VLC Supports Chromecast, HDR and 8K

VLC, one of the world’s most popular multimedia software, has seen a major update after two years of searching. VLC 3.0 is available for distribution on all supported VLC platforms. Among the innovations in the updated software are HDR video and hardware encoding support. At the same time, Chromecast compatibility is one of the biggest innovations. You can download VLC 3.0 here.

Updates have been published for Android, Chrome OS, Android TV, Linux, MacOS, iOS, Apple TV and Windows platforms. However, there are some points to note. Chromecast support currently works only on Android and Chromebooks. It is also still in beta, so when you broadcast, the CPU and battery performance of the device may be adversely affected.

VLC 3.0 also makes some of the behind-the-scenes changes that standardize itself on all platforms. All VLC 3.0 versions share the same core code, no matter which platform they work on. This makes things easier for plug-in developers, as well as ensuring compatibility with legacy devices. VLC 3.0, Windows machines running Windows XP; It can even be installed on Android devices running Gingerbread 2.3 and iOS devices with iOS 7.

If Chromecast is supported on Android and Chromebook devices, this version is undoubtedly one of the most prominent features. At the same time, he is excited about VLC’s considerable user base. The tricky part of Chromecast support is that local media files need to be transformed into compatible with Google’s preferred format.

VLC Android developer Geoffrey Métais notes that Chromecast is not designed to play video files on the site. Watching a YouTube video, the phone only serves as a remote control, and the video of Chromecast flows through youtube.com.

Things are complicated at this point. Chromecast supports a limited number of coders, including H.264. Google offers the video on YouTube.com in H.264 format. In this way, content delivery is easy.


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VLC supports many formats. That’s why VLC needs to act like an http server like youtube.com and present the video in a Chromecast compatible format. This requires real-time conversion. Because Android phones are weaker than computers, this dialing can make the processor tired, and the pile can have a negative effect.

All the innovations of VLC 3.0 are as follows:

On all platforms, it supports hardware decoding in HD and UHD of H.264 and H.265 coders, allowing 4K and 8K decoding with small CPU consumption.

With customizable HRTF, 360-degree video and 3D audio support up to Ambisonics in turn.

Directly supports HDR (in Windows 10) and HDR tone matching (in other operating systems).

HD Audio codecs, so that external HiFi decoders can provide the best sound.

Allows users to browse SMB, FTP, SFTP, NFS and similar local network drives.

Supports Chromecast discovery and streaming (including audio only), such as DVDs, that are not supported by Chromecast.

Adds a new subtitle creation engine that supports ComplexTextLayout and font recycling for multiple languages ​​and fonts, including East Asian languages.

Update user interface to support HiDPI on Windows 10, new APIs for macOS, etc.

WebVTT, TTML, HQX, CEA-708, Cineform and many more.

AV1 provides support for both decoding and encoding.
Supports Bluray with Java menus (BD-J), although decryption must be done outside of VLC.

Prepares experiment support for Wayland on Linux and by default switches to OpenGL on Linux (currently Qt5).
Oreo supports DeX for support and play lists as well as Samsung’s Android devices and other keyboard-focused devices.

Increases performance and battery life on iOS.

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