VLC 3.0 Expands 4K HDR, 8K, 360-Degree Video Support

The incredible app which is provided for free on major platforms has now received VLC 3.0 with a laundry list of awesome new features including Chromecast support, HDR and many more.

VLC media player has just got a new update and the new version brings in some exciting new features.

Running down the list of abilities, VLC 3.0 is able to stream to Chromecast devices, and that includes formats that aren't natively supported. 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. With VLC, you have media of any format. Video quality while mirroring, from what we have observed, deteriorate. The app is now better suited for modern displays and content, packing in things like High Dynamic Range (HDR) and 8K support, and more. It adds support for HDR, including both 10-bit and 12-bit color and 360-degree video. The feature is still in beta and is expected to improve over time.

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. 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.

Supports Chromecast discovery and streaming (including audio-only), even in formats not supported by Chromecast, such as DVDs. There were other challenges as well, like the above-mentioned media encoding feature. This is apart from the usual bug-fixes and performance improvements. There's added support for browsing NAS and local network drives, playing Blu-ray Java menus, as well as audio passthrough support for HD audio codecs.

  • Joey Payne