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VLC Media Player 2 ‘Twoflower’ ships

20 February 2012 1,812 views No Comment

This is a major upgrade with faster decoding on multi-core, GPU, and mobile hardware and the ability to open more formats, notably professional, HD and 10bit codecs. There’s an all-new user interface that’s beautiful and easy to use — much to like in this whole number release.

VideoLAN.org has shipped VLC Media Player 2 “Twoflower”, a total makeover of an already well-liked and widely used video playback app. Like Lemkesoft’s GraphicConverter, which can open almost any image format, VLC likewise can open and play dozens of codecs and their variants.

Check out VideoLAN’s extensive and well written feature list:

• Video
— Rewritten video output core and modules, allowing subpicture blending in GPU
— Shader support in the OpenGL output, for colorspace conversion, including 10bits
— New video outputs for Windows 7, Android, iOS and OS/2
— New debanding, grain, denoising and anti-flickering filters
— New deinterlacing filter, including an Inverse Telecine algorithm

• Audio
— New resamplers for higher quality audio
— New dynamic range compressor and karaoke filters
— Simplification of the audio core for faster processing
— New audio outputs for iOS, Android and OS/2

• Formats
— Multi-threaded decoding for H.264, MPEG-4/Xvid and WebM
— Support for 10bits codecs, WMV image and some other codecs
— Rewritten support for images, including jpeg, png, xcf, bmp, etc
— Important changes in RealVideo and Real Format support
— CrystalHD cards and Android OpenMAX support for hardware decoding

• Input and devices
— Experimental support for BluRay discs: Menus are deactivated in this release (will come soon)
— AACS and BD+ DRM libraries and keys are not shipped, for legal reasons
— Support for SDI capture cards and QTKit devices
— Support for new adaptive streaming protocols, like HLS and DASH

• Mac specific features
— Completely new, single window interface: Available in Lion grey or QTX black
— Extensions support and better Lion integration
— Support for all QTKit devices through qtcapture and qtsound modules
— Continued support for X 10.5 and PPC users (1080p and ProRes on Dual-G5!)

• Features for anime fans
— Vastly improved MKV demuxer
— Rewritten linked segments and ordered chapter files support
— Correct support for FLAC, RV and Hi10p in MKV
— Rewritten seeking support in cue files
— Various ASS subtitles improvements

• Features for pro users
— Support for ProRes 422 and 4444, AVC/Intra
— Support for Jpeg-2000 and DNxHD/VC-3 in 10bits
— Support for EBU subtitles (stl) and EIA-608
— SDI and HD-SDI card support for input on Linux
— New Dirac/VC-2 encoder, faster than the previous one

• Features for devs
— libVLC, libVLCcore and libcompat have switched from GPL to LGPLv2.1+
— New libVLC examples are available: media player, photobooth and mediainfo clones
— New JSON requests on the web interface to control running VLC instances
— Implementation of the MPRIS2 interface to control media players
— VLC’s web plugins have been rewritten for better integration and stability in all browsers

Get your very own copy of VLC Media Player 2.0 here — there are versions available for Mac OS X 10.6 and up, Mac OS X 10.5 (PPC, Intel), Windows and various flavors of Linux, as well as legacy builds for older operating systems.

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