After several years of development and nearly after a month of launching 0.99 version, the makers of VideoLAN have decided to launch first Release candidate Code named as “Goldeneye” for VLC media player (Previously called as VideoLAN Client) 1.0.0 for Linux and Windows systems.
VLC is a free open source cross-platform multimedia player , However saying that VLC is just a media player, is like saying a Swiss Army knife is just a knife. VLC can do much more than playback media, it can also convert audio and video files to different formats (transcoding), send live audio or video over the net (streaming), and much more.
The release candidate includes some New Features:
- Instantaneous pausing
- Frame-by-frame playback
- On-the-fly recording for all medias
- Finer speed control during playback
- Global Hotkeys on Windows and Linux
New decoders in the release include the AES3, Dolby Digital Plus, True HD/MLP and Blue-ray Linear PCM decoders. Improvements have also been made to playback of RealMedia files and to the TS de-multiplexer for M2TS files from Blu-ray and AVCHD, in addition to fixes to 5.1 and 7.1 channel decoding and ordering. A new raw audio de-multiplexer supporting raw PCM streams and a dirac de-multiplexer for raw dirac streams have also been added. Support for the Media Keys on modern brushed aluminium Apple keyboards is now included, however, Mac OS X 10.4.x support has been dropped due to its “technical limitations.”
Note:The release candidate is intended for testing purposes and not for use on critical production machines.