VLC media player is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols. VLC Player is Simple, Powerful and Fast. Plays everything, Files, Discs, Devices and Streams. VLC also is Media Converter and Streamer, plays most codecs with no codec packs needed. VLC is a highly portable multi-platform multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, Ogg, OGM, MOV, wma, wmv…) The VLC media player project targets multimedia streaming of MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and DivX files, DVDs, digital satellite channels, digital terrestial television channels and live videos on a high-bandwidth IPv4 or IPv6 network in unicast or multicast under many OSes.

VLC also features a cross-platform player, which can be used to read the stream from the network or display video read locally on the computer under all GNU/Linux flavours, all BSD flavours, Windows, Mac OS X, BeOS, Solaris, QNX, Familiar Linux…

VLC media player Features:
• Rewrite of the playlist (tree structure, input preparsing …)
• Preferences improvements
• XML parsers
• Client-side SSL/TLS support
• Massive Matroska improvements
• Support for SOCKS proxy
• Support for Shoutcast Meta-data
• Support for (HE-)AAC raw-audio streams
• TiVo demuxer
• Samba (Windows shares) access module
• Dirac decoder and encoder
• PNG decoder/encoder
• Support for Apple Lossless Audio Codec
• Services discovery modules (brand new SAP module, HAL discovery, DAAP (iTunes shares), shoutcast)
• Support for 20/24 bits LPCM
• Video snapshot support (png or jpg)
• Image file video output (png)
• Mosaic (picture-in-picture system)
• Pocket PC port
• Brand new Internet Explorer ActiveX plugin

Important changes:
* The licenses of more modules have changed from GPLv2+ to LGPLv2.1+,notably most of the streaming output, muxers and access output modules

Core:
* Support automatic rotation using streams metadata, GPU-accelerated when possible
* Add extensions manager and downloading from external repositories
* Rework the metadata fetching algorithm and policies
* Partial fix of playback of short audio samples

Access:
* Added TLS support for ftp access and sout access
New schemes for implicit (ftps) and explicit (ftpes) modes
* MMS audio selection on split audio streams
* Blu-Ray: support overlays, preferred menu languages, region selection and BD-J navigation
* Digital Cinema Package support, including encrypted DCP with KDM
* Partial fixes for Arccos protected DVDs
* Fix CDDB lookups, including pregap data

Decoder:
* Support VDPAU acceleration for GPU-zerocopy decoding
* Support MediaCodec acceleration for GPU-zerocopy decoding
* Add Media Foundation Transform audio and video decoder
* Add video decoder module based on GStreamer plugins
* Add MMAL decoder for Broadcom VideoCore chips (like the RaspberryPi) supporting MPEG-2 and H.264, supporting GPU-zerocopy display
* Partial support for Voxware MetaSound
* libvpx decoder for VP8 and VP9
* Support MSN Audio, Atrac3+, VP7, Bink, TAK, On2 AVC, DK3, DK4, IMC, Vivo g723.1, Smacker, FIC, Auravision, Canopus Lossless, and numerous videogame codecs
* Teletext subtitles display improvements
* Mediacodec speed improvements on x86
* Support setting the post processing level in Theora
* OpenMax IL improvements, notably for RaspberryPi
* Fix channel ordering of LPCM codec in m2ts files
* New jpeg image decoder
* Add tx3g subtitles decoder
* New SVG image decoder
* Fix Speex decoding over RTP and in flv
* Support more x264 and FFv1 RGB modes
* Improvements on ZVBI teletext decoder, notably for speed and alignments

Encoder:
* Support for MPEG-2 encoding using x262
* Support for HEVC/H.265 encoding using x265
* Support for Opus encoding using libopus
* New jpeg image encoder using libjpeg
* New png image encoder using libpng

Demuxer:
* Support for Core Audio Format (CAF) files
* Important rework of the Ogg demuxer, notably improving seeking,streaming resilience, speex demuxing and chained Ogg
* Important rework of the ASF/WMV demuxer, notably for seeking,synchronization and tracks exclusion
* AVI improvements for better seek-indexing in non-fastseekable situations
* AVI fixes for uncompressed, indexed and paletized bitmaps
* MP4 fixes for fragmented files, vobsub, duration, aspect-ratio and support for rotation, covr atom and tracks exclusion
* Support Opus in MKV
* Support VP8 in OGG
* Basic support for WebVTT
* Handle support for ISO/IEC 14496-3 (AAC) Audio stream type in TS
* Support HDPR TS files
* Support microseconds in SubRip subtitles
* FLAC packets validation using CRC
* Improvements in metadata support in Ogg/Opus/Vorbis files
* Fix encoding issues and relative paths in some XML playlist formats
* Support THP Wii/Gamecube, RenderWare and Escape Replay game video files
* New HEVC raw packetizer and demuxer
* TS support for WiDi/Miracast LPCM
* Handle MOV/MP4 tx3g styled subtitles through codec
* Support SVG images files (on glib platforms)
* Keep selection of tracks on segment changes in MKV
* Support detection of SRT languages based on filename
* Support for seeking Standard MIDI Files

