VLC update adds Chromecast and HDR support

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

VLC 3.0 is here with Chromecast, 8K and HDR 10 support — the best just got better

Android devices using the Cast feature will see a dip in battery life if whatever media you're streaming is unsupported by the receiving Cast device due to VLC's real-time transcoding and streaming, so keep an eye on your battery life.

If true, that would mean VLC 3.0 is a long-term support release, which are versions or editions of a software meant to be supported for a long period.

"With VLC, you have media of any format". This open source tool is one of the most feature-packed players out there, and it has just received a huge and long-awaited upgrade with the release of VLC 3.0 ' Vetinari'.

Supported platforms include Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Linux-however, the Linux version is not yet publicly available.

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The new version brings Chromecast and hardware accelerated video decoding support.

Supports hardware decoding on all platforms, for HD and UHD of H.264 & H.265 codecs, allowing 4K and 8K decoding with little CPU consumption. VLC for Android will now also scan for Playlist files on your device. They did this to maintain the 100% open source integrity of VLC - Google's Chromecast stack isn't open source - and it's also why there is no voice actions for VLC (except on Android Auto, but we'll get to that).

Supports Bluray with Java menus (BD-J), although decryption needs to be performed outside of VLC. By just saying 'play [artist/album/song] with VLC' Google Assistant can recognize the album, artist, or song name and play it using VLC. In terms of the improvements, the new VLC version packs faster seek in videos, fixes for delete on Android Oreo devices, performance enhancements and fixed artists/Album classification.

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

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