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VLC 2.0 goes live with new Mac UI, Blu-ray, pro video

updated 04:00 pm EST, Sat February 18, 2012

VLC 2.0 media player ships

VideoLAN on Saturday posted one of its largest updates yet in the finished version of VLC 2.0. The new media player sees the most interface changes on the Mac, where it now has a single-window interface as well as tighter visual and technical integration with Lion. It now supports any QTKit device capture and sound, and both PowerPC and Leopard-era users can still expect support, even at higher video resolutions.

Pros get some of the broadest additions, including the addition of Apple's ProRes 4:2:2 format as well as 4:4:4:4 encoding and AVC/Intra clips. Imagery in JPEG-2000 and DNxHD/VC-3 can now play in 10-bit mode, where OpenGL shader support also works. Both regular and HD SDI cards can now work as input for pro video editors using Linux, and a faster Dirac/VC-2 encoder improves capture time.

Preliminary support now exists for Blu-ray playback, although it doesn't yet include menus and doesn't include the full encryption content for AACS and BD+. New video and audio outputs exist for Android, iOS, Windows 7, and even OS/2. Frequent viewers of anime and other subtitled video have better support for MKV (Matroska) processing, linked chapters, and the subtitles themselves.

Performance gets a boost through multi-core decoding of H.264, MPEG-4, WebM, and XviD, as well as hardware decoding for CrystalHD cards on the desktop and OpenMAX in Android. Many of the filters have been improved to correct artifacts and audio.

Both Mac (in separate Intel and PowerPC versions) and Windows editions are available now. Linux users have to wait for a packager to make it available, and Android isn't yet known to be available.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Gazoobee

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Do. Not. Like.

    the new interface. I just used the little mini player before and I would argue most do. Now we have all that extra junk down the left hand side and no stand alone player.

    You can make the video play "in the main window" and then the window becomes the player, but why do I *have* to have all that other junk that I don't want, don't use and couldn't care less about?

    It's a design that works only if you are using VLC as your main viewer to replace all other video file viewers on the system. In other words it only works if it's a complete replacement for Quicktime. I prefer Quicktime's method (and VLC's previous method) of just giving you a little viewer for the file in any case.

    Many people like me use VLC only for the files that cannot be opened by the normal software and this is not a good solution for that. If I have to choose between Quicktime and VLC I know which one I will choose.

  1. arpinski

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Like very much

    @Gazoobee - Couldn't disagree with you more. Like you - I also tend to use VLC for those files that QT can not play, but I always disliked having the controller separate from the video window. I would sometimes accidentally close the controller when what I really wanted to do was close VLC. It was just more fiddling around then what I wanted/ liked.

    For me, the new VLC setup has much better layout/ user control. Of course your mileage may very.

  1. pottymouth

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    Does multi-channel audio still play with the audio swapped front to back? I could certainly do without that "feature."

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