VLC 3.0 exits beta, adds Chromecast support, faster seeking, and more

VLC Media Player 3.0 is out with support for HDR, Chromecast playback and more

The 3.0 version of the software has been named "Vetinari". 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. The app is now better suited for modern displays and content, packing in things like High Dynamic Range (HDR) and 8K support, and more.

The awesome app which is provided for free on major platforms has now received VLC 3.0 with a laundry list of awesome new features including Chromecast support, HDR and many more. That task must be performed outside VLC.

Some features are specific to just Android, those including compatibility with DeX, Chromebooks, and Android TV, picture-in-picture, Android Auto with voice actions, Chromecast support from the phone, playlist file detection, and HEVC hardware decoding via MediaCodec.

VLC 3.0 is also now network-enabled.

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Other major added features include 3D audio support, audio passthrough for HD audio codecs, and support for browsing NAS drives.

To remind you, VLC is a massively popular cross-platform media player, which supports playback of pretty much all media types. So VLC has to be a http server like youtube.com, and provide the video in a Chromecast compatible format. You will now be able to stream content from your Android device to your HDTV over Chromecast. VideoLAN said it used Google's official closed-source SDK to build out the feature, which prevents it from releasing the source.

The update is available right now for Android, Chrome OS, Android TV, Linux, macOS, iOS, Apple TV, and Windows. The full list of improvements is available on the VLC announcement page.

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