VLC 3.0 Released with HDR, Chromecast Support


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.

Supports 360-degree video and 3D audio, up to thid order Ambisonics, with customizable HRTF.

It's not often that one of the most beloved software projects on the planet gets a major update, but this weekend, VideoLAN's VLC was treated to the release of 3.0.

With 3.0, VLC continues to be supported for an incredible number of platforms.

Supports Bluray with Java menus (BD-J), although decryption needs to be performed outside of VLC.

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. If you have been thinking that the developers are going future proof by introducing 4K, you are kind of wrong because they are pushing the boundaries too higher as the app would now support 8K playback on all major platforms.

VLC 3.0 enables hardware decoding using APIs native to the platform. The app supports HDR tone-mapping, HDR on all supported videos and will also allow you tostream content directly to Google Chromecast devices connected to your HDTV. So VLC has to be an HTTP server like youtube.com and provide the video in a Chromecast compatible format.

Supports Chromecast discovery and streaming (including audio-only), even in formats not supported by Chromecast, such as DVDs.

If you're wondering why Chromecast support took so long, it's because VLC is 100% open source software, unlike Google's Chromecast SDK. The Linux install isn't available on the website, but it is available upon request.