Ask anyone what’s the best media player for Mac OS X or Windows is and you’ll most likely hear the words VLC come out their mouths. VideoLAN’s VLC media player is one of the best and must have software for anyone with a computer or desktop. It can play almost any audio or video format and make your life very easy. It’s super simple to use, but at the same time, it’s also very advanced and has tonnes of cool features that a layman wouldn’t know about. The company has just released VLC 2.0, a major update that brings a lot of new features and changes.
What’s New in VLC 2.0
VLC media player was last update months ago and only got some minor bug fixes and code. The new version, however, is a huge update and even has a new design on both the Mac and Windows platforms. The Mac OS X version has received a bigger update in terms of design changes, and the Linux and Windows versions look only a little different than the previous versions.
VLC 2.0 is called Twoflower and apart from all the UI changes, it also fixes many bugs, adds lots of new improvements for encoding and playing video and music and also supports many new professional formats.
If you ever require support for formats such as ProRes 422 and 4444, AVC/Intra, Jpeg-2000 and DNxHD/VC-3 in 10bits, EBU subtitles (stl) and EIA-608, SDI and HD-SDI cards for Linux input, as well as faster Dirac/VC-2 encoders, the new VLC 2.0 version has all of it. A lot of core files have also been rewritten to provide smoother and faster movie viewing, subtitles etc.
It also has experimental support for BluRay discs and loads of new analog/digital devices, which makes it even more better. Developers have stated that it will soon get full support for BluRay players as well.
It’s the Mac OS X version, like I’ve already told, that got the most out of this update. VLC 2.0 for Mac loses the old dual window layout and is now displayed in one single box. You can browse through all the files and instantly play the videos in the same window. There is no lag in performance when switching between videos.
You’d be surprised to know that over 160 developers worked together and provided fixes, improvements etc to make this version the best so far.
The iOS version is currently in the making, so you can expect the insanely famous VLC player to soon be available on the App Store. For now, try out VLC 2.0 on your Mac OS X, Windows or Linux machines. Read the complete list of features here.
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Linux users can use their Package manager to download the latest version of VLC. Have you tried your hands on latest version of VLC? How’s your experience so far and is it still your best multi-media player?