updated 12:45 pm EDT, Tue July 7, 2009
VLC 1.0.0 for Mac, Windows
After years of alpha and beta development, VideoLAN has finally released v1.0.0 of VLC, its cross-platform media player software. Aside from platform independence the player is notable for supporting a variety of unusual codecs, such as OGG, FLAC and MKV. Users also gain access to third-party AirTunes streaming, more precise playback control, and functions like live stream recording.
Among other new features in v1.0.0 is support for a collection of HD codecs, including AES3, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD and Blu-ray Linear PCM. Beyond HD, newly-supported formats include M2TS and Raw Dirac; matching the latter is a new Dirac encoder. An MP3 fixed-point encoder has been introduced as well. The Mac software requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later, while the PC version requires at least Windows 2000 or XP. Versions are also available for less common operating systems, namely variants of Linux and BSD. All copies are free.