app to be sold on Steam and I'm currently finding my feet at the this early stage of release.

Once Whirligig leaves Early Access it will be priced based on feedback from the community and revenue that can sustain continuing development.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“The community has and is a vital part of my development. The best way that the Community can contribute to my development feedback is to inform me of issues they have with Whirligig and to let me know of feature they want to see in the future. A lot of the features that are currently in Whirligig have been suggested by users of my player.”
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March 28

Whirligig 3.98 Beta update. Big UI update with loads of other stuff

This time as you’ll of already noticed there is a big UI update. This is in addition to several other changes including plugin updates, added backgrounds and fixes.

I've been working on this update for a while and along the way I've been fixing bugs adding features here and there and generally, I hope you agree improving Whirligig. The list below are the things I can remember off the top of my head. I will be editing this news update as other stuff I've added come to me.

  • UI Overhaul, sliders for all options, easily change between modes and all other menus given the same style. This has also meant an improved mouse support and link between menus.
  • Improved Glue UI with affect moving the UI to the HMD location between play and pause.
  • Nine additional backgrounds.
  • Bug fixes including tilt up/down option fix, duplicate cursor fix and many more.
  • Improved option for very small radius and close screens.options.

Anything else?

As I mentioned before I've been working on this UI update for some time. There are several people who have made suggestions for improving Whirligig and I've been taking them down and working out what to add next. The improved UI has been a big task which has yet to finish but I've done the bulk so the next update will include more features as well as athetic improvement. Please keep suggestion stuff to me. I want to work back into adding those features that many find useful.

I have probably added bugs and will continue to work through them before the default update. Let me know what you think and if you have any issues.

I hope you like these changes and look forward to your comments.


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March 6

Whirligig 3.961 default build update with some big features added.

If you follow and use the beta build then you won't find any big changes here. However if you've just purchased Whirligig or use the default build (standard build and you've not changed anything) then this is a big update.

A couple of things have happened since the beta build. I've updated the Unity3D version and fixed an issue when the dashboard is visible.

Here's a list of some of the changes since the last default build update.

  • Added Keyboard, Vive, Touch mapping.
  • Added 6 model types for Touch controls.
  • Added new room, tilted dome and flat dome.
  • Added Switch Laser for mapping on Vive Controllers.
  • All keys disable when Vive dashboard so you can't accidentally push options.
  • Added the ability to map radius/distance to the controllers.
  • Updated UMP and AVpro plugins and also looked at changing media foundation to use Unity audio source to allow Oculus headphones to work as default.
  • Removed position menu from settings and give it it's own menu.
  • Changed the way the position and zoom system works so that it doesn't move the menus.

Full details and pictures can be found on the beta news update here:


If you are having problems with this update

If this update is causing issues there are a few things you can try. Firstly you can try resetting Whirligig back to it's factory settings. Full details of this can be found here:

If you still have problems please let me know. I do my best to fix bugs and improve the player on each update but sometimes problems do arise. If you contact me either through my website www.whirligig.xyz or through this forum I'll do my best to help and fix the issue.

If all else fails I keep previous versions live on the beta page so you can easily return to the previous default builds. To do this right click on Whirligig in Steam, go to properties, go to the beta tab and select "whirligig_early_access_v.3.92", which is the previous default build.

In Conclusion

I hope you enjoy the updates I've made to this version of Whirligig. I've added many of the features suggested by the users and I'm always happy to hear new suggestion for future versions. As I said before you you have any issues let me know and I'll do my best to fix them. If you like Whirligig positive feedback and reviews are always appreciated.

Until next time and thanks for support Whirligig.


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About This Software

Whirligig is a VR media player for the playback and viewing of video files and images. It support a wide range of projection types, render paths and has many other features to make your experience as enjoyable as possible.

Tutorials highlighting some of the features and how to use them here:
http:// http://steamcommunity.com/app/451650/discussions/0/154643249633675549/

Main Features

  • A large range of projection types to choose from all with mono, over under and side by side stereo options.
  • 3 render paths to choose from. DiretShow, Media Foundation and libVLC.
  • A selection of backgrounds to choose.
  • Give you media an outer glow.
  • Supports Vive controllers, Xbox controller, Oculus remote, keyboard and mouse.
  • Subtitle support with accompanying srt files.
  • 16 Save/Load slots to save your position in files and bookmark them for later.
  • 6 preset slots so yo can easily save and load the settings you like most for your films.

Video Format Support


Video decoder support is very important in Whirligig as I want to offer the largest amount of possibilities to playback your content. For this reason Whirligig support 3 render paths for you to try, Directshow, Media Foundation and libVLC.

DirectShow offers the best support for playback but requires addition decoders to be installed to get the best from it. Once you've installed the decoders you will have access to a very large range of video playback formats and if you have an Nvidia card you can also take advantage of GPU decoding. There is a full description of how to do this in the forum:

Media Foundation (Windows 8 and 10 only)
Media Foundation offers good suuport for most video formats. It comes as standard on both Windows 8 and 10. If you're consered about installing additional decoders on your system then this is a good option.

You can also try libVLC. This is a codec library which has a wide range of built in video decoders and streaming options. This library is used in the popular video player VLC. It offers a larger range of video playback options than Media Foundation and doesn't require decoders to be installed.

Image Support

Whirligig works with most jpg and png files but works best when the image file resolution has a factor of 2.

Supported Projection Types
  • Fisheye 100,110,120,130,140,150,160,170,180,190,200,210,220,230,240,250,260,270,280,300,310,320,330,340,350,360
  • Barrel 180,360
  • Cinema/Flat Screen
  • Cinema Curved

Custom Enviroments/Rooms
  • Home Cinema
  • Bedroom
  • Living Room

Custom Formats
  • Cube Map Horizontal Tee
  • Cube Map Horizontal
  • Cube Map Vertical Tee
  • Cube Map Vertical
  • Facebook Cube Map 3x2
  • Facebook Pyramid
  • GardenGnome Cube Map 3x2
  • Kodak PixPro SP360
  • LatLong 360x90
  • LG360
  • Octane
  • Panasonic A500
  • Ricoh Theta S
  • Samsung Gear 360
  • Vray Cubemap Invert
  • Vray Cubemap

Advice and guides can be found in the discussion forum.http:// http://steamcommunity.com/app/451650/discussions/

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1 or later, Windows 10
    • Processor: CPU: Intel i5-3340, AMD FX 8350 equivalent or better
    • Memory: 4 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660, AMD Radeon R9 290 equivalent or better
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1 or later, Windows 10
    • Processor: CPU: Intel i5-4590, AMD FX 8350 equivalent or better
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970, AMD Radeon R9 290 equivalent or better
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
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