VLC 1.1 Adds Hardware Acceleration and 7.1 Channel Audio

Posted Wed Jul 7, 2010 at 11:00 AM PDT by Dick Ward

Other additions for the free media player include better MKV compatibility and add-on support.

If you have an extensive video collection on your computer, chances you've come across the VLC media player. It's one of the best media players around and with the 1.1 update, it's gotten even better.

The first, and more exciting thing added to the program is hardware acceleration. No longer will VLC try to process all the video itself – the task will be unloaded to your video card. That means smoother movies and almost certainly a better viewing experience.

The program is lighter on your CPU and, according to the developers, thousands of lines of code were cleaned up and removed to make the newest version of VLC a smooth running one.

New codecs have been added, and Blu-ray subtitles are finally playable. Audio support has been increased, and there have been improvements to the streaming capabilities too.

And, just like with all VLC releases, VLC 1.1 is absolutely free.


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