News is in the air for all the VLC lovers. Recently, VideoLAN has launched the latest version, i.e. version 3.0 of its media player and this is for all the major desktop and mobile platforms. This list includes Windows (ARM, x86, x64), macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Android TV, Apple TV, and Chrome OS. Thus this latest version is applicable for Android, iOS and everything else.

This latest Version 3.0 adds numerous new features, and would be known for fixing more than 1,500 bugs, and spans more than 20,000 commits, as per the claims by Jean-Baptiste Kempf, lead developer and president of VideoLAN. To this, he added that It is “the result of more than three years of volunteer work”. Of course, this is quite a major update since February 2015.

Kempf also added that all VLC 3.0 releases have shared the same code, courtesy, a massive change to the media player’s core. Dubbed Vetinari, named after the fictional character Lord Vetinari, this VLC 3.0 runs on every Windows version going back to XP, all macOS versions going back to 10.7, all iOS versions going back to iOS 7, all Android versions going back to Gingerbread 2.3, and all Chromebooks with the Google Play Store.

VLC 3.0 has roped in these changes to the media player:

  • Supporting hardware decoding on all platforms, for HD and UHD of H.264 & H.265 codecs, allowing 4K and 8K decoding with little CPU consumption.
  • Supporting 360-degree video and 3D audio, up to thid order Ambisonics, with customizable HRTF.
  • Supporting direct HDR (on Windows 10) and HDR tone-mapping (on other operating systems).
  • Allowingpassthrough for HD Audio codecs so external HiFi decoders can provide the best sound.
  • Allowing users to browse local network drives like SMB, FTP, SFTP, NFS, and so on.
  • SupportingChromecast discovery and streaming (including audio-only), even in formats not supported by Chromecast, such as DVDs.
  • Adding a new subtitle rendering engine, supporting complex text layout and font fallback for multiple languages and fonts, including East-Asian languages.
  • Updating the user interface to support HiDPI on Windows 10, new APIs for macOS, and so on.
  • Adding support for numerous new formats and codecs, including WebVTT, TTML, HQX, CEA-708, Cineform, and many more.
  • Preparing support for AV1, both decoding, and encoding.
  • SupportingBluray with Java menus (BD-J), although decryption needs to be performed outside of VLC.
  • Preparing the experimental support for Wayland on Linux, and switches to OpenGL by default on Linux (Qt5 only for now).
  • SupportingDex for Samsung’s Android devices and other keyboard-driven devices, in addition, to complete Oreo support and playlists.
  • Improving performance and battery life on iOS.

Lastly, Kempf also added that VLC 3.0 consumes less CPU and GPU than Media Player Classic Home Cinema and the Movies app on Windows.

Now, download the link below and be upgraded to this latest version.