VLC the world’s most popular video popular video player has launched its biggest ever release of VLC to date. Your favorite open source media player is now better than ever with its stable version of VLC 2.2.0 with another release of VLC 3.0.0 scheduled later this year.
VLC said that this massive release is a result of more than a year of volunteer work on VLC engine and libVLC library. The new VLC 2.2.0 is improved with 1,000 bug fixes, tons of new features and support for new formats.
In its biggest ever release, VLC has covered all major platforms including Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, Windows Phone, iOS, Window RT and Android RT. VideoLAN definitely hopes to continue this coordinated release across all platforms, but VideoLAN president Jean-Baptiste Kempf refuses to make any such promises for future as releasing VLC for all platforms is an enormous task.
Let’s take a quick look at the major improvements in VLC video player and download different versions from the links given in the end:
What different in new VLC and why should you download it?
In-app extensions and subtitles: VLC already provided an extension marketplace offering features like radio, YouTube playlist parser, variety of skins, lyrics fetchers etc. But earlier you had to download them from a website and save to VLC directory. Now you don’t need to do this. In VLC 2.0.0 go to Tools > Plugins and extensions and you got in-app extensions. For subtitles go to View > Download subtitles and perform the search.
Resume playback: This important feature already existed in mobile versions and now it’s available for desktop versions. When you open a previously opened file in VLC 2.2.0, you’ll be given an option to resume playback from where you left it the last time.
Material design: With the release of version 1.0.0 for Android, VLC has now grown out of its beta status. The new version is updated to match the material design of Android.
VLC for ARM processor devices: While people are ditching the support for Windows RT tablets, VLC isn’t doing the same. VideoLAN has released the beta version of the player and you can catch it in the Windows Store.
Support for Digital Cinema Packages: VLC 2.2.0 now supports Digital Cinema Packages used by the movie theatres. Also, the support for interactive Blu-ray menus is new and experimental.
Automatic rotation of vertical videos: This hardware acceleration powered feature is now available on select platforms for MP4, MOV, MKV and h.264 video files.
VLC for UltraHD- 4K: Now VLC manages 4K videos in a better way using VP9 and H265 codecs.
What’s next for VLC?
In a statement, VideoLAN president said that he’s very happy with this VLC 2.2.0 release and they are working on many new features for VLC 3.0.0. The new version is scheduled to be released later this year. It will feature ChromeCast integration, MPEG transport streams, adaptive streaming and more support for other platforms and file types.
Download VLC media players here:
VLC media player 2.2.0 for Windows:
VLC 2.4.1 for iOS:
VLC 1.1.0 for Android:
VLC 1.1.0 beta for Android TV:
VLC 1.1.0 beta for Windows Phone:
VLC 1.1.0 beta for Windows RT: Download it from the Windows Store