VLC Version 3.1 iOS update brings Chromecast Support & 360-Degree Viewing Mode

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VideoLAN updated its most popular VLC media player app back in February this year, and with version 3.0 the app comes with a load of features, including improved audio playback quality, support for Google Chromecast streaming devices, and also the ability to view 360-degree videos by moving the phone around. All these new features were available on the new update for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Android TV, and other platforms. And now the VLC media player app gets the new update, that is, version 3.1 for iOS platform. And not the new features, company also tweaked a ton of bugs in the new update, bugs like not showing files stored on the phone, and regression issues in downloaded files and Google Drive login.

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The new version of VLC app, that is, Version 3.1 can be downloaded for free from the App Store. Before this, make sure you have a compatible device and software updates for running the new version. Devices like iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running iOS 9.0 and above will support the new feature.

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The new VLC version 3.1 sport all the previous features including support for 12-bit codecs as well as for extended color spaces, and the new features fixes a number of bugs and also adds more stability and more performance improvements when decoding H.264/ H.265 in hardware.

 

More VLC 3.1 features for Video Enthusiasts-

  • VLC 3.1 activates hardware decoding by default, to get 4K and 8K playback!
  • It supports 10bits and HDR
  • VLC supports 360 video and 3D audio, up to Ambisonics 3rd order
  • Allows audio passthrough for HD audio codecs
  • Can stream to Chromecast devices, even in formats not supported natively
  • Can play Blu-Ray Java menus: BD-J
  • VLC supports browsing of local network drives and NAS

 

CORE

  • Network browsing for distant filesystems (SMB, FTP, SFTP, NFS…)
  • HDMI passthrough for Audio HD codecs, like E-AC3, TrueHD or DTS-HD
  • 12bits codec and extended colorspaces (HDR)
  • Stream to distant renderers, like Chromecast
  • 360 video and 3D audio playback with viewpoint change
  • Support for Ambisonics audio and more than 8 audio channels
  • Subtitles size modification live

 

ACCELERATION

  • Hardware decoding and display on all platforms
  • HEVC hardware decoding on Windows, using DxVA2 and D3D11
  • HEVC hardware decoding using OMX and MediaCodec (Android)
  • MPEG-2, VC1/WMV3 hardware decoding on Android
  • Important improvements for the MMAL decoder and output for rPI and rPI2
  • HEVC and H.264 hardware decoding for macOS and iOS based on VideoToolbox
  • New VA-API decoder and rendering for Linux

 

CODECS

  • BD-Java menus and overlay in Blu-Ray
  • Experimental AV1 video and Daala video decoders
  • OggSpots video decoder
  • New MPEG-1 & 2 audio layers I, II, III + MPEG 2.5 decoder based on libmpg123
  • New BPG decoder based on libbpg
  • TDSC, Canopus HQX, Cineform, SpeedHQ, Pixlet, QDMC and FMVC decoders
  • TTML subtitles support
  • Rewrite of webVTT subtitles support, including CSS style support
  • BluRay text subtitles (HDMV) decoder

 

CONTAINERS

  • Rework of the MP4 demuxer
  • Rework of the TS demuxer
  • HD-DVD .evo support
  • Rework of the PS demuxer
  • Improvements on MKV

 

VIDEO OUTPUTS AND FILTERS

  • OpenGL as Linux/BSD default video output
  • Improvements in OpenGL output: direct displaying and HDR tonemapping
  • Rework of the Android video outputs
  • New Direct3D11 video output supporting both Windows desktop and WinRT modes
  • HDR10 support in Direct3D11 with Windows 10 Fall Creator Update
  • Hardware deinterlacing on the rPI, using MMAL
  • Video filter to convert between fps rates
  • Hardware accelerated deinterlacing/adjust/sharpen/chroma with VA-API
  • Hardware accelerated adjust/invert/posterize/sepia/sharpen with CoreImage
  • Hardware accelerated deinterlacing/adjust/chroma with D3D9 and D3D11

 

AUDIO OUTPUTS AND FILTERS

  • Complete rewrite of the AudioTrack Android output
  • New Tizen audio output
  • HDMI/SPDIF pass-through support for WASAPI (AC3/DTS/DTSHD/EAC3/TRUEHD)
  • Support EAC3 and TRUEHD pass-through for PulseAudio
  • Rework of the AudioUnit modules to share more code between iOS and macOS
  • SoX Resampler library audio filter module (converter and resampler)
  • Ambisonics audio renderer, supporting up to 3rd order
  • Binauralizer audio filter, working with Ambisonics or 5.1/7.1 streams
  • Pitch shifting module

 

 

Anubhav identifies himself as gadget fanatic & a stickler for detail and accuracy. He’s quite an aficionado of sci-fi movies, gaming, and music. When not writing about his favorite genres on VoStory, he can be seen clicking photographs.