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VLC 1.0.0 Released

Soulskill posted more than 5 years ago | from the now-supports-kitchen-sink dept.

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rift321 writes "VLC media player, which we all know for simplifying the playback of pretty much any codec out there, has finally released version 1.0.0. Here's a quick list of improvements: live recording, instant pausing and frame-by-frame support, finer speed controls, new HD codecs (AES3, Dolby Digital Plus, TrueHD, Blu-Ray Linear PCM, Real Video 3.0 and 4.0), new formats (Raw Dirac, M2TS) and major improvements in many formats, new Dirac encoder and MP3 fixed-point encoder, video scaling in fullscreen, RTSP Trickplay support, zipped file playback, customizable toolbars, easier encoding GUI in Qt interface, better integration in Gtk environments, MTP devices on Linux, and AirTunes streaming."

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Yes, yes, all very impressive (4, Funny)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 5 years ago | (#28607697)

Has anyone fixed the volume control yet, or is that too trivial to bother with?

Re:Yes, yes, all very impressive (5, Funny)

Icegryphon (715550) | more than 5 years ago | (#28607737)

Yes, It now goes to 11.
Isn't that good enought for you?

Re:Yes, yes, all very impressive (-1, Redundant)

oldspewey (1303305) | more than 5 years ago | (#28607917)

It's one louder

Thanks, thanks, thanks. (0, Offtopic)

Futurepower(R) (558542) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608735)

Thanks, thanks, thanks to the VideoLAN team. Just tried the 1.0.0 version. It works great.

Thanks for freeing me from the media player craziness of Windows XP.

Re:Yes, yes, all very impressive (4, Insightful)

Maxo-Texas (864189) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608169)

Actually, in a way it does.

I'd been adjusting the volume up to 100% but for some unknown reason, I kept rotating the mouse-wheel and it went up to 200%, 300%, and finally 400% of the default volume the .avi provided.
I'd had trouble getting it loud enough before using the standard system audio controls.

Re:Yes, yes, all very impressive (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28608487)

Erm, hold the up arrow while holding Control...

Re:Yes, yes, all very impressive (1, Redundant)

Mister Whirly (964219) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608525)

Can I raise a practical question at this point? Are we gonna do Stonehenge tonight?

Re:Yes, yes, all very impressive (4, Insightful)

Blakey Rat (99501) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608109)

What's broken about it? I'm using 0.9.9 now (or whatever the last release was), and I don't have any issues with the volume control.

Re:Yes, yes, all very impressive (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28608651)

I have had similar issues with other A/V software. Where the internal vol control is not tied to the 'system' very well. So inside the program it is maxed out and you can not hear it at all. But you tweak the 'system' one and it is now loud enough.

I think what is happening is A/V software is tied to one of the volume sliders (there are many) and not to the system one. So you end up with quiet audio in a movie.

Re:Yes, yes, all very impressive (4, Funny)

OolimPhon (1120895) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608669)

If you don't turn it up enough you can't hear the whoooosh!

So it plays back media (-1, Troll)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 5 years ago | (#28607733)

Is that it?

These days, if all you do is one thing, no matter how well you do it, you're always only going to be known for that one thing.

To borrow a phrase from Michael Jackson.. What have you done for me lately?

Re:So it plays back media (5, Funny)

0xdeadbeef (28836) | more than 5 years ago | (#28607809)

To borrow a phrase from Michael Jackson.. What have you done for me lately?

Pissed on your grave, you ungrateful whiner.

Re:So it plays back media (2, Informative)

Picass0 (147474) | more than 5 years ago | (#28607931)

That wasn't Michael.
It was Janet. (Ms. Jackson if you're nasty)

(Oh god I didn't type that.. too much Micheal Jackson news... it's rotting my brain....)

Re:So it plays back media (-1, Offtopic)

Mister Whirly (964219) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608571)

Wait, Michael and Janet were actually two different people?? So does that mean Janet is still alive (well, except her career)? Does that mean Diana Ross is a separate entity also?? (Beside the fact that the Jacksons all share her nose) I am so confused...

Re:So it plays back media (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28608367)

That was Janet, you disrespectful dumbfucks.

Re:So it plays back media (0, Offtopic)

The Grim Reefer2 (1195989) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608573)

That was Janet, you disrespectful dumbfucks.

You mean they actually were two different people???

