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VLC 3.0 now available with 8K and Chromecast support

VLC 3.0.0 "Vetinari" on Windows 10 (32-bit version)
VLC 3.0.0 "Vetinari" on Windows 10 (32-bit version)
The first version of the "Vetinari" branch, VLC 3.0.0 is capable of streaming to Chromecast devices even in non-native formats, also supporting 4K and 8K hardware decoding on a wide range of devices, including Android flagships.

VLC has been around for ages, but lost me as a user a while ago. I can't remember exactly the bug/compatibility issue that was my reason, but I definitely can recall that I simply switched to another media player that did not give me any headaches. Now, I might return to it, although VLC might not become my main media player yet. The reason for this is the new version, which is labeled 3.0.0 and the first major update that hits all platforms at the same time.

Dubbed "Vetinari," VLC 3.0 comes with the following highlights:

  • 8K support on a wide range of devices, including Android phones and tablets
  • streaming from PC to Chromecast hardware even in formats not natively supported by the latter (Chromecast streaming to PCs not yet supported)
  • improved subtitle support
  • HDMI/SPDIF pass-through for WASAPI
  • pitch shifting module
  • BD-Jave menus and overlay for Blu-ray
  • HDR10 support for PCs with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

VLC for Android now supports picture-in-picture mode, Chromebooks, voice action support for Android Auto, and support for the desktop mode of Samsung's DeX station.

VLC is open source and completely free and can be downloaded on all major platforms. Sadly, the 64-bit version for Windows is not ready yet, but it will probably arrive as soon as possible. Those who cannot live with the 32-bit VLC 3.0 version can only download the 64-bit version of VLC 2.8 right now.

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Codrut Nistor, 2018-02- 9 (Update: 2018-02- 9)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.