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360° video player: GoPro VR Player 3.0 beta 1 – available for macOS High Sierra

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The Kolor team is glad to announce that the new version of GoPro VR Player, our free 360 video player, is available today and is compatible with the latest macOS version: High Sierra.
Among other new features, MacOS High Sierra is now compatible with SteamVR and the HTC Vive so you can now watch all your 360 videos in your HTC Vive on your Mac computer thanks to GoPro VR Player!
You can download the beta version for GoPro VR Player and use it for free.

What’s new in GoPro VR Player 3.0?

  • Enjoy virtual reality on macOS 10.13 High Sierra through OpenVR. Simply plug in your HTC Vive, launch GoPro VR Player and get immersed in your 360 video. You can also preview your video in your headset while editing it in Autopano Video Pro 3.0 or Adobe Premiere Pro via our dedicated plugins.
  • You can now modify the playback speed of your video via the menu.
  • Quickly access your favorite videos via the “Open recents” item in the menu.It will allow you to play videos you’ve watched recently in a few clicks.
  • We added a benchmark feature so you can monitor your computer’s decoding performance while it progresses.
In addition to these new features, we have also updated the VLC library and added support for the latest Oculus and Leap Motion features. Please read the change log below for more info.
Change log for GoPro VR Player 3.0 beta 1

Main changes

This is the first beta release of the new GoPro VR Player 3.0. 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.

  • OpenVR is now available on the new macOS 10.13
    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.
    Through GoPro VR Player, OpenVR is now supported on macOS 10.13.
    Some improvements have been also added for a better support of GoPro VR Player on macOS and on MacBook with Intel Iris graphics.
  • OpenVR SDK version 1.0.7 for Windows
    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.
  • Added a "Playback Speed" item into the menu
    Now the Playback menu and the settings add a Playback speed item to specify the speed of a video file. It can be normal speed (1.0x), half speed (0.5x) and double speed (2.0x)
  • Added an "Open recents" item into the menu
    By selecting "Open recents" into the File menu you can access the five latest media files played into GoPro VR Player.
  • You can now perform a benchmark on a video file
    A benchmark mode can be activated when running the GoPro VR Player application from the command line.
    Add the --benchmark X <video> argument where X is the number of iterations of the video file.
  • Added a disable option for HMD to avoid launching VR runtimes
    With this setting checked, the HMD detection is deactivated. It's useful when a HMD is installed and configured on a Desktop computer and you want use GoPro VR Player screen mode.
  • Update of the VLC library
    The libVLC can be embedded into an application to get multimedia capabilities. Windows version now uses the 2.2.6 version and the macOS version uses the 2.2.5.1 version.
  • Leap Motion SDK version 2.3.1
    The Leap Motion SDK contains two basic libraries that define the API to the Leap Motion tracking data. The GoPro VR Player - Leap Motion documentation has also been updated.
  • Oculus SDK version 1.14
    The Oculus SDK enables you to build VR experiences for the Oculus Rift.

Features and fixes since 2.3.1:

- ALPS-170 : Ability to change the playback rate
- ALPS-177 : GoPro VR Player should have "Open Recents" menu item
- ALPS-195 : Update Leap Motion SDK
- ALPS-770 : Add OpenGL 3.2 support for macOS version
- ALPS-883 : macOS optimizations
- ALPS-884 : Add benchmarks and tests for macOS
- ALPS-885 : OpenVR macOS beta version integration
- ALPS-981 : Crash on exit when a video is set as argument in command line
- ALPS-1026 : Leap Motion can crash during application startup
- ALPS-1055 : Add prefix for statistics events when in benchmark mode
- ALPS-1144 : Update VLC library
- ALPS-1151 : Add a disable option for HMD to avoid launching VR runtimes
- ALPS-1164 : Performance issue on MacBookPro with Intel Iris graphics
- ALPS-1165 : Update Oculus SDK
- ALPS-1167 : Update OpenVR SDK on Windows
- ALPS-1168 : Support of OpenVR SDK on the new macOS 10.13
- ALPS-1170 : Benchmark mode can be accessed from command line

Known issues of the 3.0 beta version

- Application run on Windows 64-bit operating systems only
- Cineform is not supported on Windows
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