Re:So it plays back media (4, Insightful)

daem0n1x (748565) | more than 5 years ago | (#28607851)

I guess they should include all kinds of useless bloat until the download is 200MB and takes 5 minutes to startup. Software that does only one thing, and does it well, oh the horror!

Re:So it plays back media (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28607875)

pretty sure that was janet...

Re:So it plays back media (5, Insightful)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 5 years ago | (#28607939)

Is that it?

These days, if all you do is one thing, no matter how well you do it, you're always only going to be known for that one thing.

To borrow a phrase from Michael Jackson.. What have you done for me lately?

What in the hell are you talking about? I hope your attitude is not commonplace. I am not afraid to stand up for VLC for I've never found something that has worked so flawlessly crossplatform (Win XP, Linux) for me that allows me to record streams and shoutcasts of any nature to any codec with any number of parameters ... and a decent GUI interface so far. In VLC, I can open any WMV or AVI file without any fear of some messed up virus destroying my WinXP machine.

You know it's funny. You make media playback sound so trivial. Yet the number of solutions out there prove that nobody has perfected it. VLC has impressed me time and time again. I worship it for its simplicity. Have you even used said software? Or are you just bitter about something?

It plays every freaking codec under the sun with dead simplicity! That's such a herculean task, what more could you ask from it!?

Re:So it plays back media (1)

Icegryphon (715550) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608037)

It plays every freaking codec under the sun with dead simplicity! That's such a herculean task, what more could you ask from it!?

Agreed Bro, (wish I could add the ascii image of brofist, silly slashdot filters)
But I also like to add to my system just to be sure.
http://www.cccp-project.net/ [cccp-project.net]

Re:So it plays back media (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28608211)

Just give me a bro-job and we'll call it even.

Re:So it plays back media (4, Funny)

Junior J. Junior III (192702) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608173)

To borrow a phrase from Michael Jackson.. What have you done for me lately?

Ah, nope, that's Janet. Ms. Jackson if you're nasty.

Re:So it plays back media (1)

CRiMSON (3495) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608357)

Fanboi

Re:So it plays back media (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28608491)

"It plays every freaking codec under the sun with dead simplicity! That's such a herculean task, what more could you ask from it!?"

So does zoom player... Every version since 5 goes through & fixes all your codecs as part of the install process. And on top of that it has the best UI ive ever seen on a video player. It is so incredibly configurable and versatile I always feel like im tying my shoes while wearing mittens when i try to use VLC

Unfortunately zoom player isnt available for linux, its pretty much my killer app at this point.

Re:So it plays back media (5, Interesting)

ByOhTek (1181381) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608033)

I'd rather have a dozen tools, each of which excells at it's one thing, than one tool that does a half-assed job at a dozen things.

No matter what OS I'm on, I always seem to use one app for audio, and one app for video. What constitutes a clean and useful interface for audio rarely does for video, and vice-versa. I've yet to see an app that auto-switches on media type.

Heck, in FreeBSD, I usually have three video apps (noatun, vlc and mplayer) because none of them works well on everything, but at least one will work for whatever I watch.

Re:So it plays back media (5, Funny)

orzetto (545509) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608251)

excells at it's one thing

... Which is why you did not install a Firefox spell-checker, I presume?

Re:So it plays back media (1)

leppi (207894) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608683)

OK, that was actually quite funny... Shouldn't be modded flamebait.

Re:So it plays back media (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28608463)

What constitutes a clean and useful interface for audio rarely does for video, and vice-versa. I've yet to see an app that auto-switches on media type.

Zoom Player can be set up to do this. Of course it's Windows only.

Re:So it plays back media (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28608801)

Nobody on /. gives a fuck about Windows only software. Get a clue.

Re:So it plays back media (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28608149)

That was Janet Jackson, not Michael, moron.

Re:So it plays back media (1)

Maxo-Texas (864189) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608239)

A friend's boss actually said that to her after she worked so much over time for 2 months to get a major project in that she got sick.

"So... what have you done for me lately?"

---

With regard to your comment tho-- I don't suppose you never heard of the phrase, "Jack of All Trades, Master of None".

I use VLC-- because it's awesome and focused.

I used to use WinAMP but it became very difuse (and confusing).

I sincerely hope when they "finish" VLC that they will *STOP* instead of continuing onward and making a bloated mess of it.

