Software Update: VLC Media Player 2.1.0

The final release of VLC Media Player version 2.1.0 has been released. 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, it is intended that the program will also appear for Windows RT and the first steps have been taken to support UHD material.

Important changes:

  • The licenses of numerous modules have changed from GPLv2+ to LGPLv2.1+
  • Discontinued support for PowerPC-based Macs; VLC now requires Mac OS X 10.6+. Moreover, the official builds will be 64bit only
  • The –with-tuning and –without-tuning options are removed; to tune compilation for a specific processor type, set CFLAGS manually

3rd party libraries (contrib):

  • /extras/contrib has been replaced by a cleaner build system in /contrib


  • Audio core rewrite, supporting higher samplerates, better volume management, better device selection, new channel layouts and new output capabilities
  • Fix support for .001, .00x split files on Windows
  • Full support for UNICODE Windows mode
  • Disable and mark obsolete –language selection
  • Port to Android
  • Port to iOS
  • Partial support for Windows Store App / WinRT
  • Add an audio fingerprinter, using AcoustID!
  • Remove SQL support


  • Support for CDXL, Ut Video, VBLE, Dxtory codecs via libavcodec
  • Numerous improvements on the OpenMAX IL codec module
  • Support for Ulead DV audio
  • Support for TechSmith Screen Codec 2, Microsoft Expression Encoder Screen, Microsoft Application Screen Decoder 1 (MSS1) and 2 (MSS2)
  • Support for Indeo Audio Coder, RealAudio Lossless
  • Add Hardware Acceleration support on OS X for H.264 based upon VDADecoder
  • Add Hardware Acceleration support on Android Jelly Bean using MediaCodec
  • Add Hardware Acceleration support on Linux using VDPAU
  • Support for SCTE-27 subtitles
  • Split G.711 decoder from Araw decoder
  • X Window system raster image dump pseudo-decoder
  • Support for Webinar GoToMeeting 4 (G2M4)


  • high10, high422 and high444 encoding support in h264
  • QuickSyncVideo Encoding (Intel Media SDK) support using Intel GPU on Windows
  • New AAC encoder using the fdk-aac library (non-free)


  • Screen: add support for OS X Lion and later, remove support for previous OS X releases
  • Major improvements in DASH support
  • Improvements in Blu-Ray module, notably for multiple video tracks support
  • Important improvements and rewrite of the v4l2 access module
  • HTTP: support for Internationalized Domain Names
  • Microsoft Smooth Streaming support (H264 and VC1) developed by
  • NTSC EIA-608 closed caption input support via V4L2 VBI devices
  • Add support for VNC/rfb in view only mode
  • Add support for Remote Desktop/RDP in view only mode
  • Timecode: generate a clock/timecode as a subtitle track vlc video.mkv –input-slave timecode:// –timecode-fps 30/1001
  • New video capture module for OS X based on AVFoundation, named AVcapture
  • New shared memory framebuffer access module, named shm


  • MP4: partial support for fragmented MP4
  • Vorbis: better support for metadata and cover art
  • AVI: better support for tags and extended metadata
  • Support for FLAC, Atrac and some ADPCM in AVI
  • Support for DV data type 1 in AVI and 12 bit DV Audio
  • Support for total number of tracks in major container
  • Support for Cook and Atrac in MKV
  • AVI: support for files produced by Nikon cameras
  • Support for more MJPEG streams
  • Add support for live leak streams
  • Add support for Wave/RF64 files
  • Prevent numerous uncaught exceptions in MKV
  • Add protection against several potential heap buffer overflow in libebml

audio output:

  • Windows Audio Session API audio output support
  • OpenBSD sndio audio output support
  • Important improvements on the Android OpenSL ES audio output
  • Android AudioTrack audio output support
  • OS X Auhal output support for 6.1, 7.1, 8.0 and 8.1 playback and layouts
  • Rewrite of OSS module to support OSSv4
  • OS X Auhal output support for multi-buffer output devices This fix was facilitated through a hardware lending by TEAC Europe GmbH distributing such devices under the brand “TASCAM” (US-122, US-144, etc.).
  • Rewrite of the AudioQueue output for iOS (and OS X)
  • New, simplified AudioUnit output for iOS

Audio Filters:

  • New remapping channel filter
  • New filter to enhance stereo effect by mono suppression and delay effect
  • New VSXu visualization plugin
  • ARM NEON acceleration or volume filter
  • Rewrite of the simple downmixer filter
  • New gain audio filter

Video Outputs:

  • New output for Decklink Blackmagic cards
  • New output using OpenMAX IL hardware acceleration API
  • OpenGL: use glsl instead of ARB to do the YUV->RGB conversions
  • OpenGLES: add support for color conversation shaders on Android and iOS
  • Fix and enable the OpenGL ES1 and ES2 outputs
  • Support for subpictures in the OpenGL ES2 output
  • Fix the power management issue on Windows for standby management
  • New output module for iOS using OpenGL ES2
  • Fix performance issue on Macs with multiple graphics cards

Video Filters:

  • New anaglyph video filter which transforms side by side 3D video streams in anaglyph glasses (aka red/blue) compatible images
  • Support in deinterlacing filter for most 4:2:0, 4:2:2, 4:4:4 YUV formats and for bits depth higher than 8bits (like 10bits)
  • Improvements on the transform filter, to support 10bits and RGB formats
  • Revival of the openCV and openCV example filters
  • ARM NEON acceleration or chroma filters


