VLC update adds Chromecast and HDR support


Many software releases are described in as being major or significant, but VLC 3.0 really is a huge release - it's a truly massive update from its predecessor.

With Chromecast support, users can stream media directly on a television.

Supported platforms include Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Linux-however, the Linux version is not yet publicly available. The major new addition is Chromecast support, which is present on all versions of the player, not just the Android port. If you select Renderer, you'll see your Chromecast device (s) listed. It adds support for HDR, including both 10-bit and 12-bit color and 360-degree video. The group demonstrates 4K video at 48fps running on a Samsung Galaxy S8 working very well indeed, for example. So VLC has to be a http server like youtube.com, and provide the video in a Chromecast compatible format. For all but the last of those, it's now available to download for free.

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As well as the wide range of formats, it also supports practically endless versions too. VideoLAN said that VLC 3.0 also supports customizable HRTF (head related transfer function) to simulate spatial audio from standard 5.1 and 7.1 sources, such as Blu-Rays. So far, the plan is to drop older operating system versions (Windows XP, Windows Vista, macOS 10.7, macOS 10.8, Android 2.x, and Android 3.0 Honeycomb), which Kempf notes means that VLC 3.0 is a long-term support release.

You can also download a few quid to the voluntary group who's been striving to bring this update to you for the last few years. The Android Auto interface is simplified, and you can ask it to "play Daft Punk (with VLC)" and Assistant will load it up.