Re:So it plays back media (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28608419)

I really like where VLC is and think they have done a great job. At this point, even if they were to take the 3:05 to bloatville, I could just keep using the current version. This doesn't help when new codecs become available and you are forced to upgrade but I also suspect they will add the new functionality without adding all the useless cruft. At least based on their development history so far.....

Re:So it plays back media (1)

ptelligence (685287) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608441)

You can't possibly still be holding on to the assumption that Michael and Janet are the same person. Not after recent events.

Re:So it plays back media (1)

kingtut (46281) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608685)

Janet Jackson.

"GUI in Qt" (1)

quantic_oscillation7 (973678) | more than 5 years ago | (#28607739)

"GUI in Qt" now that's nice! but i'm so addicted to mplayer+smplayer!!!

Hardware acceleration (5, Interesting)

frednofr (854428) | more than 5 years ago | (#28607795)

Without hardware accelerated h.264 playback, I'm not going back to VLC.

Still, it's a great do it all player / streamer.

Re:Hardware acceleration (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28607975)

VLC 1.0.0 and 1.1.0 can be compiled with VAAPI to get hardware acceleration.

Re:Hardware acceleration (5, Insightful)

westlake (615356) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608461)

VLC 1.0.0 and 1.1.0 can be compiled with VAAPI to get hardware acceleration. The simplest way to insure a permanent fractional 1% share for Linux is to require a compiler to gain functionality the OSX and Windows app delivers on launch.

Re:Hardware acceleration (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28608629)

Are you an insurance agent?

Re:Hardware acceleration (5, Informative)

Jamamala (983884) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608053)

VLC supports hardware acceleration on nVidia G80 and higher hardware using VDPAU on Linux. As soon as ATI releases a XvBA driver, hardware acceleration should be possible through VAAPI.

Re:Hardware acceleration (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28608427)

No, VDPAU doesn't support G80. G9x and higher.

Re:Hardware acceleration (1)

Taibhsear (1286214) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608671)

Some of the G8x are supported but not all.
VDPAU Supported Cards [mythtv.org]

My only issue is does this VDPAU support in VLC come natively or do I have to do something asinine like compiling the damn thing myself instead of just offering a parallel download (name it VLC-HD or something like that)?

Re:Hardware acceleration (2, Informative)

je ne sais quoi (987177) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608069)

You might want to read this [jbkempf.com] then. It appears that there are even patches [splitted-desktop.com] available for vdpau (=NVIDIA's hardware acceleration). I haven't tried this yet myself though (but will be as soon as I get home from work).

Re:Hardware acceleration (1)

Midnight Thunder (17205) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608673)

Without hardware accelerated h.264 playback, I'm not going back to VLC.

People are looking into hardware accelerated codecs. Some of the approaches aren't cross-platform, but it is better to see some progress somewhere, than none at all. I holding out for solutions that can take advantage of stuff like OpenCL.

Another focus for getting hardware accelerated video into VLC is ffmpeg, though I am not sure what sort of effort if being done here?

Re:Hardware acceleration (1)

tlhIngan (30335) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608807)

Without hardware accelerated h.264 playback, I'm not going back to VLC.

Still, it's a great do it all player / streamer

Actually, that's one reason why I use VLC - because I know it's not going to use any accelleration except minor ones that don't affect much (e.g., DirectX video surfaces). It's important when you remove the DRM that you actually removed the DRM, and sometimes testing it with Windows Media Player doesn't help (you can check through the properties, but I'd like to be sure). With VLC not using the OS components, I know if it plays there, there isn't any DRM on it.

Of course, having the option to use hardware accelleration, or disabling it, is better...

VLC media player and MPEG-2 (4, Interesting)

viralMeme (1461143) | more than 5 years ago | (#28607801)

Would I have to pay royalties to MPEG LA [tgdaily.com] to watch MPEG-2 encoded media on VLC media player

Re:VLC media player and MPEG-2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28607825)

technically, i believe so.

Re:VLC media player and MPEG-2 (5, Insightful)

Kjella (173770) | more than 5 years ago | (#28607883)

VLC didn't pay them, so if you need a patent license then yes. But then the most popular MPEG2-encoded content is DVDs, and to play those you'll be a criminal as well so why bother.

Re:VLC media player and MPEG-2 (4, Insightful)

wvmarle (1070040) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608307)

You forget to add that your reply is of course very much limited to people living under US law. Software patents are afaik not valid anywhere else in the world (luckily), nor do many countries have anti-circumvention-laws like the US has. Remember that the world is bigger than the USA.

