VLC modern app for Windows 8 is still in the works right now, but VideoLAN has announced the availability of a new version of its popular cross-platform, open source multimedia player.

VLC media player 2.1 “Rincewind” introduces a number of new features and improvements over the previous builds since its initial 2.0 release. And, the most eye-catching feature is the support for Ultra HD aka 4K resolution video.

Currently, 4K video format is not so popular, because for downloading and streaming such high-res video, very fast broadband network is required. Nevertheless, the number of monitors and TVs supporting Ultra HD are likely to increase in the coming months.

The newly released VLC media player 2.1 is available for Windows, OS X, Linux and major mobile platforms for free as usual. The player is especially known for the ability to run any video format, and the update improves further support for MKV, AVI and MP4 formats, plays audio FLAC integrated into AVI stream, and offers compatibility with the OpenGL ES standard that’s mainly used on Android and iOS devices.

Additionally, the audio codec has been rewritten (core and modules) to provide a higher fidelity sound and superior performance on all supported platforms. Now, multi-channel layout 5.1, 6.1 and 7.1 are supported.

The player is now also able to perform hardware decoding using VDADecoder on OS X, MediaCodec on Android, Intel QuickSyncVideo VDPAU on Linux and Windows. For OS X, the user interface has got significant changes with a new customizable playback menu and the ability to run the video as desktop background.

VideoLAN has finally made the port of VLC for Android 2.1 or higher and iOS 5 or higher while the port of media player as Modern app for Windows Phone 8, Windows RT, and Windows 8.1 are still partial.


  1. VLC media player is definitely a good choice playing Ultra HD / 4K videos. I also use Macgo Blu-ray player as a Ultra HD / 4K videos player, which can also run smoothly.


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