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VLC Player 1.1.1: No GPU decoding for us [yet]

23 June 2010 3,105 views 6 Comments



Previously, I reported that VLC Player includes hardware decoding. However, whereas our Linux and Windows (nVidia only) are already enjoying this benefit, GPU-assisted playback isn’t yet available on the Mac, though as there’s now a 64-bit version (Intel Macs only) the rest of us can leverage 64-bit HandBrake.

GPU-assited decoding is the headline feature in recent VLC Player (change log) releases. Still, CrunchGear reports that “Mac users, of course, are totally left out in the cold.”

However, as pointed out by reader Jesse Patterson, VLC Player 1.2 (forum) is expected to deliver hardware decoding, which is good. The not so good is that this feature won’t arrive until August — wouldn’t now be a good time to make a donation (I just gave €5)?

Get your copy of VLC Player 1.1.1 here (Intel, 40.4MB). And, yes, universal and PPC-specific builds are also available.

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