These are the 5 improvements that VLC 3.0 brings to Gnu / Linux users

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We have started 2018 with a new version of VLC: VLC 3.0, a multimedia player that brings great improvements over previous versions and with respect to other Gnu / Linux video players. VLC 3.0 possibly many of you already have it in your distributions, but not all the benefits of this version are accessible or are aware by its users.

That is why we have decided to count the 5 best news that we will find in VLC 3.0 and that we can use from the first moment.

Chromecast compatibility

VLC 3.0 connects and works with Google Chromecast. This Google device already works with VLC and that means that users can send videos to this device without having to leave Gnu / Linux or make use of the emulation or the Google web browser. To use this function, while we run the video we go to Playback -> Render and select the Google Chromecast device to which we want to send the multimedia content.

LTS version

Many Free Software programs and applications are creating LTS versions, Long Support versions that are a sign of quality for many developers. VLC 3.0 will be an LTS branch that will be supported until after the next versions are releasedThese are VLC 4 and VLC 5. However, these updates will not contain radical changes but changes related to security and bugs found.

Network scan

Through plugins and hacks, users of previous versions of VLC could explore media files from a remote computer or server. Now, this option comes by default in VLC 3.0 and users can explore and search for multimedia files through the different network protocols that exist and always from VLC.

4K Playback

VLC has always supported OpenGL libraries but has not used them by default, something that has changed with the new version, thus allowing the reproduction of content at 4K 60fps, a high definition content that could only be accessed from proprietary operating systems.

Adaptive streaming support

The download managers of web browsers adapt to the download speed as well as the download in parts that allows to continue with the download of the file. This technology has been implemented in VLC 3.0 which allows us continue to play via streaming despite the download being cut off.


Taking into account these 5 improvements, we can say that VLC 3.0 has taken a substantial quality leap, allowing improvements that many users requested for a long time and that are now accessible, but Do all distributions already have this version of VLC?

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