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VLC Media Player 2.1.0

By VideoLAN.org  (Open Source)
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# Important changes:
- The licenses of numerous modules have changed from GPLv2+ to LGPLv2.1+
- Discontinued support for PowerPC-based Macs; VLC now requires Mac OS X 10.6+ Moreover, the official builds will be 64bit only
- The --with-tuning and --without-tuning options are removed; to tune compilation for a specific processor type, set CFLAGS manually
# 3rd party libraries (contrib):
- /extras/contrib has been replaced by a cleaner build system in /contrib
# Core:
- Audio core rewrite, supporting higher samplerates, better volume management, better device selection, new channel layouts and new output capabilities
- Fix support for .001, .00x split files on Windows
- Full support for UNICODE Windows mode
- Disable and mark obsolete --language selection
- Port to Android
- Port to iOS
- Partial support for Windows Store App / WinRT
- Add an audio fingerprinter, using AcoustID!
- Remove SQL support
# Decoders:
- Support for CDXL, Ut Video, VBLE, Dxtory codecs via libavcodec
- Numerous improvements on the OpenMAX IL codec module
- Support for Ulead DV audio
- Support for TechSmith Screen Codec 2, Microsoft Expression Encoder Screen,Microsoft Application Screen Decoder 1 (MSS1) and 2 (MSS2)
- Support for Indeo Audio Coder, RealAudio Lossless
- Add Hardware Acceleration support on OS X for H.264 based upon VDADecoder
- Add Hardware Acceleration support on Android Jelly Bean using MediaCodec
- Add Hardware Acceleration support on Linux using VDPAU
- Support for SCTE-27 subtitles
- Split G.711 decoder from Araw decoder
- X Window system raster image dump pseudo-decoder
- Support for Webinar GoToMeeting 4 (G2M4)
# Encoders:
- high10, high422 and high444 encoding support in h264
- QuickSyncVideo Encoding (Intel Media SDK) support using Intel GPU on Windows
- New AAC encoder using the fdk-aac library (non-free)
# Access:
- Screen: add support for OS X Lion and later,remove support for previous OS X releases
- Major improvements in DASH support
- Improvements in Blu-Ray module, notably for multiple video tracks support
- Important improvements and rewrite of the v4l2 access module
- HTTP: support for Internationalized Domain Names
- Microsoft Smooth Streaming support (H264 and VC1) developed by Viotech.net
- NTSC EIA-608 closed caption input support via V4L2 VBI devices
- Add support for VNC/rfb in view only mode
- Add support for Remote Desktop/RDP in view only mode
- Timecode: generate a clock/timecode as a subtitle track vlc video.mkv --input-slave timecode:// --timecode-fps 30/1001
- New video capture module for OS X based on AVFoundation, named AVcapture
- New shared memory framebuffer access module, named shm
# Demuxers:
- MP4: partial support for fragmented MP4
- Vorbis: better support for metadata and cover art
- AVI: better support for tags and extended metadata
- Support for FLAC, Atrac and some ADPCM in AVI
- Support for DV data type 1 in AVI and 12 bits DV Audio
- Support for total number of tracks in major container
- Support for Cook and Atrac in MKV
- AVI: support for files produced by Nikon cameras
- Support for more MJPEG streams
- Add support for liveleak streams
- Add support for Wave/RF64 files
- Prevent numerous uncaught exceptions in MKV
- Add protection against several potential heap buffer overflow in libebml
# Audio output:
- Windows Audio Session API audio output support
- OpenBSD sndio audio output support
- Important improvements on the Android OpenSL ES audio output
- Android AudioTrack audio output support
- OS X Auhal output support for 6.1, 7.1, 8.0 and 8.1 playback and layouts
- Rewrite of OSS module to support OSSv4
- OS X Auhal output support for multi-buffer output devices this fix was facilitated through a hardware lending by TEAC Europe GmbH distributing such devices under the brand "TASCAM" (US-122, US-144, etc.).
