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.
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