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VLC 2.1 Released With New Audio Core, 4K Support And Android & iOS Ports

Mihir Patkar 02-10-2013

Video Lan Client (VLC), the most versatile of media players The VLC Media Player - Does it Really Play Everything? Read More , has got a major new update on all platforms, including mobile. VLC 2.1 “Rincewind” comes a year after v2.0 was released The Best 6 Free Universal Video Players For Mac There are a lot of video players out there, but which is the best? Here are our Mac favorites. Read More , and brings improvements to the audio output and comes with ports for Android, iOS and Windows RT. As always, the open-source software remains free to download on all operating systems.


It’s got a new rendering pipeline for audio. The audio core of the program has been rewritten, as well as the audio modules, which allows for better volume and device management. There’s also correct support for multi-channel layouts in all formats: 5.1, 6.1 and 7.1. And there are new audio outputs for Windows Vista, Android, iOS, OpenBSD and OSSv4.

Additionally, audio support in video files has been bettered. VLC 2.1 supports FLAC, Atrac, ADPCM, DV Type 1, 12bits DV audio in AVI, and has a new 6.1 downmixer to 5.1 and stereo from MKV/FLAC 6.1, which is something Anime fans will appreciate.


Also on the codec front, it adds support for G2M4, MSS1, MSS2, TSCC2, CDXL, Ut, VBLE video codecs; Ulead DV audio, Indeo Audio Coder, RealAudio Lossless audio codecs; and SCTE-27 and complete EIA-608 subtitles. And yes, it’s also 4K-ready for UltraHD videos.

Apart from support Windows, Mac and Linux, VLC 2.1 has also been ported to Android (v2.1 upwards, on ARMv6, ARMv7, x86 and MIPS), iOS (v5 upwards, on all iPads and iPhones after 3GS) and comes with a partial port to WinRT, for Windows 8, 8.1 and WP8. Only on Android, VLC also supports hardware decoding.


So grab the latest VLC for free from the official site and find out what else is new in it, and don’t forget to check out our top 7 secret features of the free media player 7 Top Secret Features of the Free VLC Media Player VLC should be your media player of choice. The cross-platform tool has a bag full of secret features you can use right now. Read More .

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  1. Justin
    October 8, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    I'm not seeing an official VLC in the Google Play store. Are you sure it's available on Droid?

  2. john matt
    October 2, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    S/PDIF is doesn't work in this version.