The VideoLAN organization released the final version of VLC 3.0 Vetinari today. Moving from version 2.x.x to 3 is a major upgrade to this popular media player. Today (Feb 9, 2018) marks the day when the much-awaited VLC Media Player upgrade is released for all major platforms (desktop as well as mobile)—Windows, Windows Store, OS X (Mac), Google Play, iOS, Linux and Windows Phone. It also supports other operating systems and devices like Apple TV, Chrome OS and XBox One. You can get your copy of this free and amazing media playing software for free.
To download the latest version, go to: https://www.videolan.org/vlc/ and you can click on the Download VLC button to get your copy for your current platform. You will also find the download links to all supported platforms on this page. You can also update it.
What’s New in VLC 3.0.0?
If you’ve been wondering what’s new in this fresh release of VLC Media Player, then the list is long. You can read all the changes here. Here are some of the highlights of what’s new:
Major Platforms: In continuing the tradition of being a universal media player, VLC has added support to all the major platforms today. Whether it is your mobile device or your desktop/laptop, no matter what the OS it uses, VLC is there for you.
- You can use it in Windows as a 32-bit software and find it as an application on the Windows Store. It is available for your Windows Phone as well.
- For Apple users, it’s readily available for Mac OS X (for macbooks), iOS (for iPhones) and Apple TV.
- Linux users will find it in their repository whether they use Debian GNU/Linux, Ubuntu, Mint, openSUSE, Gentoo Linux, Fedora, Arch Linux, Slackware Linux, ALT Linux or Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
- It is also available on Android.
- It’s also there for the XBOX One.
- Other systems like Chrome OS, FreeBSD, NetBSD, Open BSD, Solaris, QNX, Syllable and OS/2 are also supported.
Hardware Decoding: Uses your powerful hardware to decode media files and due to this, it can easily get 4K and 8K media playback.
Supports 10 Bits and HDR: Your 10 BIT UHD, 4K HDR and 8K videos are easily supported and your GPU does all the work for it.
360 Video: 360 Videos have been around for some time and now you can play such videos in VLC. You can also open 360 pictures if you take those from your phone.
3D Audio: Yes, you get 3D audio effects and ambisonics 3rd order.
Audio Passthrough: Readily available for HD audio codecs.
Chromecast Support: You can stream your videos from your phone to your big screen using VLC. Chromecast support means that now you can even stream unsupported media files by Google Chromecast to your big screen. It’s convenient now and you can give it a try to other streamers on the market as well.
Blu-Ray Java menus: Blu-Ray disks burned with such menus will now show in our favorite media player.
Local Network: Browse files from the local network for playing.
Distant File Systems(SMB, FTP, SFTP, NFS…): Access remote networks supported by this player to play the files stored in such systems.
HDMI Passthrough: No more HDMI Splitters and multiple HDMI cables needed because of this feature.
Of course, these are just the highlights of what the upgrade offers. This page has all the details for the tech-savvy users. For the rest of us, all that we have to know is that it is available everywhere and supports every format. So, get to installing VLC on all your devices and level up your media playing experience.
Downloading a copy on our Windows machine, we can tell that the interface remains the same. You will find the same cone icon and when you launch it, the app has the same friendly look. The menus and options are all in place and it might not smell new to the daily user.
But know that, there is a lot of work that has been done in the background which will ensure that our media playing experience stays smooth over the years to come.
So, what are you waiting for?