VLC update adds Chromecast and HDR support


You can grab the new VLC 3.0 right here.

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

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. It's now available on almost all major platforms. 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.

So, with VLC 3.0, support for VLC is now available on DeX, Chromebooks and Android auto, as well as on your Android device.

Chromecast support is available via the Playback menu.

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Our smartphones are quickly becoming the center of our media experience.

VideoLAN has launched VLC 3.0 across Windows, Mac, Linux, ChromeOS, iOS and Android, as well as Android TV and Apple TV. On OS X and iOS devices, the program uses a new hardware decoded based on Video Toolbox. Direct3D 11 output also works on Windows RT, Windows Phone, and Windows 10 Mobile.

It's no wonder VLC 3.0 is an update geared towards the feature and created to offer the best value for their longtime users. However, VLC does not support Blu-Ray decryption.

Other major added features include 3D audio support, audio passthrough for HD audio codecs, and support for browsing NAS drives. VLC for Android is completely free, has no ads and no in-app-purchases. Also, on Android, VLC now features improved permission access management and allows media deletion on internal storage in Oreo builds as well as external devices such as SD cards.

There's also improvements to Fast Seek when scrubbing through Videos and fixes for subtitles not loading.