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A video.js plugin that turns a video element into a HTML5 Panoramic 360 video player. Project video onto different shapes. Optionally supports Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and the GearVR.

Lead Maintainer: Brandon Casey @brandonocasey

Maintenance Status: Stable


npm install --save videojs-vr

Browser Support

The most recent versions of:

  • Desktop
    • Chrome
    • Firefox
    • Safari
  • Mobile
    • Chrome on Andriod
    • Safari on iOS

Projection support

Currently we only support:

  • Projections
    • Spherical Videos, via the 360/equirectangular projection
    • 360 cube videos
  • Mappings
    • Monoscopic (single video pane)
    • Stereoscopic (dual video pane for both eyes) via the cardboard button


To include videojs-vr on your website or web application, use any of the following methods.

<script> Tag

This is the simplest case. Get the script in whatever way you prefer and include the plugin after you include [video.js][videojs], so that the videojs global is available.

<script src="//path/to/video.min.js"></script>
<script src="//path/to/videojs-vr.min.js"></script>
  var player = videojs('my-video');


When using with Browserify, install videojs-vr via npm and require the plugin as you would any other module.

var videojs = require('video.js');
// The actual plugin function is exported by this module, but it is also
// attached to the `Player.prototype`; so, there is no need to assign it
// to a variable.
var player = videojs('my-video');
player.vr({projection: '360'});


When using with RequireJS (or another AMD library), get the script in whatever way you prefer and require the plugin as you normally would:

require(['video.js', 'videojs-vr'], function(videojs) {
  var player = videojs('my-video');
  player.vr({projection: '360'});

Optional integration with videojs-errors

If the videojs-errors plugin is intialized before videojs-vr, then it will be used to display errors to users.

Setting a global projection

If you are only going to be playing 360 videos you can set the global plugin projection like so:

var player = videojs('my-video');
player.vr({projection: '360'});
// or change player.vr.defaultProjection
// and call player.vr.initScene again

Passing a projection on a source by source basis

Set player.mediainfo and player.mediainfo.projection to a valid projection value and pass in 'AUTO' or nothing for the projection key when initializing this plugin. EX:

var player = videojs('my-video');
if (!player.mediainfo) {
  player.mediainfo = {};
if (!player.mediainfo.projection) {
  player.mediainfo.projection = '360';
player.vr({projection: 'AUTO'});
// or player.vr(); since 'AUTO' is the default

Oculus Rift and HTC Vive Support

This project leverages the webvr-polyfill and three.js libraries to create a 'responsive VR' experience across multiple devices.

Oculus Rift and HTC Vive playback requires Firefox >= 55, experimental WebVR-enabled builds of Chromium, or via Chrome by enabling webvr in chrome://flags. Go to for more info.

GearVR playback requires the latest Samsung Internet for Gear VR with WebVR support enabled. Go here for more info.

Accessing the Camera Position

The Three.js rotation values are exposed under the property cameraVector on the vr plugin namespace.

var player = videojs('my-video');

Accessing THREE.js objects

The Three.js Scene, renderer, and perspective camera are exposed under the threeJs object as the properties scene, renderer, and camera on the vr plugin namespace.

var player = videojs('my-video');



Type: boolean, default: false

Force the cardboard button to display on all devices even if we don't think they support it.


Type: boolean, default: true on ios and andriod

Whether motion/gyro controls should be enabled.


Type string, default: 'auto' Can be any of the following:


The video is half sphere and the user should not be able to look behind themselves

'360', 'Sphere', or 'equirectangular'

The video is a sphere

'Cube' or '360_CUBE'

The video is a cube


This video is not a 360 video


Check player.mediainfo.projection to see if the current video is a 360 video.


Used for side-by-side 360 videos


Used for top-to-bottom 360 videos


Used for Equi-Angular Cubemap videos


Used for side-by-side Equi-Angular Cubemap videos


type: string

This should be set on a source-by-source basis to turn 360 videos on an off depending upon the video.

See projection above for information of values. Note that AUTO is the same as NONE for player.mediainfo.projection.


type: boolean, default: false

Enable debug logging for this plugin


type: Omnitone library object

Use this property to pass the Omnitone library object to the plugin. Please be aware of, the Omnitone library is not included in the build files.


type: object, default: {}

Default options for the Omnitone library. Please check available options on


This project is a conglomeration of a few amazing open source libraries.


This work is sponsored by Brightcove, HapYak and StreamShark



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