By Mothanna Almobarak
Open source media player offers host of new features including HD video support and customisable toolbars
The new VLC version 1 of the open source media player has been released with several enticing new features.
The latest version includes support for High Definition video and other new formats. That is not all, the latest update has more to offer in the shape of finer speed controls, customisable toolbars, streaming for Apple AirTunes, and more. Topping the list of new features is better live recording, instant pausing, support for AES3, Blu-Ray, Dolby Digital Plus, Raw Dirac, and other codecs. Drag and drop an ISO file over VLC and it'll play it, while allowing you to recode on-the-fly.
The video player is just the cherry on top of the cream of the icing on the cake. Few people might utilise its unique capabilities to stream from a server with VLC running at each end. Resizing the window at the playing end, the stream bandwidth adjusts accordingly through clever automatic negotiation. Similarly, if the bandwidth is tight, it shows its smart feature that drops the quality automatically.
Whether your network is merely as small as one ethernet switch, or and as big as the whole Internet VLC streaming could be your free solution.
The free media player supports all operating systems including Windows 7, Mac OS X and Linux, and can be downloaded through this link.