VLC 2.0 aka Twoflower has finally been released and is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. This new VLC release comes with faster decoding on multi-core systems, GPU, and mobile hardware, with the ability to support more file formats than its previous version. One of the major new formats include professional HD and 10bits codecs. Unlike some previous versions, VLC 2.0 is a major VLC upgrade. Let’s take a look at some of the new features and installation instructions for TwoFlower aka VLC 2.0.
Major New Features
Some of the major new features and enhancements VLC 2.0 For Mac OS X, Linux And Windows include the following:
- Broadcom Crystal HD hardware decoding
- New filters for videos and audio
- BluRay support (currently experimental)
- Improvements for MKV demuxer
- VLC 2.0 has new video outputs for Windows 7, Android, iOS and OS/2.
- VLC now has some new de-banding, grain, de-noising and anti-flickering filter.
- Speaking of filters, VLC 2.0 also comes with a new deinterlacing filter, including an Inverse Telecine algorithm.
- Another new feature includes a new re-samplers for higher audio quality.
- It also has new dynamic range compressor and karaoke filters.
- The audio core has been simplified for faster processing.
- Interface changes
There are also some platform specific changes for VLC 2.0 that are listed below each platform section below, including VLC 2.0 For Mac OS X, Ubuntu Linux And Windows.
Note: While VLC 2.0 is available for a number of platforms, including mobile platforms, this post is focused on VLC 2.0 For Mac OS X, Ubuntu Linux And Windows.
Mac OS X
You can install VLC 2.0 on Mac OS X by downloading DMG package from the link given at the end of this post. The new features that would be of interest to Mac users in particular include the following:
- A new single window interface for Mac users.
- VLC 2.0 is available in two different colors for Mac users, i.e. Lion grey and QTX black.
- VLC 2.0 has extensions support and better Mac OS X Lion integration.
- Support for QTKit devices via qt-capture and qt-sound modules.
- VLC 2.0 brings support for X 10.5 and PPC users (1080 pixels and ProRes on Dual-G5)
VLC 2.0 works on the following Mac OS X versions 10.6 and later:
- Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
- Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
The open source VLC 2.0 media player can be installed in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin via the Ubuntu Software Center. However, Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot users can install VLC 2.0 from the PPA given below.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:n-muench/vlc sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install vlc
One of the notable Linux specific feature that VLC 2.0 brings is support for SDI and HD-SDI cards for input on Linux.
As always, windows users can download and install VLC 2.0 via the EXE file.
VLC 2.0 works on the following Windows based operating systems:
- Windows XP
- Windows Vista
- Windows 7
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