Re:VLC media player and MPEG-2 (2, Insightful)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608741)

Thanks for that reminder. This comment only appears about fifty times a day on Slashdot.

Re:VLC media player and MPEG-2 (4, Funny)

omnichad (1198475) | more than 5 years ago | (#28607965)

Yes, and you'd be joining the other person who paid royalties.

Re:VLC media player and MPEG-2 (0)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#28607989)

Would I have to pay royalties to MPEG LA to watch MPEG-2 encoded media on VLC media player

No, it will play just fine.

Oh, you mean, do you have to pay royalties to watch it legally? Probably. Do you follow every law on the books or are you just trolling?

Re:VLC media player and MPEG-2 (1)

westlake (615356) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608369)

Oh, you mean, do you have to pay royalties to watch it legally? Probably. Do you follow every law on the books or are you just trolling?

You do if you want to see your OEM product on sale in the mega-mall.

Which does much to explain why OSX and Windows have a 99% share of the client desktop.

The geek may be comfortable downloading a "gray market" codec.

The shopper laying out $800-$1500 for his HTPC wants an iron-clad guarantee of full-featured hardware-accelerated media play. Demoed in the store.

Re:VLC media player and MPEG-2 (3, Insightful)

maxume (22995) | more than 5 years ago | (#28607999)

It probably depends on your jurisdiction, and on whether you care about violating the license. You certainly don't need a license to make the software work.

Re:VLC media player and MPEG-2 (4, Funny)

funkatron (912521) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608055)

No. You're too worthless to get sued.

No longer in beta? (5, Funny)

omnichad (1198475) | more than 5 years ago | (#28607847)

So much for being acquired by Google.

Instant Pausing, Frame By Frame (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28607867)

Thank god for Instant Pausing and Frame by Frame support. I needed more granularity over the location bar while watching porn videos. The old versions seem to be skipping to and from "keyframes" during seeking. It was very frustrating.

Re:Instant Pausing, Frame By Frame (1)

Maxo-Texas (864189) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608327)

Now now -- porn would be easy-- that one clear perfect frame in an regular movie or sometimes even TV is the hard part.

Re:Instant Pausing, Frame By Frame (2, Funny)

Winckle (870180) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608695)

It's great for taking DVD screen grabs too.

Of purely non-pornographical content.

Better DVD menu support? (4, Interesting)

smellsofbikes (890263) | more than 5 years ago | (#28607869)

If anyone has tried this and played around with its menu support I'd love to hear about it. I have several newer DVD's that won't play on VLC, Ogle, or mplayer. Oh, they'll play: the stupid previews, the trailers, the additional material. But the intro screen with a menu item that says 'play movie', crashes any of them when I try to actually play the movie. This is happening on a brand-new copy of Stardust and another of Letters from Iwo Jima, and it's making my linux sell really difficult for my girlfriend and my roommate, who both say "if it can't play a DVD, I'm not using it". Sigh

Re:Better DVD menu support? (1)

GigaHurtsMyRobot (1143329) | more than 5 years ago | (#28607945)

I bet there are linux dvd players made for that sort of thing...

Re:Better DVD menu support? (1)

dwieeb (1573153) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608001)

Nope.

Re:Better DVD menu support? (1)

GigaHurtsMyRobot (1143329) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608103)

Fluendo is a closed source linux dvd player, fully supported, for under $30.

Re:Better DVD menu support? (1)

gbarules2999 (1440265) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608253)

Xine-UI is pretty good. Actually, any Xine-based player plays DVD menus fairly well.

Re:Better DVD menu support? (2, Informative)

Wooky_linuxer (685371) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608151)

I wonder if there isn't any copy protection mechanism that breaks the player. I once tried to rip a Wall-E DVD and it appeared to have over 60GB in it. They are using false sectors in the disk to fool rippers. Perhaps these DVDs you tried to watch have some similar "feature" that messes up the Linux software. You could try playing the .vob files directly as a workaround.

Re:Better DVD menu support? (5, Insightful)

qoncept (599709) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608187)

Sigh? As in, you don't like that? What's wrong with "If it doesn't do what I want, I'm not using it." Sounds pretty reasonable to me. It's why I gave up on my Linux expirament (along with "If it makes the things I want to do a horrible pain in the ass, I'm not using it.")