- Rewrite of the AudioQueue output for iOS (and OS X)
- New, simplified AudioUnit output for iOS
# Audio Filters:
- New remapping channel filter
- New filter to enhance stereo effect by mono suppression and delay effect
- New VSXu visualization plugin
- ARM NEON acceleration of volume filter
- Rewrite of the simple downmixer filter
- New gain audio filter
# Video Outputs:
- New output for Decklink Blackmagic cards
- New output using OpenMAX IL hardware acceleration API
- OpenGL: use glsl instead of ARB to do the YUV->RGB conversions
- OpenGLES: add support for color conversation shaders on Android and iOS
- Fix and enable the OpenGL ES1 and ES2 outputs
- Support for subpictures in the OpenGL ES2 output
- Fix the power management issue on Windows for standby management
- New output module for iOS using OpenGL ES2
- Fix performance issue on Macs with multiple graphics cards
# Video Filters:
- New anaglyph video filter which transforms side by side 3D video streams in anaglyph glasses (aka red/blue) compatible images
- Support in deinterlacing filter for most 4:2:0, 4:2:2, 4:4:4 YUV formats and for bits depth higher than 8bits (like 10bits)
- Improvements on the transform filter, to support 10bits and RGB formats
- Revival of the openCV and openCV example filters
- ARM NEON acceleration of chroma filters
# Stream Output:
- Extended support for recording, notably for MKV and AVI
- Options support for AVIO output module
- Livehttp places more accurate segments durations in playlist
- Livehttp allows setting cachin-variable in playlist
- Livehttp stream encryption support
- Livehttp supports changing encryption key and uri on segment change with key-loadfile option
- Added chromaprint based audio fingerprinting
# Fingerprinters:
- Add AcoustID/Musicbrainz based fingerprinter
# Interfaces:
- configurable password for the HTTP server
- .hosts removed from the HTTP server
- fix Lua command line interface console mode under Windows
- Better support for MCE remotes on Windows
- Hotkey support for TS program selection
- Rewrite of D-Bus inhibit interface
- Improvements on motion sensing interface, fix orientation, move out rotate mode into the rotate video filter
# Services discovery:
- UPnP A/V subtitles
- Support for multiple UPnP resources on a single item
# OS X Interface:
- Add support for multiple video outputs
- Add accessibility support to playback windows, open panel and fullscreen controller
- Add a GUI to manage podcasts
- Add a new panel for media conversation and streaming
- Add a GUI for the QTSound access input to process audio captured locally
- This also allows to capture input from a webcam and a mic at the same time
- Add a GUI to capture QTSound data along with the current screen content
- Add an option to let the Apple Remote control the system volume instead of VLC's internal volume level
- Add a new Subtitles menu to change Subtitles and their properties during playback
- Add the ability to create custom equalizer presets based upon the current selection and to manage the list of presets
- Add custom profiles for video and audio effects, which let the user keep multiple configuration sets of all the individual filters
- Support for pausing iTunes during media playback with VLC
- Add support for video filters to clone the video output or split it in parts
- Add A->B loop feature known from the Qt interface
- Add an option to disable skipping to next/previous file with the Apple Remote
- Add an option to show next / previous buttons
- Add an option to hide the shuffle and repeat buttons
- Add an option to hide the audio effects button (default enabled)
- Add optional playlist columns for track number, genre, album, description, date and language
- Add options to the Advanced Open File dialog for start and stop time
- Add an option to play videos as a desktop background
- Add support for playing video and showing audio visualizations side by side
- improve fullscreen controller time slider with larger click target
- rewrite of minimal macosx module for use within VLCKit
- Add support for 'macosx-autoplay' to the Apple Event / Apple Script bindings when adding new inputs - this also affects network streams opened through 3rd party applications
- Add a UI to the preferences dialog to configure the default application handler for ftp, mms, rtmp, rtp, rtsp, sftp, smb and udp streams (system-wide settings)
- Add support for the Video Title option
- Add support for the Boss Key
- The Streaming/Transcoding wizard and the open dialog's output panel are deprecated now and will be removed in a future release
# Qt:
- Partial support for Qt5.0
- Menus modifications and improvements
- Playlist improvements and fixes, including PictureFlow view
- Streaming output wizard rewrite
- Add bitrate graph in information panels
- Filters panels improvements, notably Equalizer and Compressor
- EPG display fixes and improvements
- Add SD pixmap sources
- Preferences hotkeys management fixes
- Display playlist total duration
- Support for a Maximum volume in the UI
- Add audio track fingerprinting from media info
- New profiles format and dialog to handle filters and quality
- Numerous fixes
# Skins2:
- Port to OS/2
- Extend sliders, offsets options
- New bitmaps caching mechanism
- Numerous fixes and improvements
- Skinning of the Fullscreen controller
# libVLC:
- new libvlc_audio_output_device_list_get and libvlc_audio_output_device_list_release functions to replace the deprecated libvlc_audio_output_device_count, libvlc_audio_output_device_longname and libvlc_audio_output_device_id
- libvlc_audio_output_get_device_type and libvlc_audio_output_set_device_type are now deprecated
- new libvlc_media_tracks_get and libvlc_media_tracks_release methods to get more info about the media tracks. libvlc_media_get_tracks_info is now deprecated.
- new fingerprinter_Create and fingerprinter_Destroy for fingerprinter support
- new libvlc_log_set, libvlc_log_set_file, libvlc_log_unset, libvlc_log_get_context and libvlc_log_get_object for a better logger mechanism
- new libvlc_set_app_id to complement libvlc_set_user_agent to set the icons
# Removed modules:
- portaudio audio output: use the native audio output instead
- X11 On Screen Display notifications (xosd)
- Linux Framebuffer On Screen Display interface (fbosd)
- PVR: IVTV analog TV encoder - use V4L instead
- RTMP access: use libavformat avio instead
- RTMP access_output: use libavformat avio instead
- Hildon GUI
- MSN messenger "now playing" (broken and unmaintained since VLC 1.0.0)
- Telepathy framework "now playing" (broken and unmaintained since VLC 1.0.0)
- Nokia/Maemo MCE screen unblanking plugin
- Broken crop video filter
- Switcher module
- OSD parser and menu
- Xscreensaver: use xdg-screensaver
- Removed DLL loader for non-Windows Operating Systems
- SQL Media Library (broken and unmaintained)
- SQL Lite (only used as SQL Media library backend)
- htcpcp :)
# Translations:
- Update of all translations