VideoLAN, the company behind the famous VLC media player has release an update that brings the app version of the VLC media player to 3.0 and it is now available for a list of mobile and desktop platforms including Windows (ARM, x86 and x64), macOS, Linux iOS, Android TV, Apple TV, Chrome and Android. VLC 3.0 comes with support for HDR and brings the new 360-degree video support that was previously seen on the technical preview. The VideoLAN team has improved the media watching experience by adding support for hardware decoding on all platforms for HD and UHD resolutions with H.264 and H.265 media codes and direct HDR support for Windows 10 machines. The long wait has come to an end and the company has finally introduced Chromecast option on the VLC 3.0 app.
VLC 3.0 fixes over 1500 bugs that was seen before and also has enhancements to utilise less CPU and GPU resources when decoding 4K and 8K content. The new VLC player also includes support for 3D audio that works in sync with the built-in 360-degree video player to offer a spatial video watching experience. Also included in the new update is the audio pass-through for audio HD codecs like E-AC3, TrueHD, and DTS-HD. The app now comes with support for more than eight audio channels to deliver better surround sound experience than what was seen before. For the video enthusiasts, the latest version of VLC now supports 12-bit codecs and extended colorspaces. The new version also comes with the new subtitle engine that supports ComplexTextLayout and font fall back for multiple languages and fonts.
Alongside the major features, the VLC media player also comes with NFC and SMB access and also supports decompression and extraction through libarchive such as Tar, Zip, and Rar formats. Accelerating the experience on multiple devices is now possible for the VLC player given the support for hardware decoding user DirectX3D11, DxVA2, D3D11, OMX, and MediaCode. The updated new version also comes with the accelerated decoder for macOS and iOS devices based on the Video Toolbox. There are also certain enhancements to increase the battery life while being used with the iOS devices. VLC 3.0 media player now fully supports Google’s Chromecast and can leverage the new support to stream videos in formats that were not earlier supported on Chromecast. There is also an upgraded user interface to support HiDPI on Windows 10 and the new API for the macOS machines.
You can easily download the VLC 3.0 player on your device from the official release page and the new version supports Windows XP or newer, macOS 10.7 or newer, Android gingerbread 2.3 or newer, iOS 7 or newer and all Chromebooks have Google Play access.