Re:Better DVD menu support? (1)

Whorhay (1319089) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608459)

Damn, already used all my mod points!

Re:Better DVD menu support? (2, Informative)

cranky_slacker (815016) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608523)

Hate to go off topic, but I was having a similar problem and so far, Xine has played all the discs that VLC and MPlayer couldn't.

Talk to the frog (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28607877)

VLC is a nice student project, but it's got problems. They can't get the mutexes right. Something that fundamental, and they screw it up. Imagine how bad the bugs are when they deal with non-trivial problems.

I prefer the frog. Ogg Frog. It's cross platform, GPL, rock solid, and designed/written by a professional with years of experience. Ogg Frog.

Re:Talk to the frog (3, Insightful)

Thantik (1207112) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608015)

If it's that trivial to fix...why don't you go fix it yourself?

Re:Talk to the frog (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28608733)

VLC is poorly designed. Not their fault -- they don't have a lot of experience and a lot of features are tacked on. Fixing the mutexes means scrapping everything and starting over.

*Ribbit*

Ogg Frog is properly designed.

Re:Talk to the frog (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28608285)

VLC is a student project. I can tell by some of the mutexes and by having seen quite a few student projects in my time.
Also, OggFrog is not a replacement for VLC. Oggfrog.com even has a get VLC button on the main page.

Consolidation (1)

dwieeb (1573153) | more than 5 years ago | (#28607905)

All of this wouldn't be necessary if they consolidated media types. What's so bad about having one extension? I'm going to get that done. Videos, music and pictures will all have the .dwieeb extension. You'll see.

Re:Consolidation (3, Interesting)

Kjella (173770) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608189)

Actually, we are approaching some consolidation, H.264 seems to reign supreme for almost all video, I guess that's run by people with eyes. Audio, meh. If they did a double blind test between LPCM, FLAC, Apple Lossless, TrueHD and DTS-HD Master I swear they'd find a ton of differences. And apart from those that want the kitchen sink general programming environment, MKV is doing a pretty damn good job on video, audio, subtitles, chapters, multiple angles etc. BluRay for example is a whole JavaVM, there's a full OS running inside the machine just to play the damn disc. Now I'm just hoping that all the browser plugins will die and be replaced with HTML5 video elements.

Re:Consolidation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28608207)

.ogg?

Pause / subtitle function (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28608023)

What about being able to pause with a single click somewhere on the movie or being able to but subtitles below the movie for wide screen movies on a non wide screen display?

Re:Pause / subtitle function (1)

IDK (1033430) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608545)

The pause button, or space should pause it. But the other thing I agree with. As they say, patches are welcome, and that what I'm going to do...

Download Broken (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28608039)

The download finishes instantly at 0 bytes

Re:Download Broken (3, Informative)

Gramie2 (411713) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608081)

I had that happen with the Canadian mirror. I refreshed the page (as instructed at the very top), got a U.S. mirror, and everything was fine.

Does it still have a GUI interface (-1, Troll)

sys.stdout.write (1551563) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608129)

... that looks like it was written in 1997?

Re:Does it still have a GUI interface (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28608163)

You don't like the native look?
Use the skins: http://images1.videolan.org/vlc/skins2/subX.png

Re:Does it still have a GUI interface (1)

sys.stdout.write (1551563) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608245)

As long as you can make it not look like this:
http://vlc-media-player.brothersoft.com/screenshots/VLC-Media-Player-0.8.-6c_1.png [brothersoft.com]

Re:Does it still have a GUI interface (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608453)

The 'native' interface still uses basic looking controls, but they don't really look like that anymore. Both the layout and styling have improved.

Re:Does it still have a GUI interface (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28608395)

No. Due to confusion, the GUI has been eliminated.

You now have to type "vl -dev \/\device\opt\ifiea -drive \f3fsag -output fs/fb/nv -disp sc1 -sz 15.4 -fmt wdsc -play now"

At least...on my system you do. It's easy, though. Just change the command line to match your screen and video hardware, as well as whatever file or disk you want to play, and you'll have it working in no time.

Ok...now that my sarcasm is done....what the heck is wrong with a 1997 GUI? They were simple, quick, lightweight, and did what the heck you wanted without getting in your way.
Nowadays we have monstrosities like Windows Media Player 11, which is pretty much impossible to navigate.

(Posted anon due to previous moderation.)

