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VLC 1.1 released, now 'ready for HD'

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 24 Jun 2010 12:29 User comments (18)

VLC 1.1 released, now 'ready for HD' VLC has been updated to version 1.1, making the popular media player "ready for HD" with hardware video acceleration leading to smoother HD playback.
Additionally, the update brings support for the WebM video standard alongside tons of other tweaks and fixes.

On the downside, VLC has been forced to remove SHOUTcast streaming protocol support, as AOL (the owner) had demanded that the company bundle AOL software into the player or remove the support. VLC has left the email addresses of prominent AOL execs on their page, however, so angry users can do what they will with that.

The hardware acceleration works, so far, only through Nvidia hardware for both Linux and Windows, but all other updates work for Macs, Windows and Linux.

VLC is free and available here: VLC Media Player 1.1

What's new?
GPU decoding on Windows Vista and 7, using DxVA2 for H.264, VC-1 and MPEG-2
GPU decoding on GNU/Linux, using VAAPI for H.264, VC-1 and MPEG-2
DSP decoding using OpenMax IL, for compatible embedded devices
Improved support for MKV HD, including seeking fixes, and 7.1 channels codecs
Support for new codecs, like Blu-Ray subtitles, MPEG-4 lossless and VP8
NB: so far, on Windows for GPU decoding, VideoLAN is recommending nVidia® GPU, until ATI® drivers are working with VLC architecture, and until the VLC developers get access to some Intel® hardware supporting GPU decoding.


Other Improvements:

Web improvements
Support for WebM decoding and encoding
Improved web plugins
Better streaming capabilities
Better Audio experience
Integrated playlist in the Qt4 interface
Multiple views (like album art) in the playlist in the Qt4 interface
Support for AMR-NB, Mpeg-4 ALS, Vorbis 6.1/7.1, FLAC 6.1/7.1 and WMAS
CDDB and CD-Text works now on the Windows port when listening to CD-Audio
Support for DVD-Audio files (.aob)
Improved meta-data and album-art support
Faster, Lighter
Faster decoding, with up to 40% speed-ups, in HD resolutions
First part of the Video Output core rewrite
Removal or rewrite of dozens of modules, code simplification and tens of thousands of lines of code removed
Some functionalities that are less used are now moved to extensions
More assembly optimizatinons, especially SSSE3/SSE4 and ARM Neon
Fewer threads used
Better for developers
Simplified and improved libVLC, removal of exceptions for better C integration
New phonon-backend for Qt applications, on all platforms
New C++ bindings

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18 user comments

124.6.2010 12:42

People are still using VLC?

224.6.2010 13:29

Originally posted by ROMaster2:
People are still using VLC?
yes

324.6.2010 13:32

Originally posted by ROMaster2:
People are still using VLC?
duh? Of course people us VLC.

I think the question is "People still aren't using VLC?"

424.6.2010 15:30

I have it installed on my pc and use it once and a while but I just download klite pack and use the regular windows media player to play on my files.

524.6.2010 17:43

i thought nullsoft created shoutcast, so where does AOL come into the picture?

625.6.2010 0:33

Yes, people still use VLC...it is not the most luxurious player...not beautiful shades of blues in menu screens, but it works great, and it plays almost anything, regardless of codec...it even plays files that are so damaged that other players just lock up.

Shoutcast signed a deal with the devil...er a...AOL I mean. They get paid by AOL to distribute malware for them with their product...and now AOL wants any product with shoutcast support to include that same malware. I am very glad that VLC stood their ground.

725.6.2010 8:03

Originally posted by biglo30:
I have it installed on my pc and use it once and a while but I just download klite pack and use the regular windows media player to play on my files.
Noob.

825.6.2010 23:17

LOL...other than a few bug fixes, they don't seem to have done anything to make it "Ready for HD"...not that it ever had any issues with HD.

926.6.2010 10:51
oappi
Inactive

vlc is the best player for lazy ppl like me. I don't want to search some codecs to windows mediaplayer only to find out that that codec pack i found wont work with codec pack i already installed. Fck that i just download vlc and EVERY file i through at it works. Like killerbug said it isn't doesn't have best design on default but no matter skins are here -> http://www.videolan.org/vlc/skins.php to rescue you. Also unicasting/multicasting videos is also kinda neat feature.

1026.6.2010 11:24

I use Media Player Classic for video playback as it allows me to use codecs and tweak them like for upscaling and sharpness. I use VLC mainly for audio.

1126.6.2010 13:11

Originally posted by KillerBug:
LOL...other than a few bug fixes, they don't seem to have done anything to make it "Ready for HD"...not that it ever had any issues with HD.
"GPU decoding on Windows Vista and 7, using DxVA2 for H.264, VC-1 and MPEG-2
GPU decoding on GNU/Linux, using VAAPI for H.264, VC-1 and MPEG-2
DSP decoding using OpenMax IL, for compatible embedded devices
Improved support for MKV HD, including seeking fixes, and 7.1 channels codecs
Support for new codecs, like Blu-Ray subtitles, MPEG-4 lossless and VP8
NB: so far, on Windows for GPU decoding, VideoLAN is recommending nVidia® GPU, until ATI® drivers are working with VLC architecture, and until the VLC developers get access to some Intel® hardware supporting GPU decoding."


Not that I had any major issues before either killer, but it runs VERY smooth now.

1227.6.2010 7:22

I do not already...

1327.6.2010 7:48

KMPlayer for me, but VLC is there for streaming.

1427.6.2010 13:11

Originally posted by tobi2yul:
Originally posted by biglo30:
I have it installed on my pc and use it once and a while but I just download klite pack and use the regular windows media player to play on my files.
Noob.
That's uncalled for, calling someone a noob. I too use k-lite however i /don't/won't use regular Windows media player, just VLC, Windows media player classic and that's about it.

A couple of my VLC installs aren't checking for updates properly so i'll go download 1.1 manually thanks to seeing this article.
I still use VLC 0.86h on my linux machines, i've found VLC to always be pretty reliable going back a fair few versions.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 27 Jun 2010 @ 13:12



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1528.6.2010 4:50
snakeman7
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pfffffff...KMPlayer and Winamp cover all bases for me...all else is inferior

and whats with the cone!?

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 28 Jun 2010 @ 4:52

161.7.2010 23:35

i used winamp for years but dumped it recently for foobar which plays more without fuss.

173.7.2010 1:55

I tried KM several months ago because a friend kept raving about it. I uninstalled it and went back to VLC. Now with Windows 7 I'm split 50-50 between Windows Media Player and VLC. For music I'm also 50-50 between iTunes (yeah I know...) and Foobar, which has become my encoding tool too.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 03 Jul 2010 @ 1:56

1811.7.2010 7:37

Never had a problem with VLC playing HD files per se' but I've never been able to play a bluRay .iso with it~ even if it's been pre-cracked by AnyDVD, backuped onto HDD and mounted via Virtual CloneDrive. So I use Cyberlink or TMT for that.

I have enormous trouble with the audio playback of anything apart from stereo (I can get surround out via ProLogicII)~ maybe because I use SPDIF out. I suppose I should research/ask a few questions at their forum.

It's disappointing that only nVidia hardware is supported, why is that? I just moved camp here to ATi.

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