Latest VLC Player 3.0 update brings support for Chromecast

Latest VLC Player 3.0 update brings support for Chromecast

The latest version of the video player has been rolled out on Android, iOS devices, Apple TV, Windows, Linux and every other major platform.

Version 3.0 adds numerous new features, fixes more than 1,500 bugs, and spans more than 20,000 commits, Jean-Baptiste Kempf, lead developer and president of VideoLAN, told VentureBeat.

VLC 3.0 is also now network-enabled.

Supports hardware decoding on all platforms, for HD and UHD of H.264 & H.265 codecs, allowing 4K and 8K decoding with little CPU consumption.

VideoLAN is also laying the groundwork for a forthcoming VR version with 3.0 offering support for 360-degree video and 3D audio.

Supports direct HDR (on Windows 10) and HDR tone-mapping (on other operating systems). You can now access content from NAS devices and local network drives through VLC's menus.

Updates the user interface to support HiDPI on Windows 10, new APIs for macOS, and so on.


VLC 3.0 has officially launched and it brings with it a bunch of new major features, not the least of which is the official arrival of Chromecast support.

Prepares support for AV1, both decoding and encoding.

The VLC team has also expounded why Chromecast support has taken so long -it's because they don't use Google Play Services, instead choosing to build their own Chromecast stack support.

So, with VLC 3.0, support for VLC is now available on DeX, Chromebooks and Android auto, as well as on your Android device.

Improves performance and battery life on iOS. Moreover, the media player should consume less power than Microsoft's Movies and TV, Kempf claimed.

Supported platforms include Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Linux-however, the Linux version is not yet publicly available.

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