VLC 3.0 released: Chromecast, 8K, HDR, Android PiP, iPhone X optimization

VLC 3.0 Brings Big Updates Chromecast Support and HDR

The Android Auto interface is simplified, and you can ask it to "play Daft Punk (with VLC)" and Assistant will load it up.

The new version brings Chromecast and hardware accelerated video decoding support.

This release version now also fully supports Chromecast streaming, a feature we first played with back in 2016. It adds support for HDR, including both 10-bit and 12-bit color and 360-degree video. As always, a bunch of new codecs are supported too. Things are much easier now as you should be able to easily cast movies, television series and music videos directly from your phone to the TV using Chromecast support. Having said that, the developers had to work rigorously to add this new feature and VLC Android developer Geoffrey Métais has further explained that the hard part about Chromecast support was converting local media files to play nice with Google's preferred format.

With VLC's 3.0 update, it has introduced some slight design tweaks and new features. The feature is still in beta and is expected to improve over time.

Our smartphones are quickly becoming the center of our media experience. VLC for Android will now also scan for Playlist files on your device. On Windows, this means HEVC decoding using DXVA2 and D3D11, while on Android, HEVC decoding is done using OMX and MediaCodec.

Supports Bluray with Java menus (BD-J), although decryption needs to be performed outside of VLC. VLC for Android is completely free, has no ads and no in-app-purchases. Then: Open VLC, select Playback Renderer and select your Chromecast device from the list of available options.

Allows passthrough for HD Audio codecs so external HiFi decoders can provide the best sound.

There's also improvements to Fast Seek when scrubbing through Videos and fixes for subtitles not loading.

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