VLC 3.0 released: Chromecast, 8K, HDR, Android PiP, iPhone X optimization

VLC Media Player 3.0 is out with support for HDR, Chromecast playback and more

A new 3.0 update for VLC, nicknamed "Vetinari", has now been released, adding a ton of new features and improvements to the already extremely capable piece of software.

VLC 3.0 is the first concurrent release the player has ever had across all its supported platforms including Android, Chrome OS, Android TV, Linux, macOS, iOS, Apple TV, and Windows. You will now be able to stream content from your Android device to your HDTV over Chromecast.

Right now, VLC's Chromecast support is only available for Windows PCs and Android devices and should be considered a beta in terms of functionality (other platforms will receive Chromecast support in later updates). With VLC, you have media of any format. 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.

This new update features over 1,500 bug fixes, support for HDR, 360-degree video, optimization for the iPhone X, hardware accelerated decoding, and the big one, support for Google's Chromecast. We use them to watch videos, listen to music, view images, and all kinds of other stuff.

VLC 3.0 enables hardware decoding using APIs native to the platform. Direct3D 11 output also works on Windows RT, Windows Phone, and Windows 10 Mobile.

Folks with a Chromecast streaming stick will be pleased as well, as this update adds support for native Chromecast playback, which is ideal because Chromecast doesn't support a lot of video files itself. VLC for Android is completely free, has no ads and no in-app-purchases.

Other major added features include 3D audio support, audio passthrough for HD audio codecs, and support for browsing NAS drives. Then: Open VLC, select Playback Renderer and select your Chromecast device from the list of available options.

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