Media Player VLC 3.0.2 has been released, which will provide better VLC Chromecast support, with a more noticeable transition when players switch between local content and Chromecast playback and over 150 bugs are fixed, and the decoding speed on macOS is improved.
Some highlights include:
- Significant improvements in macOS hardware decoding at significantly faster speeds, supporting more samples and eliminating crashes/deadlocks
- Improve the compatibility of DxVA2 and D3D11 decoding
- Correct SSA captions forced alignment
- Repair MIDI playback on macOS
- Fix crash caused by missing/invalid MPEG SDT
- VLC 3.0 “Vetinari” is a new major update of VLC.
- VLC 3.0 activates hardware decoding by default, to get 4K and 8K playback!
- It supports 10bits and HDR
- VLC supports 360 video and 3D audio, up to Ambisoncics 3rd order
- Allows audio passthrough for HD audio codecs
- Can stream to Chromecast devices, even in formats not supported natively
- Can play Blu-Ray Java menus: BD-J
- VLC supports browsing of local network drives and NAS
- Platform support changes:
* 3.0.x will be maintained as an LTS (best-effort basis, mostly for security)
that will be the last working version for quite a few systems.Indeed the 3.0.x branch will contain the last releases running on:
– Windows XP, Vista, and the servers equivalent of those Windows versions
– macOS 10.7, 10.8 & 10.9, iOS 7 & 8
– Android 2.x, 3.x, 4.0.x & 4.1.x
– Compilers before gcc 5.0 and clang 3.4, or equivalent* For the 3.0 branch, please note:
* The Windows XP/2003/2003R2 support for VLC is now on a best-effort basis:
it should work, but not without limitations.
libVLC support for Windows XP is deprecated.
You _really_ should upgrade to a more modern Windows version!
* Windows Vista (all versions) without Platform Upgrade is not supported.
* 64bit version of VLC for Windows is recommended.
* Linux support requires now a kernel newer than 2.6.26.
* Mac OS X 10.6 support is now removed. You need OS X 10.7.