VLC 3.0 ' Vetinari' arrives, bringing HDR, 8K and Chromecast support

VLC Media Player 3.0 is out with support for HDR, Chromecast playback and more

VLC Media Player 3.0 is out with support for HDR, Chromecast playback and more

VLC 3.0 includes full support for BD-j menus so that you can access the disc's features.

VLC 3.0 has officially launched and it brings with it a bunch of new major features, not the least of which is the official arrival of Chromecast support. While VLC is open source, this part of it isn't; Tom's Hardware reports that VideoLAN explained it "used Google's official closed-source SDK to build out the feature, which prevents it from releasing the source".

VideoLAN is also laying the groundwork for a forthcoming VR version with 3.0 offering support for 360-degree video and 3D audio.

To remind you, VLC is a massively popular cross-platform media player, which supports playback of pretty much all media types.

Our smartphones are quickly becoming the center of our media experience. You can turn any Android device into ... VLC for Android will now also scan for Playlist files on your device. On Windows, this means HEVC decoding using DXVA2 and D3D11, while on Android, HEVC decoding is done using OMX and MediaCodec. Direct3D 11 output also works on Windows RT, Windows Phone, and Windows 10 Mobile. The app is now better suited for modern displays and content, packing in things like High Dynamic Range (HDR) and 8K support, and more. However, VLC does not support Blu-Ray decryption. There were other challenges as well, like the above-mentioned media encoding feature. Unfortunately for some, this functionality is limited to the Android app only, but that includes support for Chromebooks and Samsung's DeX environment. This is apart from the usual bug-fixes and performance improvements.

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