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VLC 3.0 launches with added Chromecast support

VideoLAN, the outfit behind VLC, has launched a new version of the open source video player that includes support for the Chromecast streaming device along with the ability to play HDR video, 8K content and 360° video.

VLC 3.0, also known as Vetinari, enables 4K and 8K playback, 10-bit and HDR video, 360° video and 3D audio and can stream content to Chromecast devices, including in formats not supported natively.

The latter means that VLC is enabling casting from Windows PCs and Mac computers as well as from Android phones and tablets to Chromecast-enabled TVs.

The latest version of the player is the first major release since 2015, and reportedly has fixed over 1,500 bugs.

Other features include support for additional languages and fonts, support for multiple new codecs, and improved performance and battery life on iOS devices.