VLC's new 3.0 supports 8K video, HDR, and even Chromecast

VLC Media Player 3.0 is out with support for HDR, Chromecast playback and more

VLC Media Player 3.0 is out with support for HDR, Chromecast playback and more

Supports 360-degree video and 3D audio, up to thid order Ambisonics, with customizable HRTF. Video quality while mirroring, from what we have observed, deteriorate.

Folks with a Chromecast streaming stick will be pleased as well, as this update adds support for native Chromecast playback, which is ideal because Chromecast doesn't support a lot of video files itself.

VLC is one of the rare players capable of playing every other file and format you throw at it.

Previously, VLC Media Player users had to first connect to Chromecast app via Android or Chrome browser on desktop and then mirror the content.

Last month, possibly the most-anticipated feature for VLC finally made it into the Android version - support for Chromecast. The feature is still in beta and is expected to improve over time. You can turn any Android device into ...

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Supports hardware decoding on all platforms, for HD and UHD of H.264 & H.265 codecs, allowing 4K and 8K decoding with little CPU consumption. On Windows, this means HEVC decoding using DXVA2 and D3D11, while on Android, HEVC decoding is done using OMX and MediaCodec.

VLC also offers better support for Blu-Ray movies. Direct3D 11 output also works on Windows RT, Windows Phone, and Windows 10 Mobile.

Supports Dex for Samsung's Android devices and other keyboard-driven devices, in addition to complete Oreo support and playlists.

If you're wondering why Chromecast support took so long, it's because VLC is 100% open source software, unlike Google's Chromecast SDK. Media files can be dropped on to the VLC icon from other applications and right-clicking the program will open the context menu. By just saying 'play [artist/album/song] with VLC' Google Assistant can recognize the album, artist, or song name and play it using VLC.

With version 3.0 of VLC installed, you can now cast local content found on your Android device. This is apart from the usual bug-fixes and performance improvements.

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