Tuesday, July 07, 2009

VideoLan VLC 1.0.0 Arrives

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My very favorite non-HTPC media player released version 1.0.0 this week and includes some great new features.  If you're looking for a media player that can handle about any file you throw at it and is free, look no further than VLC.

ScreenShot of VLC Playing Dollhouse


New features include:

Major New Features:

  • AirTunes Streaming
  • Video Scaling in fullscreen
  • Frame-by-Frame support
  • More exact speed controls
  • Zipped file playback
  • Customizable toolbars
  • EXPERIMENTAL work for the winCE port has been done.

Playback Features:

  • Instantaneous pausing
  • Frame-by-Frame playback
  • Finer speed control
  • Live, on-the-fly recording for all medias
  • Timeshift for most medias
  • RTSP trickplay support
  • Subtitles core improvements and fixes

Decoders Added/Improved:

  • AES3 (SMPTE 302M) decoder
  • Dolby Digital Plus - E-AC-3 (A/52b) decoder
  • True HD/MLP decoder and parser
  • Blu-Ray Linear PCM decoder
  • QCELP (Qualcomm PureVoice) decoder
  • Improved Real Video 3.0 & 4.0 decoder
  • WMA v1/2 fixed point integer decoder
  • Closed Captions using the SCTE-20 standard are now correctly decoded
  • Improvement of WavPack decoder to support all integer modes and float mode
  • Corrections on 5.1 and 7.1 channel decoding and ordering


  • Support for Dirac, MLP and RealVideo in Matroska files
  • Major improvements in RealMedia files opening (.rm and .rmvb)
  • Improvements of the TS demuxer for M2TS files from Blu-Ray and AVCHD
  • Metadata for mod files are supported
  • GSM codecs in Wav files are supported
  • New raw audio demuxer supporting raw PCM streams
  • New Dirac demuxer for raw Dirac streams


  • Playback for video in uncompressed multi-RAR archives
  • DVB-S and ATSC cards support on Windows
  • EXPERIMENTAL Blu-Ray Disc and AVCHD Folders support
  • On-the-fly zip file decompression and browsing (MRL of the form
       zip://file.zip!/file.avi to specify the file - the development form of
       zip://file.zip|file.avi is not supported anymore)
  • CD-Text support on the cdda module (CD-Audio)


  • Export the playlist in HTML
  • Lua script for BBC radio playback
  • Better metadata handling and reading

Read about the VLC 1.0.0 release and get your download at videolan.org