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Video Lan Client (VLC), the most versatile of media players, has got a major new update on all platforms, including mobile. VLC 2.1 “Rincewind” comes a year after v2.0 was released, 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.