Most of the time when watching video on a computer users do not usually rely on the packaged media players of whatever operating systems they are using. Instead they would go for other applications that might be free and open-source, and downloadable from the internet. One popular go-to application of that sort is the VLC Media Player developed by VideoLAN which has been on the scene for close to 18 years now, ever since its initial version debuted on February 2001. Such is the influence of VLC that major companies now actually trust it with playing their exclusive video formats.
The Verge reports that VLC Media Player is on the brink of a download milestone and scored yet another major video format from an internet giant. These facts were made known at the panel presentation by the VideoLAN team on the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas happening for most of the week. VLC lead designer Jane-Baptiste Kempf revealed that the open-source media application is close to reaching the 3-billion user download mark, a testament to the proven reliability of VLC for video playback in close to a full score of its release life.
Next on the agenda was the announcement that VideoLAN will soon be updating VLC with support for AirPlay, Apple’s proprietary protocol stack/suite for wireless streaming of audiovisual media between devices. Pretty soon people can use VLC on their computers or smartphones to wirelessly transmit videos from their devices (iOS or Android) to be shown on an Apple TV digital media player. VideoLAN has not specified a release date for the AirPlay support on their primary VLC Media Player app, though they estimate that things may be ready in a month. VideoLAN is currently at work towards finishing development of the next major VLC version, 4.
Previous updates to the VLC Media Player have made it a godsend to many who watch their media files and videos on computer. Back in February 2018, on what had been the app’s 17th anniversary they added some goodies such as various high-end format supports: 8K playback, HDR10 and the ability to Chromecast videos even when they are not natively supported by Google’s digital media player line. Other optimizations of note from the past include image compensation for the iPhone X notch, plus the ability to work with Blu-Ray Java menus and HD-DVD .evo files.
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