Video Output:
* Direct rendering and filtering for VDPAU hardware acceleration
* New CoreAnimation OpenGL video output module for NPAPI plugins
* New OpenGL ES 2.0 through EGL video output module for Android
* New Android native window provider module
* Direct rendering for MediaCodec Android hardware acceleration
* Support for loading HLSL shaders in Direct3D video output
* Add MMAL based video output for RaspberryPi

Video Filter:
* New Oldmovie effect filter
* New VHS effect filter
* New Freeze effect filter
* Support I422 and J422 in transform
* NEON optimizations for deinterleaving chroma, notably NV12->I420
* Fix audiobargraph activation and usage

Audio Output:
* Allow setting volume while not connected with PulseAudio
* Audio device notifications for WASAPI
* Fix replay of sound buffer in DirectSound
* Split of MMDevice and WinRT audio modules
* Numerous fixes on AUHAL, including device management and stream changes
* Fixes for SPDIF passthru in most modules

Muxers:
* Important rework of the Ogg muxer, notably for skeleton
* Fixes for the AVI muxer to respect the specification
* Support VP8 in OGG
* Add HEVC muxing in MP4 and TS

Streaming:

* Important rework of the transcoding module to fix numerous bugs
* WebM streaming, including live sources, compatible with all major browsers vlc vlc://quit --sout #transcode{vcodec=VP80,vb=1000,acodec=vorb,ab=128}:std{access=http{mime=video/webm},mux=webm,dst=:4212}'
* GSM, VP8, Opus and JPEG RTP packetization
* HLS: Allow setting the first segment number and numerous improvements
* new stats module to output block timing values and md5 sums
* transcode module access fps values as rationals now, eg 30000/1001
* VLC now streams all elementary streams, you can revert to previous behaviour with --no-sout-all
* --ts-out option has been removed, it has been superceded by --demux demuxdump --demuxdump-access udp --demuxdump-file 127.0.0.1:1234
* Support Metacube protocol when streaming over HTTP

libVLC:
* add equalizer API libvlc_audio_equalizer_* functions
* add libvlc_media_player_program_scrambled function

Visualizations:
* Add a 3D OpenGL spectrum visualization.
* Allow setting the FFT windowing style for 3D and normal spectrum

Interfaces:
* Add support for subtitles drag 'n drop in skins2
* Add record button in Qt menus
* New module for core dialogs on iOS
* New layout for Qt buttons customization
* Support to continue media playback where it was left off for Qt and OS X

Mac OS X Interface:

* Support for OS X Yosemite
* Avoid grey bars in fullscreen when using Mavericks with multiple monitors
* Improve fullscreen behavior for the native and VLCs own mode
* Fixes for advanced preferences
* Added 'file size' column to playlist table
* in addition to iTunes, Spotify is automatically paused on playback start
* Option to increase playlist font size
* Improved crash log reporting

Misc:
* New module for TLS on OS X and iOS
* Windows installer will kill running instance before installing
* Teletext navigation buttons support in Qt4 gui
* Update and improve Koreus, Dailymotion, Soundcloud and Youtube scripts

Security:
* Numerous integer and heap overflow in Ogg, AVI, ASF, TTA and MP4 demuxers

Removed modules:

* iOS video output: use ios2
* OpenMash H.261 video decoder
* dirac encoder: use schroedinger

Translations:

* New translation in Urdu, Tatar, Silesian, Samoan, Kapampangan, N'ko,Kurdish, Kabyle, Mexican Spanish, Catalan, Amharic
* Update of all translations:
Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Vietnamese, Uzbek, Ukrainian,Turkish, Thai, Swedish, Serbian, Albanian, Slovenian, Slovak, Russian,Romanian, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, Punjabi, Dutch, Nepali, Norwegian, Bokmål, Malay, Marathi, Latvian, Lithuanian, Korean, Kannada, Khmer,Japanese, Italian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Hebrew, Galician, Scottish,Gaelic, French, Finnish, Persian, Estonian, Spanish, Modern Greek, German,Danish, Welsh, Czech, Bosnian, Bengali, Asturian






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