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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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

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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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October 16

Whirligig 4.64 beta release

And here comes another beta. Work on different rooms and a new shortcut menu added. Probably some other stuff as well. Details below.

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 orginals but they have been lurking in Themes for too long and needed to be properly used.

Explorer Update
'images', 'Video' and 'other' options have been added to the right so that you can limit what is displayed. Just click on each to show or remove from selection. These selections are saved and will remain the same the next time you load Whirligig.

Optimisation in all menus
Hopefully this should fix the progressive slowdown that was occurring. I'm also hoping that this will improve dropdown menu speed.

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.

Plugins and SDK's

All the plugins, SDK's and Unity3D versions have been updated to the latest release.

I’m sure there is a load of other stuff I’ve missed and if I think of it I let you know. There has been quite a few changes in this update so if you run into bugs please let me know.

Spanish and Chinese language support
Change the language under settings/interface/languages.

This is still at it's early stages so expect it not to be perfect and some translations to be missing. I've asked my brother and a friend to do the translations so far. These will be updated more on the final release. Please let me know what you think of this, is it worth it and how I can improve it. I want to support multiple languages but it's a long process to update everything so it's taken me a while to implement. Hopefully once things slow down I'll be able to properly finalise it and increase the number of translations.

How to try the Betas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0g9ICfaxbU

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 this is a continuation of the updates that I've wanted to include. Some are still work in progress but I hope each time I update I add more features and improve the overall experience of Whirligig. I'm currently working on a version for Oculus Go and GearVR which has guided a few of my updates recently. This hasn't stopped me from added features though so I will try and update them parallel. If you're interested in trying the Oculus Go beta email me phileday@yahoo.co.uk,

I hope you continue to enjoy Whirligig and happy Watching :)
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September 15

Whirligig 4.63 beta release

Hello again

I've not been releasing many updates recently as I've been working on the Oculus Go and GearVR version. This version is currently in beta and not released yet. If you want to try the beta let me know by email me phileday@yahoo.co.uk

However I've still been improving the player and trying add new features along the way and I've done quite a bit of optimization. here are some of the new features:

- Room projection changed. Hopefully this will be an improvement. I’m currently adding new room updates so this was part of that. Note living room is a bit dark at the moment but will be fixed very soon.

- New rooms added. Loft day time, Loft night time and Large cinema.







- Font update. Hopefully this should improve the look of the UI.

- Update to all the plugins and Unity3D build.

- Adding support for multi language support. Currently I have a preliminary option for Chinese (I have a Chinese friend helping me out with that) I hope to add Spanish soon as well. The option to change the language is under settings/interface/main options.

- Added an option to hide controllers when playing, under settings/other/input.

- Fixed issues with the keyboard layout being wierd or wrong. This might require resetting keyboard options.

- Code optimisation.

In truth I think I've done loads more changes but I don't really know what they are. If you see any I've forgotten to mention let me know.

How to try the Betas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0g9ICfaxbU

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 that's this times update. I've got a lot of requests for new features which I hope to work on soonish. I'm still working on the Oculus Go version and need to release that. The biggest thing that's stopping that release is network location support. If you have any ideas how to implement that in Unity3D let me know.

You can check out the list of features I'd like to add here:
http://www.whirligig.xyz/new-page/

I am still up for more suggestion though. I added new rooms in the last update because I saw a nice asset on the store and knew how to implement it so for my own sanity I added some. You might suggest something that will be easy for me to add and might get put in soon.

Anyway I hope you like this beta. If you have any problems let me know. Adding bugs can often happen especially if you're trying to improve the code.

Thanks for supporting Whirligig allow me to keep going with the project.

All the best and happy watching.

Phil

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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://steamcommunity.com/app/451650/discussions/0/154643249633675549/?tscn=1504738078


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

jpg,png,jps,pns
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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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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