Software Update: VLC Media Player 0.8.4 Test 2

VLC Media Player is an open source, cross-platform media player that supports various formats of audio, video and streaming protocols. In addition, the software can be used to stream media in unicast or multicast on a local network. The developers have released version 0.8.4 test 2. Several users are already reporting that this version has problems playing mkv files properly. The included announcement looks like this:

The VideoLAN team is happy to announce the second beta version of VLC 0.8.4 (Note: 0.8.3 was skipped because its technical improvements were too little)

Highlights from improvements include:

  • Mac OSX Interface:
    • new dialogs (wizard, extended controls, bookmarks)
    • drag and drop into playlist
  • wxWidgets interface (default Windows / Linux interface):
    • renamed from wxWindows
    • VLC update checker (?)
  • Skin interface:
    • Partial support for tree playlist
  • HTTP interface:
    • CGI handling, you can now use external programs from VLC’s web server (like PHP for instance)
    • Much richer controls
  • Linux binary codec loader. Now able to read WMV3 under Linux.
  • UPnP service discovery
  • Bonjour (Apple zeroconf protocol) service discovery
  • Shoutcast output module to forward streams to icecast servers
  • Internal string handling is now UTF-8 based
  • ActiveX plugin should now work outside IE as well
  • New script to delete the preferences on OSX automatically
  • RTP packet reordering
  • enhanced H.264 support
  • New languages: Korean, Romanian and Simplified Chinese
  • Loads of bug fixes

This new test version fixes various bugs reported over the last few weeks. most importantly:

  • correct saving of certain preferences
  • various ffmpeg related fixes (encoding, playback)
  • x264 encoding on Win32
  • ignored width and height settings of the video-output-windows
  • DVD menus work again on Win32
  • deinterlacing crashes
  • various other stuff

Remember that this is a beta version. Please test it heavily and report bugs.[break]The following downloads are ready:
Max OS X

Version number 0.8.4 test 2
Operating systems Windows 9x, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Linux, BSD, Windows XP, macOS, Solaris, BeOS / ZetaOS
Website The VideoLAN Forums
License type GPL