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360/VR/fulldome video players for Windows

360/VR/fulldome video players for Windows

An efficient way to run your 360 content and measure audience engagement

You don’t need a high-performance computer and VR headset to watch 360 videos in 8K on your desktop or website. You don’t need sophisticating tools to measures the attention of the audience when they are watching a video. BIVROST 360 video rendering engines help you enjoy your spherical content or even stream it live directly to your PC or web page.

BIVROST developed several 360 players dedicated for different platforms:

  • BIVROST 360Player for Windows
  • BIVROST 360WebPlayer + WordPress plug-in
  • BIVROST 360Heatmaps
They help you experience 360 video and panoramas in an easy way and with the highest quality of projection. Regardless of whether you are a professional video creator, a researcher or a VR developer, you can use them to amaze your audience with immersive content.

Let’s find out more about the best tools to play your spherical content!

360Player for Windows – run your videos without powerful hardware

BIVROST 360Player for Windows was designed to support computers with low hardware requirements. You can experience 360 videos and panoramas in a smooth way with or without VR headsets. BIVROST 360Player is compatible with the most popular HMDs (head-mounted displays) on the market: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift DK2, CV1, Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset, OSVR HDK 1 and HDK 2. Headsets are not required to display 360 videos. You can watch them using a PC screen and look around using your mouse or arrow keys.

MAIN FEATURES:

  • Works on computers with low hardware requirements,
  • Compatible with most popular VR headsets on the market,
  • Support of mono and stereoscopic 360° video,
  • Ability to watch videos with the resolution of up to 8K,
  • Displaying 360° videos and panoramas,
  • Support of 180o video format,
  • Collecting data on the activity and engagement of audience (possibility to display and analyze with BIVROST 360Heatmaps),
  • Navigation of the video with the use of 3DConnexion SpaceNavigator or gamepad.

One of the major drawbacks of using a common software while opening a high-quality video with high resolution and displaying it smoothly is the necessity of playing it on a PC with an expensive hardware. Because of that for a lot of people immersive content is simply out of reach. Our plan was to create a software that will allow opening high-resolution videos on a low requirements hardware - and we made it. With BIVROST 360Player for Windows, you don’t need to have an extremely powerful computer to experience videos in a smooth way and high performance.

The minimum hardware requirements:

    • Dual Core CPU (dual-core Intel Celeron N2xx or better)
    • GB or RAM
    • Intel HD 3000 graphic card or better with DX10 support
    • 1366x768 screen resolution
    • Windows 8

    BIVROST 360Player for Windows allows the user to open up to 8K 360° video content. There is a possibility to choose how to view the video:

      • Automatic projection
      • Equirectangular (with an option to view as a little planet)
      • Cubemap
      • Equirectangular 180° (Dome)

      You can set what kind of stereoscopy does the video have:

        • Mono
        • Side by side
        • Side by side reversed
        • Top and bottom
        • Top and bottom reversed

        Do not hesitate to try the BIVROST 360Player on your hardware for free! You can download it from the Microsoft Store and start enjoying the immersive content.

        Download 360Player from Microsoft Store

        Software developers can join BIVROST on GitHub and discover all the documentation and solutions we’ve prepared thinking of your needs.

        Check out BIVROST GitHub

        All the content of BIVROST GitHub is for non-commercial use only. If you are interested in the commercial use of our player you can purchase the commercial license here.

         

        BIVROST 360WebPlayer - stream and play VR content directly on your website and WP blog

        If you are looking for a 360° player for your website to stream and play videos in an up to 8K resolution BIVROST 360WebPlayer best suits your needs. Our 360WebPlayer works with the most popular web browsers, such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Internet Explorer 11, Safari and Samsung Internet. The 360WebPlayer also supports WebVR allowing you to experience 360° videos on the website with the use of your VR headsets. We have developed a special plugin, for those who built their websites on WordPress, to help them integrate the 360WebPlayer faster. Thanks to our analytic tools and animated heatmaps, you will be able to track the activity of the user in the 360° environment and see what captured their attention in a shared content.

