[FFmpeg-user] Pipe 360° content to VLC player

Michael Koch astroelectronic at t-online.de
Mon May 9 10:47:22 EEST 2022

Am 30.04.2022 um 19:03 schrieb Michael Koch:
> Hello,
> I'm using this command line to capture 360° content from a Ricoh Theta 
> V camera and pipe the live video to VLC player:
> ffmpeg -f dshow -i video="RICOH THETA V/Z1 FullHD" -f mpegts - | 
> "C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe" -
> This command line works, but VLC doesn't recognize that it's 360° 
> content, which means I can't change the viewing direction in the player.
> I know that for mp4 videos the "Spatial Media Metadata Injector" must 
> be used, and then VLC recognizes the video as 360°. But this isn't 
> applicable in this case, because I'm using live input from the camera.
> Is there any solution for this problem? I could use another player, if 
> that helps.

I found a solution. Live 360° content can be streamed from FFmpeg to 
PotPlayer, which has an option to force the output to 360° mode. It's 
possible to change the viewing direction in the player with the mouse, 
zoom in with keypad + and zoom out with keypad -


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