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  • New version 3.0 of plays-anything-anywhere app VLC

    Posted on February 9th, 2018 at 13:50 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    VLC 3.0 launched today.

    If you’ve read my books or Computerworld top free apps articles, you know that I strongly recommend VLC. It simply runs rings around anything else.

    This new version uses hardware decoding by default, streams to Chromecast (even from video formats that aren’t normally supported), and sports a dozen new features. It’s the first major update in three years.

    You might want to wait a few weeks before installing it — just in case. But it’s a dynamite free utility that you’ll want sooner or later.

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     Schnarph 1 year, 1 month ago.

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    • #166341 Reply

      woody
      Da Boss

      VLC 3.0 launched today. If you’ve read my books or Computerworld top free apps articles, you know that I strongly recommend VLC. It simply runs rings
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    • #166358 Reply

      radosuaf
      AskWoody Lounger

      …and it works on Linux, too! 🙂

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    • #166360 Reply

      PKCano
      Da Boss

      ….and it works on Macs too! 🙂

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      • #166365 Reply

        OscarCP
        AskWoody Plus

        Does it also make possible to play Blu-ray disks with a Mac?

        Other than that, I am not sure of what else one could do that cannot not be done already and well enough with the Mac’s own software. So, I wonder if is there something really interesting (but passive, not for creating new things) that one can do with it, or do it better?

    • #166369 Reply

      PKCano
      Da Boss

      Does it also make possible to play Blu-ray disks with a Mac?

      What makes playing of Blu-ray disks is the hardware player itself, not the software. If your DVD player reads Blu-ray then you should be able to play them on a Mac.

    • #166432 Reply

      anonymous

      I think it’s time to move back to VLC, I’ve used Media Player Classic Home Cinema, but that’s been discontinued, so I’ll use VLC again.

    • #166442 Reply

      bknight721
      AskWoody Lounger

      I use VLC for all video, but I prefer Nightingale (formerly Songbird) for music. With such a large music collection, the way it sorts the library by genre, artist, and album makes it easier for me to find what I’m looking for.

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    • #166444 Reply

      anonymous

      Updated to 3.0.0 without problem. And yes now work my GPU instead CPU when watching video. But it is not noticeable. Maybe back from fullscreen to windowed mode is little slower and for a moment i see my desktop and other launched apps (only for 0,1 sec, just flash).

    • #166486 Reply

      Purg2
      AskWoody Lounger

      Verrrry good media player.  Been using it for over 11 years with much success.  There’s even a portable version which I’ll use when on call at machines that I work on.

      Thanks for mentioning the update.  I’ll wait a little bit & then give it a go.

      Win 8.1 Group B, Linux Dabbler

    • #166502 Reply

      Sportsman
      AskWoody Lounger

      The new build is very slow and heavy on my older W7 laptop w/ 3GB shared memory and no VRAM. VLC 2.2.8 (and even the latest SM Player) uses only ~70 MB of RAM to play a fullscreen video, while 3.0.0 was using about 110 MB for the same video with noticeable lagging of the controls and some breaking up of the video. Even when opening radio streams, the new VLC was much slower for me.

      Windows 10 Home 64-bit

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    • #166511 Reply

      anonymous

      Audio output broke on some video files with 3.0. I’m back to 2.2.8 until the next try.

    • #166517 Reply

      anonymous

      MPV player is most lightweight? just need to learn the commands & also the codes to use in a conf file. Can always ask its subreddit.

    • #166534 Reply

      Bill C.
      AskWoody Plus

      Are previous posters using the X64 or W32 bit version of VlideoLan 3.0?

      I starred using the X64 version a ways back, but have read that X64 is often more ‘experimental’. My experiences have been stable.

      I like VLC because it plays everything I have thrown at it.

      • #166535 Reply

        Kirsty
        Da Boss

        Are previous posters using the X64 or W32 bit version of VideoLan 3.0?

        Not a previous poster, but I have used the x64 version of v.2, and haven’t had any problem with it. I like the control, and that it doesn’t try to connect to the internet on me!

        After recent security issues with v.2, I plan to hold off on upgrading until the bug-bashing has been completed by the early adopters.

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      • #166622 Reply

        anonymous

        I use x64, seems to be fine.  The audio bug with 3.0 seems to happen when the frequency of the audio device doesn’t match the audio stream.  Matching streams play fine.

    • #166637 Reply

      anonymous

      64bit version is recommended – see chagelog.

    • #166661 Reply

      Sportsman
      AskWoody Lounger

      I was using 32-bit archive (7z) version. At Wilder’s yesterday I saw several people reporting audio problems and a pink hue on videos with 3.0.0.

      Windows 10 Home 64-bit

    • #166684 Reply

      Great Lake Bunyip
      AskWoody Plus

      I had trouble with the installation of this on a Windows 10 Home version 1709 64 bit computer.  A critical error appeared in reliability monitor which was later traced to the nVidia container program.  Upgrading GeForce Experience  caused another nVidia container error. So did uninstalling VLC Media Player 3.0. I suggest waiting until version 3.1 appears. My system reports no errors using sfc /scannow and DISM checkhealth. Best wishes.

    • #167791 Reply

      Schnarph
      AskWoody Lounger

      Re: VLC 3.0.0 playing Blu-ray discs:

      No real change over the last few versions, it can play the individual m2ts files from the BDMV/STREAM folder but the menu is off limits. It doesn’t really matter unless you’re a stickler for the menu, playback options are all there in VLC. Odd how there’s free software to copy and even shrink a blu-ray yet no free player to access the menu.

      I tried everything, all lib files added etc., but the end-all VLC error to open a newish blu-ray was the lack of java installation. NOT going there, sorry java.

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