Our Favorite Media Players: VLC 1.0 Final
Article by George Norman
On 08 Jul 2009
As we’ve previously mentioned when the release candidate of VLC 1.0 was rolled out back in May, out of all the great media players you can get for free (or for a price) from the web, the open-source, cross platform VLC player is amongst our favorites. And we have great news to report about VideoLAN Client as it used to be called: VLC 1.0 has moved out of RC and is now available as a final and stable software application.

“The VideoLAN project is pleased to announce the release of the first version of the Goldeneye branch of VLC: 1.0.0. This major release introduces many new features, new formats and new codecs to the VLC multimedia framework and fixes a very high number of bugs that were present in the 0.9.x or 0.8.6 versions. The VLC project only lives with volunteers and would love help from new users and contributors: time, code, hardware and money would help us a lot. You don't need to be a developer to help” commented the VLC team.


VLC 1.0 media player features:
- Open-source, cross-platform
- Plays most video types without needing codecs
- Customize the toolbars
- Live recording
- Instant pausing
- Frame-by-Frame support
- Finer speed controls
- New HD codecs: AES3, Dolby Digital Plus, TrueHD, Blu-Ray Linear PCM, Real Video 3.0 and 4.0, and so on)
- New formats: Raw Dirac, M2TS, etc.
- New Dirac encoder
- MP3 fixed-point encoder
- Full screen video scaling
- Support for RTSP Trickplay
- Zipped file playback
- Easier encoding GUI in Qt interface
- Better integration in Gtk environments
- MTP devices on Linux
- AirTunes streaming
- New skin for the skins2 interface

On top of that, you can expect to get the improvements we’ve known about ever since VLC was in RC:
- On the fly recording for all media types, on the fly zip file decompression and browsing, on the fly gzip and bzip2 file decompression.
- Timeshift for most media types.
- New Blu-Ray Linear PCM decoder. Experimental Blu-Ray disc and AVCHD folder support.
- New and enhanced video and audio decoders, encoders, demuxers.
- Global hotkeys for Windows and Linux.
- Support for modern Apple keyboards, meaning that VLC is controllable via the Media Keys (Mac OS X only).
- Support fro DVB-S and ATSC cards (Windows only).
- Improved speed control.
- Other UI tweaks and enhancements.

If you would like to get VLC 1.0 final, a download location is available here.

Tags: VLC 1.0, VideoLAN
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