VLC Player Updated v3.0, Brings Support For Chromecast & More
VLC player updated v3.0
VLC the popular media player is now updated by the new version named ‘Ventinary’, updated to v3.0. and the new update is available for Windows, MacOS, Android, iOS, Android TV, Windows RT, Windows Phone, Windows 10 Mobile, Xbox One and Linux etc.
The new version has many new function and features. The main highlight is it supports for Chromecast and also activates hardware decoding by default and supports 10-bit HDR.
The function will use a lot of the device’s CPU and battery power, as such, the support for Chromecast should be considered beta for now , said the developer Metais and also explain that, bringing the feature was not an easy task, which is why it took so long for the feature to finally arrive. Further, they also had to design workarounds to get the function to feature as intended.
The developer of VLC Geoffrey Metais states that “Chromecast is not designed to play local video files: When you watch a Youtube video, your phone is just a remote controller, nothing more. Chromecast streams the video from youtube.com. That’s where it becomes complicated, Chromecast only supports very few codecs number, let’s say h264.
Google ensures that your video is encoded in h264 format on youtube.com, so streaming is simple. With VLC, you have media of any format. So VLC has to be an HTTP server like youtube.com, and provide the video in a Chromecast compatible format. And of course in real time, which is challenging on Android because phones are less powerful than computers.”
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