One month ago, the last candidate for the Realease was announced at published, and now, after a waiting period of about 3 years, the next major version of the popular VLC player has finally been released. The VLC Player 3.0 now supports HDR, 360°-videos including 3-D audio, chromecast streaming and hardware acceleration of H. 264/H. 265-8-/10-bit videos, which enables playback of resolutions up to 8K (at 60 fps).
At the same time, versions were released for all major (Windows, MacOS, Linux, Android, iOS) and small (Chromebooks and Windows RT) operating systems. Also new is the audio pass-through of HD audio codecs (such as E-AC3, TrueHD or DTS-HD) via HDMI; support for up to 12-bit color depth, Blu-Ray Java menu and TTML subtitles; support for Ambisonic Audio with more than 8 audio channels;
New codecs such as CineForm (enabled by the open sourcing of the Cine-Form source code by GoPro in October), Canopus HQX, WebVTT, AV1, TTML, SpeedHQ, QDMC, FMVC and Pixlet are now also supported. Local network drives can be accessed from the VLC media player via SMB, FTP, SFTP and NFS and their passwords are stored securely. Other new features include an updated and tidy interface under OS X; a new subtitle rendering engine and support for HiDPI for high-resolution displays under Windows.
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