updated 01:20 pm EDT, Fri April 3, 2009
VLC 0.9.9 launched
VideoLAN has released the latest update for its VLC media player, VLC 0.9.9. The new update is primarily a bugfix update that improves the video performance on Intel-based Macs. The new version also includes an experimental native decoder for Real Video v3.0 and v4.0, using the FFmpeg codec. VLC is free, open source software that supports MPEG-1, MPEG 2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, AVI, MKV and many more audio/video formats. It supports streaming video as well as standard playback, and can unicast or multicast on IPv4 and IPv6 networks.
The company also said that Real Media demuxing has also been improved and features a workaround bug with libxml2 >=2.7.3, fixes full-screen behavior on multiple screens in Windows, and includes Windows decoder updates.
VideoLAN also announced the immanent retirement of the traffic-cone logo that has been in use for an extended period of time, to be replaced by a new bulldozer logo, presumably with the approaching 1.0.0 update.
VLC 0.9.9 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.