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Version: 2.1.0 RC2

Size: 23MB

Date Added: Sep 10, 2013

License: Freeware

Languages: Multi-languages

Publisher: VideoLAN Project

Website: http://www.videolan.org

OS: Windows XP/ 2003/ Vista/ 2008/ Windows 7/ Windows 8

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VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols. VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player that supports various audio and video formats (MPEG-4, MPEG-2, MPEG-1, DivX, mp3, ogg, ...) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.

The default interface is still a stripped down player that belies VLC's functionality and features. Skinning can fix that quickly, but behavior can still be a bit unpredictable depending on the quality of the skin. VLC's open-source foundation and community ensures that it evolves quickly and often, with new features and fixes released frequently. 
Changes between 2.0.x and 2.1.0-rc2:

Important changes:
 * The licenses of numerous modules have changed from GPLv2+ to LGPLv2.1+
 * Discontinued support for PowerPC-based and 32bit Intel-based Macs
   VLC now requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later on 64bit hardware
 * The --with-tuning and --without-tuning options are removed. To tune
   compilation for a specific processor type, set CFLAGS manually.

3rd party libraries (contrib):
 * /extras/contrib has been replaced by a cleaner system in /contrib

Core:
 * Audio core rewrite, supporting higher samplerates, better volume management,
   better device selection, new channel layouts and new output capabilities.
 * Fix support for .001, .00x split files on Windows
 * Full support for UNICODE Windows mode
 * Remove SQL support
 * Add an audio fingerprinter, using AcoustID!
 * Disable and mark obsolete --language selection
 * Partial support for Windows Store App / WinRT
 * Port to Android
 * Port to iOS

Decoders:
 * Support for CDXL, Ut Video, VBLE, Dxtory codecs via libavcodec
 * Numerous improvements on the OpenMAX IL codec module
 * Support for Ulead DV audio
 * Support for TechSmith Screen Codec 2, Microsoft Expression Encoder Screen,
   Microsoft Application Screen Decoder 1 (MSS1) and 2 (MSS2)
 * Support for Indeo Audio Coder, RealAudio Lossless
 * Add Hardware Acceleration support on OS X for H.264 based upon VDADecoder
 * Add Hardware Acceleration support on Android Jelly Bean using MediaCodec
 * Add Hardware Acceleration support on Linux using VDPAU
 * Support for SCTE-27 subtitles
 * Split G.711 decoder from Araw decoder
 * X Window system raster image dump pseudo-decoder
 * Support for Webinar GoToMeeting 4 (G2M4)

Encoders:
 * high10, high422 and high444 encoding support in h264
 * QuickSyncVideo Encoding (Intel Media SDK) support using Intel GPU on Windows
 * New AAC encoder using the fdk-aac library (non-free)

Access:
 * Screen: add support for OS X Lion and later,
           remove support for previous OS X releases
 * Major improvements in DASH support
 * Improvements in Blu-Ray module, notably for multiple video tracks support
 * Important improvements and rewrite of the v4l2 access module
 * HTTP: support for Internationalized Domain Names
 * Microsoft Smooth Streaming support (H264 and VC1) developed by Viotech.net
 * NTSC EIA-608 closed caption input support via V4L2 VBI devices
 * Add support for VNC/rfb in view only mode
 * Add support for Remote Desktop/RDP in view only mode
 * Timecode: generate a clock/timecode as a subtitle track
   vlc video.mkv --input-slave timecode:// --timecode-fps 30/1001
 * New video capture module for OS X based on AVFoundation, named AVcapture
 * New shared memory framebuffer access module, named shm