  • Extended support for recording, notably for MKV and AVI
  • Options support for AVIO output module
  • Livehttp places more accurate segments durations in playlist
  • Livehttp allows setting cachin-variable in playlist
  • Live http stream encryption support
  • Livehttp supports changing encryption key and uri on segment change with key-loadfile option
  • Added chromaprint based audio fingerprinting

Finger printers:

  • Add AcoustID/Musicbrainz based fingerprinter


  • configurable password for the HTTP server
  • .hosts removed from the HTTP server
  • fix Lua command line interface console mode under Windows
  • Better support for MCE remotes on Windows
  • Hotkey support for TS program selection
  • Rewrite or D-Bus inhibit interface
  • Improvements on motion sensing interface, fix orientation, move out rotate mode into the rotate video filter

Discovery services:

  • UPnP A/V subtitles
  • Support for multiple UPnP resources on a single item

OSX Interface:

  • Add support for multiple video outputs
  • Add accessibility support to playback windows, open panel and fullscreen controller
  • Add a GUI to manage podcasts
  • Add a new panel for media conversation and streaming
  • Add a GUI for the QTSound access input to process audio captured locally – This also allows to capture input from a webcam and a mic at the same time
  • Add a GUI to capture QTSound data along with the current screen content
  • Add an option to let the Apple Remote control the system volume instead of VLC’s internal volume level
  • Add a new Subtitles menu to change Subtitles and their properties during playback
  • Add the ability to create custom equalizer presets based upon the current selection and to manage the list of presets
  • Add custom profiles for video and audio effects, which let the user keep multiple configuration sets of all the individual filters
  • Support for pausing iTunes during media playback with VLC
  • Add support for video filters to clone the video output or split it into parts
  • Add A->B loop feature known from the Qt interface
  • Add an option to disable skipping to next/previous file with the Apple Remote
  • Add an option to show next / previous buttons
  • Add an option to hide the shuffle and repeat buttons
  • Add an option to hide the audio effects button (default enabled)
  • Add optional playlist columns for track number, genre, album, description, date and language
  • Add options to the Advanced Open File dialog for start and stop time
  • Add an option to play videos as a desktop background
  • Add support for playing video and showing audio visualizations side by side
  • improve fullscreen controller time slider with larger click target
  • rewrite of minimal macosx module for use within VLCKit
  • Add support for ‘macosx-autoplay’ to the Apple Event / Apple Script bindings when adding new inputs – this also affects network streams opened through 3rd party applications
  • Add a UI to the preferences dialog to configure the default application handler for ftp, mms, rtmp, rtp, rtsp, sftp, smb and udp streams (system-wide settings)
  • Add support for the Video Title option
  • Add support for the Boss Key
  • The Streaming/Transcoding wizard and the open dialog’s output panel are deprecated now and will be removed in a future release


  • Partial support for Qt5.0
  • Menus modifications and improvements
  • Playlist improvements and fixes, including PictureFlow view
  • Streaming output wizard rewrite
  • Add bitrate graph in information panels
  • Filters panels improvements, notably Equalizer and Compressor
  • EPG display fixes and improvements
  • Add SD pixmap sources
  • Preferences hotkeys management fixes
  • Display playlist total duration
  • Support for a Maximum volume in the UI
  • Add audio track fingerprinting from media info
  • New profiles format and dialog to handle filters and quality
  • Numerous fixes


  • Port to OS/2
  • Extend sliders, offset options
  • New bitmap caching mechanism
  • Numerous fixes and improvements
  • Skinning of the full screen controller


  • new libvlc_audio_output_device_list_get and libvlc_audio_output_device_list_release functions to replace the deprecated libvlc_audio_output_device_count, libvlc_audio_output_device_longname and libvlc_audio_output_device_id
  • libvlc_audio_output_get_device_type and libvlc_audio_output_set_device_type are now deprecated
  • new libvlc_media_tracks_get and libvlc_media_tracks_release methods to get more info about the media tracks. libvlc_media_get_tracks_info is now deprecated.
  • new fingerprinter_Create and fingerprinter_Destroy for fingerprinter support
  • new libvlc_log_set, libvlc_log_set_file, libvlc_log_unset, libvlc_log_get_context and libvlc_log_get_object for a better logger mechanism
  • new libvlc_set_app_id to complement libvlc_set_user_agent to set the icons

Removed modules:

  • portaudio audio output: use the native audio output instead
  • X11 On Screen Display notifications (xosd)
  • Linux Framebuffer On Screen Display interface (fbosd)
  • PVR: IVTV analog TV encoder – use V4L instead
  • RTMP access: use libavformat avio instead
  • RTMP access_output: use libavformat avio instead
  • Hildon GUI
  • MSN messenger “now playing” (broken and unmaintained since VLC 1.0.0)
  • Telepathy framework “now playing” (broken and unmaintained since VLC 1.0.0)
  • Nokia/Maemo MCE screen unblanking plugin
  • Broken crop video filter
  • switch module
  • OSD parser and menu
  • Xscreensaver: use xdg-screensaver
  • Removed DLL loader for non-Windows Operating Systems
  • SQL Media Library (broken and unmaintained)
  • SQL Lite (only used as SQL Media library backend)
  • htcpcp 🙂


  • Update of all translations

Version number 2.1.0
Release status Final
Operating systems Windows 7, Android, Linux, BSD, Windows XP, macOS, Windows Vista, iOS, Windows 8
Website VideoLAN
License type GPL