Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

VLC v3.0 brings support for Google Chromecast and more

VLC v3.0 brings support for Google Chromecast and more

Having said that, the developers had to work rigorously to add this new feature and VLC Android developer Geoffrey Métais has further explained that the hard part about Chromecast support was converting local media files to play nice with Google's preferred format. You can download VLC from the Play Store (at the below widget), the Amazon App Store, or VideoLAN's website.

It's not often that one of the most beloved software projects on the planet gets a major update, but this weekend, VideoLAN's VLC was treated to the release of 3.0. Version 3.0 is also the first VLC version to sync development between its desktop and mobile ports.

We're looking at HDR10 support, and hardware-accelerated 4K/8K video on everything from smartphones, to PCs.

VLC 3.0 brings Chromecast support and can stream audio and video formats to Chromecast devices. Things are much easier now as you should be able to easily cast movies, television series and music videos directly from your phone to the TV using Chromecast support. Another major addition is hardware acceleration support on all platforms.

VLC for Android will now also scan for Playlist files on your device.

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The VLC team has also expounded why Chromecast support has taken so long -it's because they don't use Google Play Services, instead choosing to build their own Chromecast stack support. Further Chromecast support will only work on Android and Chromebooks for now. On Android Auto, VLC can be controlled by a simple UI or even by voice.

Some other changes in VLC 3.0 include better support for Chrome OS and Samsung DeX, fast seeking, and various bug fixes for Android Oreo.

There are many other new features as well, such as network browsing for remote file systems, HDMI passthrough for HD audio codes like E-AC3, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD, 360 video and 3D Ambisonic audio support, and a lot more than you can chew on.

Improves performance and battery life on iOS.

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