VLC Gets Updated to 2.0

VideoLan Project’s very popular media player, VLC, just received a major release. The new version, VLC 2.0, comes with loads of new features, bug fixes and support for pretty much any OS – Windows, Mac OS X, Android & iOS. Heck, the 2.0 release even features a OS/2 video output renderer. VLC is known to play anything that you throw at it, kitchen sink included.

Codenamed “Twoflower”, some of the features of the 2.0 release include

  • Faster decoding on multi-core, GPU, and mobile hardware
  • Ability to open more formats, notably professional, HD and 10bits codecs
  • New rendering pipeline for video, with higher quality subtitles, and new video filters to enhance the videos.
  • Experimental BluRay Disc support
  • Completely reworked Mac and Web interfaces
  • Several hundreds of bug fixes spanning over 7000 commits from 160 volunteers.

The Windows version of VLC gets some subtle UI changes.

VLC Windows UI

And the Mac version has got a complete redesign¬†as well. Some of the things that I don’t like about the new version:

  • VLC still cannot remember the last playback position.
  • VLC’s got support for Lua extensions. However, there isn’t a push for these extensions. With the 2.0 even the sample extensions have been removed
Having said that, VLC’s still a great player. You can download the latest version using the below links:
For Linux users, the package managers should have the updated versions in the respective repos soon.

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Sathya Bhat

Sathyajith aka "Sathya" or "cpg" loves working on computers, and actively participates in many online communities. Sathya is a Community Moderator on Super User, a collaboratively maintained Q&A site which is part of the Stack Exchange network. Sathya also contributes to and is a Super Moderator at Chip India Forums. While not writing SQL queries or coding in PL/SQL, Sathya is also a gamer, a Linux enthusiast, and maintains a blog on Linux & OpenSource. You can reach Sathya on twitter.