Demuxers:
 * MP4: partial support for fragmented MP4
 * Vorbis: better support for metadata and cover art
 * AVI: better support for tags and extended metadata
 * Support for FLAC, Atrac and some ADPCM in AVI
 * Support for DV data type 1 in AVI and 12 bits DV Audio
 * Support for total number of tracks in major container
 * Support for Cook and Atrac in MKV
 * AVI: support for files produced by Nikon cameras
 * Support for more MJPEG streams
 * Add support for liveleak streams
 * Add support for Wave/RF64 files
 * Prevent numerous uncaught exceptions in MKV
 * Add protection against several potential heap buffer overflow in libebml

Audio output:
 * Windows Audio Session API audio output support
 * OpenBSD sndio audio output support
 * Important improvements on the Android OpenSL ES audio output
 * Android AudioTrack audio output support
 * OS X Auhal output support for 6.1, 7.1, 8.0 and 8.1 playback and layouts
 * Rewrite of OSS module to support OSSv4
 * OS X Auhal output support for multi-buffer output devices
   This fix was facilitated through a hardware lending by TEAC Europe GmbH
   distributing such devices under the brand "TASCAM" (US-122, US-144, etc.).
 * Rewrite of the AudioQueue output for iOS (and OS X)
 * New, simplified AudioUnit output for iOS

Audio Filters:
 * New remapping channel filter
 * New filter to enhance stereo effect by mono suppression and delay effect
 * New VSXu visualization plugin
 * ARM NEON acceleration of volume filter
 * Rewrite of the simple downmixer filter
 * New gain audio filter

Video Outputs:
 * New output for Decklink Blackmagic cards
 * New output using OpenMAX IL hardware acceleration API
 * OpenGL: use glsl instead of ARB to do the YUV->RGB conversions
 * OpenGLES: add support for color conversation shaders on Android and iOS
 * Fix and enable the OpenGL ES1 and ES2 outputs
 * Support for subpictures in the OpenGL ES2 output
 * Fix the power management issue on Windows for standby management
 * New output module for iOS using OpenGL ES2
 * Fix performance issue on Macs with multiple graphics cards

Video Filters:
 * New anaglyph video filter which transforms side by side 3D video streams in
   anaglyph glasses (aka red/blue) compatible images.
 * Support in deinterlacing filter for most 4:2:0, 4:2:2, 4:4:4 YUV formats
   and for bits depth higher than 8bits (like 10bits)
 * Improvements on the transform filter, to support 10bits and RGB formats
 * Revival of the openCV and openCV example filters
 * ARM NEON acceleration of chroma filters

Stream Output:
 * Extended support for recording, notably for MKV and AVI
 * Options support for AVIO output module
 * Livehttp places more accurate segments durations in playlist
 * Livehttp allows setting cachin-variable in playlist
 * Livehttp stream encryption support
 * Livehttp supports changing encryption key and uri on segment change with key-loadfile option
 * Added chromaprint based audio fingerprinting

Fingerprinters:
 * Add AcoustID/Musicbrainz based fingerprinter

Interfaces:
 * configurable password for the HTTP server.
 * .hosts removed from the HTTP server.
 * fix Lua command line interface console mode under Windows.
 * Better support for MCE remotes on Windows
 * Hotkey support for TS program selection
 * Rewrite of D-Bus inhibit interface
 * Improvements on motion sensing interface, fix orientation, move out
   rotate mode into the rotate video filter

Services discovery:
 * UPnP A/V subtitles
 * Support for multiple UPnP resources on a single item

