Whirligig Player (full)

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.


Main Features

  • Supports Vive, Oculus, Mixed Reality and openVR headsets.

  • Supports none VR desktop playback.

  • Supports Vive controllers, Oculus Touch, Oculus remote, Xbox controller,, keyboard and mouse.

  • A large range of projection types including fisheye, panoramic (barrel), Cinema and custom projections.

  • Support Mono, stereo over under and stereo side by side videos.

  • 3 render paths to choose from to get the widest video format support. DiretShow, Media Foundation and libVLC.

  • Choose different backgrounds for your media or add your own.

  • Subtitle support with accompanying srt files.

  • 16 Save/Load slots to save your position in files and bookmark them for later.

  • 6 preset slots so yo can easily save and load the settings you like most for your films.

  • Streaming video support and youtube playback support.

Video Container Support


Video decoder support is very important in Whirligig as I want to offer the largest amount of possibilities for playing back your content. For this reason Whirligig support 3 render paths for you to try, Directshow, Media Foundation and libVLC. full details about these are available in trouble shooting: http://www.whirligig.xyz/trouble-shooting/

for the widest video support I suggest installing the LAV Open-Source DirectShow Media Splitter and Decoders and using the Directshow option in the player.

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 to 360 degrees

  • Barrel 180,360 degrees

  • Cinema/Flat Screen

  • Cinema Curved

Custom Enviroments/Rooms

  • Home Cinema

  • Bedroom

  • Living Room

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

Where can I get Whirligig

Whirligig is available in two variations. Whirligig free, which is available from this site and Whirligig Player (full) which is purchasable from Oculus Store, Steam Store and Viveport.

Whirligig free: http://www.whirligig.xyz/new-page-3/

Steam Store: http://store.steampowered.com/app/451650/

Oculus Store: https://www.oculus.com/experiences/rift/1130182873666293/

Viveport: https://www.viveport.com/apps/4c5e1cd4-895b-4167-8581-1f7ab94a5491

I've bought Whirligig, what do I do now?

If you've just purchased Whirligig and are baffled by the interface, not sure where to start or simple want to explore more of the features then I've worked on tutorials to help you get started. You can find the tutorials here: http://www.whirligig.xyz/new-page-1/

They will be updated regularly as new features are added or the look and the feel of the player change. Hopefully they should give you some idea about how to use the player and also some insight into the more advanced feature.

I'm having problem with Whirligig what should I do?

If you are having problems with Whirligig then you can head over to the TroubleShooting page found here: http://www.whirligig.xyz/trouble-shooting/ This is where I've compiled all the information that should help you get Whirligig up and running again. If you are still having problems then you could post a question related to your issue on the Steam Discussion page http://steamcommunity.com/app/451650/discussions/ or contact me directly through this website: http://www.whirligig.xyz/contact/ 

Why is Whirligig Early Access?

Yes you will notice that Whirligig is Early Access and has been since is was released on Steam last April. This isn't to say that it isn't a fully functioning product. If you bought Whirligig when it was first released you will of bought a media player that played video files and images as stated. The difference between today's Whirligig and then is massive though. It still works as a player at the core but many of the features have changed dramatically. 

Whirligig continues to be Early Access for the same reason. I intend to continue to develop and build on the player. I want to see Whirligig continue to grow. If you've just purchased Whirligig keep an eye out for new features, new menus system and much more and if you have any suggestions let me know. I'm always interested in seeing what more things I can add.

Notes from the developer

I've working on Whirligig for a few years now, all the way back to when the DK1 was first launched to anyone who thought that it might be worth a try. I originally create the player to be a way to publish your own films and from that came Whirligig. I'm still a lone developer and continue to try and improve and make Whirligig a step beyond a media player giving support for as many devices as I can and as many inputs as I can.

I very much include the VR community in my development with new features often coming from suggestions for the people who use it. If you've posted a question in the Whirligig Steam forum you'll very much know this as I pretty much reply to everything :)

I'll continue to develop Whirligig and continue to push it beyond the boundaries of a media player. If you've purchased Whirligig you'll see new updates coming regularly and if you think it could do with some extra features contact me and let me know either through the contact page on this site or message me through the Steam forum: http://steamcommunity.com/app/451650/discussions/

I look forward to seeing where this whole VR experiment is going and I'm pleased to be a part of it.

Over and out.