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VLC crosses three billion downloads, is adding AirPlay support and more

By Shawn Knight · 9 replies
Jan 11, 2019 at 11:45 AM
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  1. VLC, the open-source media player from developer VideoLAN, has now been downloaded more than three billion times. Conveniently enough, the milestone was crossed during CES where the developer was demonstrating new features heading to the app.

    Jean-Baptiste Kempf, one of the app’s lead developers, told Variety that roughly a quarter of downloads are now happening on mobile devices.

    Looking ahead, VLC will soon be adding support for AirPlay, making it possible for users to easily share videos from their mobile devices to Apple TVs. Kempf said the feature should arrive in the main VLC app within a month or so.

    VLC has also been working on VR. The development team reverse-engineered several VR headsets in order to natively support VR video in the VLC app (watching a 2D movie in a virtual movie theater). Had the team relied on the SDKs of headset makers, the implementation would have added hundreds of megabytes of code to the app. The solution demoed at CES adds just one megabyte of additional code according to Kempf.

    The developer said VideoLAN is also looking to build out a more complete media library although it doesn’t plan on competing directly with the likes of Kodi or Plex.

    If you don't already have it, you can grab a copy of VLC by clicking here.

    Lead image courtesy dennizn via Shutterstock

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    Last edited: Jan 11, 2019 at 12:17 PM
  2. ckm88

    ckm88 TS Member Posts: 27   +17

    Not sure about the media extension type? Drag it into VLC! Viola!
     
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  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,586   +3,055

    Couldn't really do much with it ......
     
  4. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,581   +691

    I commend VideoLAN for their efforts but it isn't fun watching movies or TV shows in VR as you end up with a low resolution virtual screen. Maybe it is ok if it an old low res 480p video, but not 1080p and certainly not 2160p content. Then you realize it is uncomfortable wearing the headset for so long when you are just sitting there watching a non-interactive video. Things are different when you are playing a game and interacting with the virtual world, you don't tend to notice the discomfort of the headset when gaming.
     
  5. toooooot

    toooooot TS Evangelist Posts: 488   +234

    Where can I buy that glossy plastic VLC cone? It is almost hypnotizing.
     
  6. Jamlad

    Jamlad TS Maniac Posts: 177   +161

    VideoLAN, you are doing God's work. I commend you.

    (Please don't turn evil.)
     
  7. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Evangelist Posts: 729   +267

    Okay then.
     
  8. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,167   +2,606

    I watch a lot ripped content, using only VLC in the last 7 years or so. These days it is mostly 4K MKV, and nothing handles it better than VLC.
     
  9. fadingfool

    fadingfool TS Booster Posts: 87   +88

    Always on the list of programs to install on any of my machines - versatile, compact and fairly stable. Even my Fire HD has it installed.
     
  10. lazer

    lazer TS Booster Posts: 179   +37

    Been using VLC for years, great product, great price (zero) and simply works fine.

    keep up the good work, VLC!
     

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