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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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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January 26

Version 4.7 Default release

This update page is going to keep updating itself over the next day so keep an eye out for more details.

Whirligig has been updated to version 4.7. Updates since last default release.

  • Updates to Oculus, Steam, Unity3D, video plugins and other plugins.

  • Rooms updated. 18 new rooms.

  • Explorer has options to limit media type. Video/images/other.

  • Shortcut menu added to allow extra functions in playback.

  • Beta language support for Chinese and Spanish.

  • Resume from previous time, on all video option.

  • Option to hide controls during playback.

  • Optimisation on menus to decrease possibility of slow downs.

  • Bug squashing and general optimisation.

New Rooms

Rooms menu has been redesigned. Lots of new image based Rooms added. Check them out under settings/projection/rooms. Basically 15 new rooms have been added. These are based on stereo 360 degree images so aren't as dynamic as the originals but they have been lurking in Themes for too long and needed to be properly used.

Shortcut Menu

This is a new feature that allows you to bring up a shortcut menu to user defined options. This has been created to add functionality to the Oculus GO/GearVR version and improve usability overall. The shortcut menu can be mapped to the controllers like other options and the Shortcut menu buttons can be mapped in the inputs menu under settings/other/inputs. I've also updated the default options in the gamepad, keyboard and touch controllers so if you want them to be mapped to a standard key simply go in and hit default on each of the control options.

How to try the Betas

Discussion Group
A discussion about the latest update. If you have problems or suggestion let me know herre :)

And Finally

I’ve worked hard to add new features and improve Whirligig for this default release. If you discover any issues please let me know phileday@yahoo.co.uk

If you like this update please let me know and positive reviews are always welcome.

I hope you continue to enjoy using Whirligig and happy watching :)

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January 14

Version 4.671 Update

Hi everyone

As some of you are aware I've been updating and updating (not so much recently, it's amazing how Christmas and new year can slip you up). I'm now coming to the end of this update cycle.

Because I'm close to the default update I would love to hear from the people using the betas at the moment of any issues you might be having.

The latest version in beta is Version 4.671 and should fix issues from previous versions that include gamepad issues, crosshair showing issues and probably a few other things. So only minor changes from the previous upload but if you've not tried the latest betas then there are some significant changes from the previous default build include more rooms, better optimisation, a shortcut menu, bug fixes and more.

So if you haven't tried the latest beta give it a go.

I suggested a new feature and you haven't added it yet?
I very much reach out to the community to get ideas for features and improvements I can make. I've had a lot of suggestions that I want it implement but I've not had a chance to implement them as I've been working on this default update and an Oculus Go/GearVR version (if you want to try the beta email me phileday@yahoo.co.uk). As we are coming to the default release I will soon be back to adding new feature and improving the player again.

I apologise to all that hoped that their feature will be added soon. I really really hope that I will be back adding these new features once this default build is release. I want to improve Whirligig and make it the tool that you the users really want.

Keyboard shortcut keys issue
I've been working on fixing problems with the keyboard shortcut and mapping and this latest beta should be the most stable so far. However if you are going from the default then make sure you reset the keyboard controls back to default. The setup will be mapped all wrong otherwise. When I release the default build I will have this happen automatically but for now I'm leaving it manual to make things easier for people working their way through the betas.

How to try the Betas

Note on replying to this message
In discussion you get a notification if someone has replied to a post but if you post at the bottom of a news feed then you don't get that notification so it can be easily to miss a reply. I check these news post regularly (mostly). If you do post here with an issue or suggestion please check manually to see if I've replied to your comment. I don't want people to think I'm ignoring them :)

And Finally
So what do I want from you? I really really want to hear bug reports and issue feedback. It would be really good to make this update the best, most optismed, feature laden and bug free version yet. With your help in letting me know of any issues I hope I can achieve this.

If you continue liking Whirligig I'm continue to improve it :)

Hope you all had a merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year.

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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:

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.

Video Lan
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 100,110,120,130,140,150,160,170,180,190,200,210,220,230,240,250,260,270,280,290,300,310,320,330,340,350,360. Barrel also has height degrees and squash options to get the perfect projection.
  • Cinema with options to curve height and width.

    Custom Enviroments/Rooms
    • Home Cinema
    • Bedroom
    • Living Room
  • Luxury home cinema
  • Tilted planetarium
  • Level planetarium

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://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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