Popular jack-of-all-codecs app VLC Media Player has received a big update to version 3.0 and it packs lots of new features.
We're looking at HDR10 support, and hardware-accelerated 4K/8K video on everything from smartphones, to PCs. Now available in the Play Store, VLC 3.0 for Android brings a number of improvements as well as a couple of new features. The Android Auto interface is simplified, and you can ask it to "play Daft Punk (with VLC)" and Assistant will load it up. There's also support for up to 8K video and HDR 10. Another major addition is hardware acceleration support on all platforms. Having said that, the developers had to work rigorously to add this new feature and VLC Android developer Geoffrey Métais has further explained that the hard part about Chromecast support was converting local media files to play nice with Google's preferred format. On Windows, this means HEVC decoding using DXVA2 and D3D11, while on Android, HEVC decoding is done using OMX and MediaCodec. This also brings HDR10 support, deinterlacing, and chroma upscaling using Direct3D 11 in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.
Folks with a Chromecast streaming stick will be pleased as well, as this update adds support for native Chromecast playback, which is flawless because Chromecast doesn't support a lot of video files itself. Further Chromecast support will only work on Android and Chromebooks for now. Media files can be dropped on to the VLC icon from other applications and right-clicking the program will open the context menu.More news: Lindsey Vonn confirms Pyeongchang will be final Olympics, will enter three races
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VideoLAN has launched VLC 3.0 across Windows, Mac, Linux, ChromeOS, iOS and Android, as well as Android TV and Apple TV.
Allows passthrough for HD Audio codecs so external HiFi decoders can provide the best sound. Its not just bug fixes in this release, there's actually some performance optimisation on offer here, so if you're on an older machine, then playback may be smoother now with this update.