Does not work on Mac OS X 10.4 (5, Informative)

McDutchie (151611) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608315)

Any remaining Tiger users needn't bother. As of this version, VLC requires Mac OS X 10.5. This is not obvious from the website.

Re:Does not work on Mac OS X 10.4 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28608543)

Is that only the binaries, or even if you try to compile it yourself?

Media player classic + codec packs VLC (1)

blahplusplus (757119) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608341)

VLC has shitty subtitle support, why VLC gets accolades is beyond me when there are so many bugs compared to just downloading one of the many great community made codec packs and media player classic.

VLC is jack of all trades master of none, with weird bugs when you want to play subtitled files.

Re:Media player classic + codec packs VLC (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28608595)

Much improved in recent releases, IMO. You should give it another try and see if it's any better.

Does it now play DVDs with "piracy" warnings? (1)

llogiq (455777) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608387)

I found that VLC 0.9.9 ceased playback on the last seconds of a pesky "piracy" warning for two recent original DVDs (What are those warnings for anyway? It's not that I'm planning to steal any boat...). Has anyone else had this issue?

Re:Does it now play DVDs with "piracy" warnings? (2, Funny)

Kushieda Minorin (1453751) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608783)

(What are those warnings for anyway? It's not that I'm planning to steal any boat...)

If you pirate DVDs, you'll have a Nice Boat end.

cutting edge (0, Flamebait)

wondersparrow (685210) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608473)

Oooh, another cutting edge video player that likely wont be able to play a 2 year old 1080p h246 file I have on my 6 month old quad core. I could be wrong, but I dont see any notes about this supporting multiple cores ona windows machine.

Re:cutting edge (1)

wondersparrow (685210) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608503)

and as for the spelling mistakes. somehow the /. edit screen is only 2 characters wide for me on my work computer. so even this messages is like 4 pages long.

Re:cutting edge (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28608639)

Don't think anything plays h246 files - try h264 :)

Re:cutting edge (1)

wondersparrow (685210) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608729)

How insightful Captain Obvious. Comment on typos even after I acknowledged them. heh ;)

Awesome but where is the Symbian version? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28608559)

Seriously, we need a good video player like this for mobile devices running Symbian (S60v3 Nokia phones specifically). Qt is available, what's the deal?

There are iPhone, Windows CE, and soon probably Android... Where is the Symbian love?!

Re:Awesome but where is the Symbian version? (2, Insightful)

thaig (415462) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608815)

It's all in the codecs. VLC uses ffmpeg quite heavily. A full port of the ffmpeg library might help.

Sticking with mplayer, thank you (5, Interesting)

ChipR (1424) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608721)

I like VLC, I really do. For that matter, I like xine too. But neither one, as far as I can tell, can do one thing that mplayer does: Display closed captioning. No, that's not DVD subtitles. It's purely a US American thing, so is routinely ignored, or at least misunderstood, by the international communities that maintain these products.

I watched a thread on a VLC (or was it xine?) discussion forum where somebody asked about closed captioning support. After about twelve messages, they finally determined that no, it really wasn't the same as subtitles (some participants never were convinced of that fact), but was "some American thing", at which point amidst a lot of tongue clucking and regrets, the thread fizzled out.

So until a media player can display closed captions, I'm not really able to use it. But nice try, guys, and keep up the good work.

(Yes, I am sure I could dive into the mplayer code, locate the closed-captioning bits, extract them, and submit them to both VLC and xine as patches. I'll get right on that, mmm-hmmm!)

GMail Beta (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28608749)

When will GMail finally get out of Beta? It's been in Beta for years now.

Media player? (1)

BenoitRen (998927) | more than 5 years ago | (#28608785)

It's not just a media player when it also supports live recording and media encoding.

Shame they broke... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28608813)

... the nice simple GUI it had before. (the main GUI)

Who thought it was a nice idea to have 2 rows of buttons when it could have easily been on one row?
And why the fancy shmancy volume control? Give me a flat line any day. (in before Death)
At least they fixed the terrible Options GUI(s) though, holy headache. (let's not forget the page with all the hotkeys... oh god, so many input boxes! THE HORROR!)

On a more technical note, i had a bug where it was taking ages to load an MKV with subtitles, anyone know if anything along those lines were mentioned in any bug fixes? (or generally mentioned as a bug)
I had to resort to MPC because of the annoyance it caused. (so did my friend actually now that i think about it)

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