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VLC 2.0 hits RC, brings new UI and Blu-ray support for OS X

By Matthew
Feb 15, 2012
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  1. Update: VLC 2.0 final for Windows and Mac OS X is now available for download.

    Read the whole story
     
  2. dedparrot

    dedparrot TS Rookie Posts: 67

    For me vlc has always been a backup for media player classic; seeing if it is able to play the handful of files media player classic isn't.

    I've always liked the simple window interface of vlc, though i quite dislike how it looks in that screenshot. don't think i will be updating vlc until whenever I reformat my pc...2013 probably.

    Weekend open forum question: how often do you reformat your pc?
     
  3. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,305   +52 Staff Member

    I installed it and it looks just like the old one, only more polished and a little less chrome.

    The picture above is for Mac OS and the panel you see on the side is merely a way to browse for files. It's analogous to the "browse" window that pops up when you go to Media > Open File. Windows does not look like that.
     
  4. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,572   +340

    The Windows UI is still bare and simple, but in a bad way. Mac's is better and improved on this version as pointed out in the story, however the RC is still too slow and resource intensive compared to the outgoing 1.x version.
     
  5. mevans336

    mevans336 TS Enthusiast Posts: 163   +11

    I disagree. Bare and simple is what VLC should remain. The new Mac UI is cluttered and clicking on the various links My Music, My Videos, My Pictures ... brings up nothing.

    Why do I need an "Internet" tab? Who are Free Music Charts, Freebox TV, Icecast Radio, Jamendo, and Channels.com?
     
  6. mevans336

    mevans336 TS Enthusiast Posts: 163   +11

    There is also a native 64-bit build for OSX.
     
  7. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,572   +340

    I totally agree it should remain simple, but the Windows interface is terrible.
     
  8. Squuiid

    Squuiid TS Rookie Posts: 21

    Stutters badly during video playback on 2.0 RC1. Clean settings.
    Reverted to vlc-1.1.11-win32 and works fine again.
    This still needs work, hence RC1...

    Lian Li PC-V354B ? Antec HC1200 Pro ? Asus P8P67-M Pro ? Intel i7 2600K @4.60GHz ? G.Skill ECO 16GB RAM 8-8-8-24@1600Mhz ? Noctua NH-U9B cooler ? eVGA GTX590 ? 2x Intel SSD 510 Series 250GB - RAID0 ? Logitech G7 ? Dell 3008WFP ? Logitech HD Pro C910 webcam ? Windows 7 Ultimate x64 ? Schiit Lyr ? Schiit Bifrost ? Audeze LCD-2 headphones
     
  9. Mindwraith

    Mindwraith TS Enthusiast Posts: 186

    well it's exactly the same as the previous version, so I don't see where you're coming from.
     
  10. doradhorror

    doradhorror TS Rookie Posts: 36

    I've tried VLC many times at different versions but every time I keep going back to the Combined Community Codec Pack which uses MPC-HC. VLC occasionallly plays back a section of a non-corrupted (CRC checked) file as a pixelated mess. Also, it still doesn't support all of .*** subtitles which is why most of the anime community disproves of VLC. Only the uninformed use VLC but then when they come around asking why their anime is a mess, the problem is always that they're using VLC. Mplayer2 is also better than VLC as media player not the streaming.

    tl;dr VLC is crap for foreign subtitled media and has the occasional problems with normal videos.
     
  11. you forgot to mention this is their last ppc release and it adds multicore-threading for g5's allowing them to noe play 1080p video easily, it does not however add support for crystalhd hd decorder card for minipci that plugs into g5 towers and imacs and some minis. that would have been huge, so far only xbmc has limited support for the card.
     
     
  12. I think Daum PotPlayer is a real contender these days, and perhaps the winner.
     
  13. VitalyT

    VitalyT TS Evangelist Posts: 1,930   +569

    Had RC1, stuttered badly on playback, had to remove it and put 1.1 back.
     
  14. Nicragomi

    Nicragomi TS Rookie

    So far, my VLC(win) RC1 plays back my HD MLP:FiM episodes without any stutter or lag.
     
  15. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,635   +321

    I'll use it some I'm sure. I think the new look for OS X is a big improvement.

    But its going to be hard to pull me away from MPC-HC on Windows, and MplayerX on OS X (and Plex on my Mini connected to HDTV).
     
  16. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Maniac Posts: 585   +79

    i can't get the freakin volume default value to stick. everytime i fire it up, the volume is always at 0. no matter how i try to set the default value in preference to 100 or more, it still defaults back to 0 the next time i start the app.
     
  17. Mindwraith

    Mindwraith TS Enthusiast Posts: 186

    ok I just realised that this version of VLC can't play videos while minimized, which is really strange and frustrating.
     
  18. For me, I use VideoLAN on every machine, but not just one version, I keep a few older installers on hand, I also install MP 10, not 9 or 11, since 10 looks just right to me (dating back to 2004)
    VideoLAN allows audio to sync to video when they are off, for that, it's priceless in my eyes. For Flash video, use SoThink's free player! I tried MediaPlayer Classic, unimpressed
     
  19. I see Mac PPC but no Linux download ? Can that be right ? I still need to go to the official site but if there really isn't what the hell am I still doing using VLC ? Remnants of the Windows days I suppose...
     
  20. I look forward to trying this new interface when it's available for windows. The windows version looks very dated. I use KM Player as my main player but I use VLC as a backup. I don't like pot players interface.
     
  21. doradhorror

    doradhorror TS Rookie Posts: 36

    You were probably trying the original MPC. The updated version is called Media Player Classic Home Cinema. I suggest downloading the CCCP bundle at cccp-project.org
     


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