7 June 2019
19 July 2018
VLC 3.1.0 release
This release brings ChromeCast integration to iOS and UWP, like it was present on desktop and Android versions.
ChromeCast and hardware encoding
However, it supports ChromeCast in a more performant way, because we added hardware encoders to those 2 platforms.
Indeed, here, for local streaming, we care more about speed and battery saving than we care about bandwidth efficiency, si hardware encoding is a good fit.
In fact, VLC has a QSV encoder since 2013, but it's very rarely used, because people usually prefer software encode (x264). Here, we fixed it and modified it to work inside the UWP sandbox.
You should really read Caro's blogpost here!
But in that version you have:
- 360 video support, with sensors,
- Numerous bugfixes on the playback core (inherited mostly from VLC 3.0.1-3.0.3)
- Some decoding speed improvements,
- Quite a few interface bugs (see 3.1.0 milestone)
The version is similar to the iOS version, in the fact that it has hardware encoding and ChromeCast integration.
As explained, the hardware encoding is done using QSV.
But it features also a large rework of the codebase and fixes a very large number of crashes.
Also, funnily enough, we've worked on the 8.1 version too, and we will push that one soon on the store. This includes SurfaceRT devices, even if Microsoft has forgotten them!
- Windows 10 Desktop (x86)
- XBox One
- Windows 10 Mobile (ARM)
- Windows 8.1 Desktop (x86)
- Windows 8.1 RT (ARM)
Once we fixed an issue, we might even do Windows Phone 8.1.
The Windows 10 versions are on the store today, and we're waiting for a deployment issue to be fixed to push the 8.1 versions!
(Note: if you are from Windows Central, you can contact me for more details)
3 October 2014
A new release
This is the second major release of this application. While still beta, it should be way more stable than the previous one.
The major changes are:
- using libVLC 2.2.0 core,
- redesign of the interface,
- huge performance improvements,
- use of Winsock for networking instead of WinRTsock,
- use of Windows 8.1 widgets,
- move the interface code to Universal to prepare Windows Phone 8.1 port.
To get more stability, the performance improvements and the preparation to port for WP8.1, we had to move the application to Windows 8.1-only.
Be careful, this is still not as perfect and stable as the desktop release.
While this release is still x86-only, we've made great advances on the ARM port. More news soon.
Get it on the Windows Store.
26 July 2014
Release of 2.1.5
Today, we did a small release of the stable version of VLC media player: 2.1.5.
It is just a maintenance release, before VLC 2.2.0 is ready.
The highlights are:
- Blu-Ray subtitles (PGS) in MKV are correctly sized,
- Some MP3 streams could crash VLC,
- GPU decoding that could artefact on Windows is repaired,
- QTsound input does not crash anymore on OS X,
- Audio channels order are fixed on OS X,
- Improvements on the OS X UI for retina displays,
- We updated freetype, libass, libogg, libmodplug, live555 and libjpeg,
- We updated GnuTLS and libpng, to solve security issues,
- Various issues in interfaces and transcode chains are fixed too.
Hopefully, this is the last one before 2.2.0 is out!
You can grab your version on our website!
31 March 2014
VLC for Android is on the store since quite some time, and it is quite popular, notably knowing it is only a Beta release.
After more than 6 months since the last release, we've developed a new version that is changing a lot of things.
This could be mostly considered as a Second main release of VLC for Android.
The most important parts are a new UI, closer to a modern Android theme and a rewritten hardware acceleration.
15 March 2014
After the first beta release a couple of days ago, a second build fixing the most important crashes has been submitted to the store, for certification.
It should notably fix the crash on start, on some machines, but other stability issues, on the music side too!
We'd like to thank the new contributors that helped.
It should appear automagically in a few hours on the store.
Next release, next week!
Have a nice week-end!
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