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360° video player: GoPro VR Player 2.3 Beta 1

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GoPro VR Player 2.3 beta 1

Today we are happy to publish the first beta version of GoPro VR Player 2.3!
This new update brings a couple new features and some bug fixes.

What’s new?

Menu Bar

A brand new menu bar with all sorts of useful options and settings has been added. The keyboard shortcuts are also visible in the menu bar.

Facebook 360 video as input

Many customers wanted the support of Facebook 360 3:2 cubemap videos in GoPro VR Player. This is now possible with this new release.

Loop toggle

We’ve added a loop toggle to change the way a playlist or a file is looped. You can loop a playlist, a single file or deactivate the loop.

Add some momentum to direction change

With this new release, pan and keypress actions add some momentum to direction change. This option can be deactivated in the General settings.

Extract a print of the viewport to best quality

A new print screen option is now available and called “Print Screen HQ”.
With Ctrl+Alt+P or Cmd+Alt+P a snapshot of the viewport is registered in the highest quality. The snapshot size is linked to current pixel density of the view.

The file browser points to the latest opened folder

In this version, we decided to use by default the latest opened folder when selecting Open Media.

OpenVR SDK version 1.0.6

OpenVR is an API and runtime that allows access to VR hardware from multiple vendors without requiring that applications have specific knowledge of the hardware they are targeting.

Adobe Premiere Plugin Update

We have continued work on the plugin and added a way to restore the player once exited.
For more detailed information, read the changelog.
We hope to get plenty of feedback on this new version. It is important for users to post reports in the right forum: GoPro VR Player – BETA – Feedback, bugs and discussion
Changelog for GoPro VR Player 2.3 beta 1

Main changes

This is the first beta release of the new GoPro VR Player 2.3. It comes with some nice improvements. The following paragraphs will detail the changes.


GoPro VR Player new features

We added some very cool new features on GoPro VR Player. Here's a detailed list of the new features.

  • Menu bar
    Brand new menu bar with all useful options and settings. The keyboard shortcuts are visible into the menu bar.
  • Facebook 360 video as input
    Many customers wanted the support of Facebook 360 3:2 cubemap videos in GoPro VR Player. This is possible with the new release.
  • Loop toggle
    GoPro VR Player new release add a loop toggle to change the way a playlist or a file is looped. You can loop a playlist, a single file or deactivate the loop.
  • Add some momentum to direction change
    With the new release, pan and keypress action add some momentum to direction change from mouse and keyboard. This option can be deactivated into the General settings.
  • Extract a print of the viewport to best quality
    A new print screen option is now available and called "Print Screen HQ".
    With Ctrl+Alt+P or Cmd+Alt+P a snapshot of the viewport is registered in the highest quality. The snapshot size is linked to current pixel density of the view.
  • The file browser points to the latest opened folder
    In this version, we decided to use by default the latest opened folder when selecting Open Media.
  • OpenVR SDK version 1.0.6
    OpenVR is an API and runtime that allows access to VR hardware from multiple vendors without requiring that applications have specific knowledge of the hardware they are targeting.

Adobe Premiere Plugin

We continued to work on GoPro VR Player, to enable an amazing 360 video edition workflow. On the plugin we added a way to restore the player once exited.


Fixes since 2.2.0:

- ALPS-91 : Debug flood trace with WMF native backend
- ALPS-94 : Ability to use a Facebook 360 video as input (3:2 cubemap)
- ALPS-164 : Extract a print of the viewport to best quality
- ALPS-169 : Use standard keyboard shorcuts
- ALPS-174 : The file browser points to the latest opened folder
- ALPS-178 : Allow to select multiple files or directories through File/Open
- ALPS-187 : Crash with the CineForm decoder on Windows
- ALPS-190 : Add loop toggle to change the way a playlist or a file is looped
- ALPS-192 : Add some momentum to direction change from mouse and keyboard
- ALPS-450 : Adobe plugin; Bad first video frame on MacOSX
- ALPS-453 : Crash when starting playback of a video without OpenGL 2 support
- ALPS-460 : Unicode character issue into report file path on Windows
- ALPS-462 : Update OpenVR SDK to 1.0.6 version
- ALPS-516 : Adobe plugin; uncheck/check the plugin box doesn't call the player
- ALPS-536 : Spinbox issue with decimal number due to locale
- ALPS-540 : Crash with large textures on low-end computers and VM
- ALPS-681 : Add a menu bar to access the player settings directly
- ALPS-758 : Crash with some ambisonics metadata injected into videos
- ALPS-775 : Stop doesn't unload the current playing media

Know issues of the 2.3.0 beta 1

- Crash with DirectShow backend when loading or seeking into a video media depending of the internal codecs.
- Crash with WMF backend when using the File > Quit menu item.
- HMD UI is dark/black (progress bar, playlist).
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