VLC 2.0 Released For Mac, Get Downloading!


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The two color schemes and revamped interface in VLC 2.0

The VideoLAN organization has released VLC 2.0 “Twoflower” with a completely revamped interface, hundreds of bug fixes, performance enhancements, experimental BluRay support, and more. We told you that version 2.0 had hit the final design stage last week, and it’s finally ready to download!

With faster decoding on multi-core, GPU, and mobile hardware and the ability to open more formats, notably professional, HD and 10bits codecs, 2.0 is a major upgrade for VLC.

Twoflower has a new rendering pipeline for video, with higher quality subtitles, and new video filters to enhance your videos.

It supports many new devices and BluRay Discs (experimental).

Completely reworked Mac and Web interfaces and improvements in the other interfaces make VLC easier than ever to use.

Twoflower fixes several hundreds of bugs, in more than 7000 commits from 160 volunteers.

Basically everything has been rewritten from the ground up. There are video outputs available for Windows 7, Android, and iOS. This huge update also includes added image support, multi-threaded decoding for more formats, extensions support, better integration with OS X Lion, new professional features, and more development tools. Users can choose from two color themes: Lion grey and QTX black.

Head over to the VideoLAN website to download the open source VLC 2.0 video player for free.

  • Brandon Dillon

    I love VLC. It has handled every odd-ball format that I’ve thrown at it. The only thing that I don’t particularly like is the volume control. I understand its purpose, but still.

  • baby_Twitty

    THANKS for the heads up!

  • prof_peabody

    do. not. like. 

    The new UI only makes sense if it’s going to replace all other viewers in your system.  I want the old standalone player back.  I don’t use VLC for my photos or anything that Quicktime can play, I don’t use favourite lists, I don’t want to track everything I’ve ever played in some kind of list.  

    Quicktime, with the proper codecs installed (Perian), will play almost every file format out there (including every kind of Mpeg ever made and every kind of AVI file).  For the once or twice a year I get a file that it won’t play, I use VLC.  

    I’m not going to switch from Quicktime and let VLC take over my entire system just because they put a slightly less ugly interface on the thing.  

  • welladriansays

    there is a tool to select and lock the volume wherever you want it to open

  • Meella

    Great update! Im so excited about the faster decoding, can open more file formats including HD and experimental Blu-ray support? 
    But downloaded it, and found it is still sluggish in opening and skimming through mkv files. Actually most players seem to be sort of like this for whatever reason.. seems I still can’t abandon the iFunia media converter and need it for my videos conversion. 

  • Boogster

    How does one use it to play Blu-Ray?