Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

VLC 3.0 for Android adds Chromecast support

VLC 3.0 for Android adds Chromecast support

The team at VideoLan who make the wonderful open source VLC media player have been busy. It now supports hardware acceleration on all platforms, HD audio passthrough, and is now able to play up to 8K quality video.

A new 3.0 update for VLC, nicknamed "Vetinari", has now been released, adding a ton of new features and improvements to the already extremely capable piece of software.

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Last month, possibly the most-anticipated feature for VLC finally made it into the Android version - support for Chromecast.

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. You can turn any Android device into ... VLC for Android will now also scan for Playlist files on your device. On OS X and iOS devices, the program uses a new hardware decoded based on Video Toolbox. The update is also rolling out to the UWP app (which also supports Windows 10 Mobile and the Xbox One) but we're not seeing the update yet on the Microsoft Store as of this writing. It will also support 360-degree video, 3D audio and will also introduce HDR support. Further Chromecast support will only work on Android and Chromebooks for now. There were other challenges as well, like the above-mentioned media encoding feature. On Android Auto, VLC can be controlled by a simple UI or even by voice. Its not just bug fixes in this release, there's actually some performance optimisation on offer here, so if you're on an older machine, then playback may be smoother now with this update.

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