After almost two-and-a-half years in the making, Videolan has finally released version 2.0 of VLC Player for Windows and Mac. Codenamed “Twoflower”, there have been some major improvements including faster decoding, support for more formats and the ability to play HD and BluRay videos.
VLC media player now supports an even wider ranger of formats including support for 10-bit codes plus multi-threaded decoding for H.264, MPEG-4/Xvid and WebM. There are also fixes for several different bugs with input from over 160 volunteers, according to Videolan.
The Mac version sports a much improved interface compared with to Windows, with a new single window available in Lion grey and QTX black:
The Windows version doesn’t look quite so different:
You can read full details of all the changes here. VLC media player is one of the open source software success stories and looks set to continue being the most downloaded free open source media player for both Windows and Mac.
In the meantime, don’t forget to check out some of our helpful blog posts such as VLC media player v KMPlayer, How to rotate a video with VLC media player, How to sync audio with video in VLC media player and How to use subtitles with VLC media player.