Software Update: VLC Media Player 2.1.0 RC 1

The first release candidate of version 2.1.0 of VLC Media Player has appeared. This open source and cross-platform media player can play a variety of audio, video and streaming formats without the need to install the appropriate codec. There is also a version for Windows. The source code should also make the program usable for operating systems such as Linux, BSD and Solaris. A version for Android is in development.

In version 2.1.0, which with RinceWind was named after a character from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books like the previous version, work has been done to improve the sound reproduction and the playback of new and old non-standard file formats, among other things. . We also see the return of the iOS version and the program will also appear for WindowsRT. The beta is currently only available for Windows and OS X to download.

Highlights:

  • Port of the VLC engine to Mobile OS, including Android, iOS (again), WinRT. This denotes new audio and video outputs, OpenGL ES improvements, including shaders; but also work on the hardware decoding for mobile.
  • A new audio core, including rewrite of most audio output modules. This improves the stability, reactivity (no more volume change lag), volume control (logarithmic), performance, precision (up to 384kHz).
  • An important work on correct playback of new formats and old non-standard files, fixing most of the small regressions on rare formats that we’ve seen in the 2.0.x branch. New codecs have been added, including G2M4, MSS1/2, SCTE-27, Real Lossless or Ulead DV Audio
  • New protocols and input support have been added like Smooth Streaming, improved MPEG-DASH, improved Blu-Ray; but also a new VNC support and an AVCapture module for OSX.
  • Hardware decoders (Mac OS X, Android) and encoders (Intel QuickSync Video) were also added in this release, to focus on performance.
  • The OS X interface has seen a lot of polishing and fixes, which finishes the work started in 2.0.0 to renew the interface.
  • For developers, libVLC and most libVLC modules are now licensed under the LGPL, a copyleft license that should allow more flexibility for application developers.
  • For web developers, the webplugin has been partially rewritten and now support windowless, allowing CSS transform like 3D and overlaying objects above the video, like Flash does.

Version number 2.1.0 RC 1
Release status beta
Operating systems Windows 7, Windows XP, macOS, Windows Vista, Windows 8
Website VideoLAN
Download http://ftp.videolan.org/pub/videolan/testing/vlc-2.1.0-rc1/
License type Freeware
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