Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Science | By Hubert Green

VLC update adds Chromecast and HDR support

VLC update adds Chromecast and HDR support

This major new version of the software has been in development since June of 2016.

The newest version of the time-tested VLC media player has arrived carrying some stonking new features. With VLC, you have media of any format. The developers have even launched a version of the same on the Xbox One console for people who use their gaming console as a media box and test its potency with different file formats.

VLC is one of the most used media programs on the planet, and today it's getting its first major update in almost 2 years.

VLC Media Player 3.0 is out with support for HDR, Chromecast playback and more
VLC 3.0 released: Chromecast, 8K, HDR, Android PiP, iPhone X optimization

The new features roll on from there, bringing in support for 360-degree videos, 3D audio, default hardware decoding for up to 8K playback, OggSpots video decoder, Blu-ray text subtitles decoder, and more core features. And for a full account of what's new, you can check out the lengthy release notes at VideoLAN. The app supports HDR tone-mapping, HDR on all supported videos and will also allow you tostream content directly to Google Chromecast devices connected to your HDTV.

It's no wonder VLC 3.0 is an update geared towards the feature and created to offer the best value for their longtime users. However, due to Chromecast supporting a handful of codecs, the company would first have to convert the local file you want to play into Chromecast's preferred format and then stream it to the television.

Support for Chromecast on Android and Chromebooks (via the Google Play app) is undoubtedly the headline feature of this release, and something that's likely to make VLC's sizeable user base ecstatic.

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