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VLC 1.0.0 debuts for Windows, Mac, other platforms

updated 12:45 pm EDT, Tue July 7, 2009

VLC 1.0.0 for Mac, Windows

After years of alpha and beta development, VideoLAN has finally released v1.0.0 of VLC, its cross-platform media player software. Aside from platform independence the player is notable for supporting a variety of unusual codecs, such as OGG, FLAC and MKV. Users also gain access to third-party AirTunes streaming, more precise playback control, and functions like live stream recording.

Among other new features in v1.0.0 is support for a collection of HD codecs, including AES3, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD and Blu-ray Linear PCM. Beyond HD, newly-supported formats include M2TS and Raw Dirac; matching the latter is a new Dirac encoder. An MP3 fixed-point encoder has been introduced as well. The Mac software requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later, while the PC version requires at least Windows 2000 or XP. Versions are also available for less common operating systems, namely variants of Linux and BSD. All copies are free.

by MacNN Staff



  1. rytc

    Joined: Dec 1969



    MKV is hardly unusual and supporting it doesn't make VLC special - Quicktime provides the same support.

  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969


    10.5 only

    The 1.0.0 is for Leopard only.

  1. paulc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Multiple Platforms HA!

    Doesn't support me or millions of other Mac users with G5,and 4's who are running 10.4.11. Supports winblowz all the way back to 2000... but not a 2 year old OS from Cupertino.

  1. webraider

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Blu Ray

    Does this mean that Blu Ray playback for the Mac is finally possible? What's required?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Multiple platforms

    Maybe they paid too much attention to Apple, who barely supports Tiger anymore, and certainly nothing before then, but has no problem supporting ancient Windows OSes.

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