VLC Media Player 2.1.5

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Date: 23 September 2014
Size: 23.60 MB (32-bit), 23.52 MB (x64)
Price: freeware
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Note: Highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats...
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VLC Media Player 2.1 is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, ...) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.

VLC (VideoLAN) Player is capable of running damaged or unfinished files when all other players fail to run.

With a new audio core, hardware decoding and encoding, port to mobile platforms, preparation for Ultra-HD video and a special care to support more formats, 2.1 is a major upgrade for VLC.
Rincewind has a new rendering pipeline for audio, with better effiency, volume and device management, to improve VLC audio support.
It supports many new devices inputs, formats, metadata and improves most of the current ones, preparing for the next-gen codecs.
Rincewind fixes around a thousand bugs, in more than 7000 commits from 140 volunteers.

Features:
Video
- Port the OpenGL output to OpenGL ES
- Support color conversion shaders in glsl on Android and iOS
- New outputs for OpenMax IL on mobile and Decklink Blackmagic
- New video outputs for iOS using OpenGL ES2
- Support for deinterlacing for higher bit depth and XYZ colorspace
- New anaglyph filter for side-by-side 3D
- 4K-ready :)

Audio
- Rewritten audio core, allowing better volume and device management
- Rewrite of the audio modules, to adapt to the new core
- Correct support for multi-channel layouts in all formats: 5.1, 6.1 and 7.1
- New audio outputs for Windows Vista, Android, iOS, OpenBSD and OSSv4
- New remapping, gain, stereo widening, downmixing effects
- Higher samplerate, precision, live configuration in the core
- Numerous new audio metadata format supported

Formats
- Support for fragmented MP4, Wave/RF64 files
- Extended metadata tags and cover art support in Ogg, AVI, MP4 and MKV
- Support FLAC, Atrac, ADPCM, DV Type 1, 12bits DV audio in AVI
- Extended support for AVI, MKV and MJPEG streams
- Better recording of AVI and MKV format
- Audio fingerprinting using AcoustID

Codecs
- Add hardware decoding for OS X using VDADecoder
- Add hardware decoding for Android using MediaCodec
- Add hardware decoding for GNU/Linux using VDPAU
- Add hardware encoding for Windows using Intel QuickSyncVideo
- Support for G2M4, MSS1, MSS2, TSCC2, CDXL, Ut, VBLE video codecs
- Support for Ulead DV audio, Indeo Audio Coder, RealAudio Lossless audio
- Support for SCTE-27 and complete EIA-608 subtitles

Input and Devices
- Support for screen input on OSX Lion and later
- Support for Microsoft Smooth Streaming, developed by Viotech.net
- New RTMP input module, using libavformat!
- Support for VNC/rfb and Remote Desktop view-only modes
- Important improvements on Blu-Ray, Dash, v4l2 and HTTP inputs
- New AVFoundation OS X and shm framebuffer inputs

For Anime Fans
- New 6.1 downmixer to 5.1 and Stereo from MKV/Flac 6.1
- Correct YUV->RGB color matrix in the OpenGL shaders
- Improved MKV support for seeking, and resiliancy
- Editions support in MKV
- Better subtitles and metadata support from MKV
- Various ASS subtitles improvements

For Mobile
- Port to Android, from 2.1 to 4.3, on ARMv6, ARMv7, x86 and MIPS
- New port to iOS, from iOS 5 to 7, on all iPads and iPhones after 3GS
- Partial port to WinRT, for Windows 8, 8.1 and WP8
- OpenGL ES optimized outputs
- Improvements of OpenMAX IL decoders, encoders and renderers
- New audio, video outputs and interfaces for mobiles

For Developers
- libVLC and most modules are now LGPLv2.1+
- libVLC media framework can now be used in all types of applications
- libVLC SDK packages now exists, in addition to more examples
- Improved libVLC API, for better control
- VLC's web plugins now support windowless mode, for smoother integration with HTML elements

Changelog:

(VLC Media Player version 2.1.0)
Core:
- Fix random and reshuffling behaviour
- Fix recording
- Fix some subtitles track selection

Decoders:
- VP9 support in WebM
- HEVC/H.265 support in MKV, MP4 and raw files
- Fix GPU decoding under Windows (DxVA2) crashes

Demuxers:
- Fix crashes on wav, mlp and mkv and modplug files
- Support Speex in ogg files
- Fix some .mov playlists support
- Support Alac in mkv
- Fix WMV3 and palette in AVI
- Fix FLAC packetizer issues in some files

Access:
- Fix DVB options parsing
- Fix DeckLink HDMI input
- Fix HTTPS connectivity on OS X by loading root certificates from Keychain

Audio output:
- Fixes for DirectSound pass-through
- Fixes for OSS output, notably on BSD

Interfaces:
- Fix HTTP interface infinite loop
- Fix D-Bus volume setting

Qt:
- Reinstore right click subtitle menu to open a subtitle
- Fix saving the hotkeys in preferences
- Fix saving the audio volume on Win32, using DirectSound
- Fix play after drag'n drop
- Fix streaming options edition and scale parameter

Stream out:
- Fix transcoding audio drift issues
- Fix numerous audio encoding issues

Win32 installer:
- Important rewrite to fix numerous bugs, notably about updates
- Simplification of the upgrade mechanism

Mac OS X interface:
- Reintroduce the language selector known from pre-2.1 releases
- Fix fullscreen behaviour and various crashes
- Fix about dialog crash in Japanese
- Fix crashes on proxy lookups
- Fixes on the playlist and information behaviours
- Fixes on the streaming dialogs
- Improves interface resizings

Translations:
- Update of Arabic, Basque, Belarusian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, Galician, Gujarati, Hindi, hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Marathi, Modern Greek, Norwegian Bokmål, Occitan, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Sinhala, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Telugu, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Uzbek