VLC 3.0 launched with 8K, Chromecast and 360 degree video support

Videolan have launched version 3.0 of VLC the ever popular media player. Version 3 (codenamed Vetinari) includes many new features including 4k/8k playback, HDR on Windows 10, 360 degree videos and can stream to Chromecast devices.

It supports Blue-ray java menus, network drives, NAS devices and has many other new features (see the complete list here). The new version works with Windows 10 (right back to Windows XP), MacOS 10.7 and above, iOS 7 and above, Android 2.3 and above, Android TV, Xbox One, and Linux.

Head over to the download page to grab the new version.

3.0 Highlights

VLC 3.0 “Vetinari” is a new major update of VLC.

VLC 3.0 activates hardware decoding by default, to get 4K and 8K playback!

Supports 4K, 10bits and HDR

Playback 360 video and 3D audio, up to Ambisoncics 3rd order

Allows 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

Support for more formats and faster seeking

New subtitles renderer support Complex Text Scripts and Fonts fallback

About the author Ian Dixon:
Ian Dixon is a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional), founder of TheDigitalLifestyle.com tech site and producer of the weekly The Digital Lifestyle Show podcast. Ian has been writing and talking about Windows for over 10 years and has over 20 years in IT as an IT Manager. Ian has thousands of followers on Twitter and Facebook and over 4 million views on his YouTube channel.

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