OS X Interface:
 * Add support for multiple video outputs
 * Add accessibility support to playback windows, open panel and fullscreen
   controller
 * Add a GUI to manage podcasts
 * Add a new panel for media conversation and streaming
 * Add a GUI for the QTSound access input to process audio captured locally
   - This also allows to capture input from a webcam and a mic at the same time.
 * Add a GUI to capture QTSound data along with the current screen content
 * Add an option to let the Apple Remote control the system volume instead of
   VLC's internal volume level
 * Add a new Subtitles menu to change Subtitles and their properties during
   playback
 * Add the ability to create custom equalizer presets based upon the current
   selection and to manage the list of presets
 * Add custom profiles for video and audio effects, which let the user keep
   multiple configuration sets of all the individual filters
 * Support for pausing iTunes during media playback with VLC
 * Add support for video filters to clone the video output or split it in parts
 * Add A->B loop feature known from the Qt interface
 * Add an option to disable skipping to next/previous file with the Apple Remote
 * Add an option to show next / previous buttons
 * Add an option to hide the shuffle and repeat buttons
 * Add an option to hide the audio effects button (default enabled)
 * Add optional playlist columns for track number, genre, album, description,
   date and language
 * Add options to the Advanced Open File dialog for start and stop time
 * Add an option to play videos as a desktop background
 * Add support for playing video and showing audio visualizations side by side
 * improve fullscreen controller time slider with larger click target
 * rewrite of minimal macosx module for use within VLCKit
 * Add support for 'macosx-autoplay' to the Apple Event / Apple Script bindings
   when adding new inputs - this also affects network streams opened through
   3rd party applications
 * Add a UI to the preferences dialog to configure the default application
   handler for ftp, mms, rtmp, rtp, rtsp, sftp, smb and udp streams
   (system-wide settings)
 * Add support for the Video Title option
 * Add support for the Boss Key
 * The Streaming/Transcoding wizard and the open dialog's output panel are
   deprecated now and will be removed in a future release.

Qt:
 * Partial support for Qt5.0
 * Menus modifications and improvements
 * Playlist improvements and fixes, including PictureFlow view
 * Streaming output wizard rewrite
 * Add bitrate graph in information panels
 * Filters panels improvements, notably Equalizer and Compressor
 * EPG display fixes and improvements
 * Add SD pixmap sources
 * Preferences hotkeys management fixes
 * Display playlist total duration
 * Support for a Maximum volume in the UI
 * Numerous fixes
 * Add audio track fingerprinting from media info
 * Remove language preference
 * New profiles format and dialog to handle filters and quality.
   Added new profiles.

Skins2:
 * Port to OS/2
 * Extend sliders, offsets options
 * New bitmaps caching mechanism
 * Numerous fixes and improvements
 * Skinning of the Fullscreen controller

libVLC:
 * new libvlc_audio_output_device_list_get and libvlc_audio_output_device_list_release functions
   to replace the deprecated libvlc_audio_output_device_count, libvlc_audio_output_device_longname
   and libvlc_audio_output_device_id
 * libvlc_audio_output_get_device_type and libvlc_audio_output_set_device_type are now deprecated
 * new libvlc_media_tracks_get and libvlc_media_tracks_release methods to get more info about the
   media tracks. libvlc_media_get_tracks_info is now deprecated.
 * new fingerprinter_Create and fingerprinter_Destroy for fingerprinter support
 * new libvlc_log_set, libvlc_log_set_file, libvlc_log_unset, libvlc_log_get_context and
   libvlc_log_get_object for a better logger mechanism
 * new libvlc_set_app_id to complement libvlc_set_user_agent to set the icons

Removed modules:
 * portaudio audio output: use the native audio output instead
 * X11 On Screen Display notifications (xosd)
 * Linux Framebuffer On Screen Display interface (fbosd)
 * PVR: IVTV analog TV encoder - use V4L instead
 * RTMP access: use libavformat avio instead
 * RTMP access_output: use libavformat avio instead
 * Hildon GUI
 * MSN messenger "now playing" (broken and unmaintained since VLC 1.0.0)
 * Telepathy framework "now playing" (broken and unmaintained since VLC 1.0.0)
 * Nokia/Maemo MCE screen unblanking plugin
 * Broken crop video filter
 * Switcher module
 * OSD parser and menu
 * Xscreensaver: use xdg-screensaver
 * Removed DLL loader for non-Windows Operating Systems
 * SQL Media Library (broken and unmaintained)
 * SQL Lite (only used as SQL Media library backend)
 * htcpcp :)
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