        MAIN FEATURES:

        • Playing and streaming in up to 8K,
        • Easy integration with website code,
        • Adaptable to WordPress (WP plugin),
        • WebVR support,
        • Compatible with the most popular web browsers,
        • Displaying monoscopic and stereoscopic 360° videos and panoramas,
        • Ready to running 180° VR content,
        • Customization,
        • Collecting data on the activity and engagement of audience (possibility to display and analyze with BIVROST 360Heatmaps).

        HOW IT WORKS

        It is extremely easy to integrate BIVROST 360WebPlayer to your website.

          1. Download JS and CCS files from our repository on GitHub and put them on your server.
          2. Link those files anywhere in the HTML by using simple commands.

        WORDPRESS PLUGIN

        BIVROST 360WebPlayer can be easily integrated into WordPress. It can be opened in web browsers like: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Internet Explorer 11, Safari, Samsung Internet and more. To use our plugin:

        1. Go into plugins page in your WordPress.
        2. Select ‘Upload new’ option and choose .zip file downloaded from BIVROST repository on GitHub.
        3. Click Activate.

        Simple, like that! Now you are able to enjoy new 360° features added to your blog or site.

        STREAMING

        BIVROST 360WebPlayer supports high resolutions up to 8K UHD and HLS protocols that enable the possibility of live streaming using our software.

        1. Download JS and CCS files from our repository, later add free library HLS.js and put them on your server.
        2. Paste the source code of your video into a prepared code and set the source to stream-hls.
        3. Enjoy streaming.

        DISPLAYING 360 CONTENT ON YOUR WEBSITE

        BIVROST 360WebPlayer allows the user to open up to 8K 360° video content. Videos and panoramas can be zoomed in or out directly in the 360WebPlayer while running.

        There is a possibility to choose how to view the video:

        • Automatic projection
        • Frame
        • Equirectangular
        • Cubemap
        • Equirectangular 180° (Dome)

        You can set what kind of stereoscopy does the video have:

        • Mono
        • Side by side
        • Side by side reversed
        • Top and bottom
        • Top and bottom reversed

        If you still have questions about how the player works -  join BIVROST on GitHub, download the app and carefully read the technical documentation.

        BIVROST 360WebPlayer is free to use. You can integrate it with your personal website and make your 360 video projects more visible. If you are interested in commercial use of the player like e.g. integration to video or streaming platform, implementing on the website of your client and possibilities of customization contact us at: contact@bivrost360.com

         

        BIVROST 360Heatmaps – measure your audience attention and create heatmaps

        Have you ever tried to find out an efficient way to measure the engagement of the audience when they are watching a 360° video? It is easy when you are using BIVROST solution. 360Player for Windows and 360WebPlayer can collect data on users activity while they are watching the video. Our analytic tool supports players and enables you to gather all data from the sessions, analyze them and display in an attractive way. It allows you to create heatmaps of the whole session or even a single user, overlay it over the video and track head movements to measure physical motion.

        It is especially needed when you create 360 video adds, apply product placement into movies,  or simply doing research. You can measure how many viewers noticed the product in your add and how much time they spent on looking at it.

        See below what and how you can measure attention using BIVROST 360Heatmaps:

        FEATURES:

        • Generating heatmaps and region utilization – Shows the focus of the users, in a form of an overlay over the video, indicating where and for how long were they looking.
        • Head movement tracking – Allows gathering data on the physical activity and attention of the users making it easier to observe and analyze their activity.

        Data displaying:

        • A heatmap overlayed on a video per single user.
        • A heatmap overlayed on a video per whole session (aggregate from several users).
        • Points (dots) – tracks the head movement of all users in a session. The dot is a central point of what a certain user can see.

        You can download BIVROST 360Heatmaps for free from the Microsoft Store and start measuring audience attention.

        Download 360Heatmaps from Microsoft Store

        Software developers can join BIVROST on GitHub and discover all the documentation about the tool. If you are interested in the commercial use of our player you can purchase the commercial license here.

        If you want to use a personalised version of a heatmap contact us at: contact@bivrost360.com