VLC media player is well known for being jack of all trades. It plays almost everything that is meant to be played by a media player and and the best part is — it’s licensed free. It makes you free from the chains of codec world. Forget about having different codecs installed on your PC. VLC has almost all codecs built-in. It plays even if the media is damaged, missing pieces, broken pieces of media and many more. Phew!
Google Corp. open sourced the new WebM video format last week and VLC is back again. The developers of open-source cross-platform video player VLC have released a version that supports the new WebM video format. The new version of the software — VLC 1.1.0 Release Candidate can be downloaded here.
The release of a standalone player for WebM video represents a significant step for the adoption of the new video format. Up until now, users had to download special nightly builds of Firefox, Chrome or Opera to play WebM videos on their systems, and not everyone is committed to running what can essentially be considered an unstable browser version on their machine. VLC’s website also warns visitors that the new release candidate is “aimed at power-users,” but the release will undoubtedly also get some traction with people simply curious about WebM.
The new VLC version also shows that WebM still has a ways to go before it can overtake H.264. VLC’s Windows and Linux versions now support hardware decoding of H.264 video. WebM doesn’t have any hardware decoding support yet, but chip manufacturers like MIPS have announced that they’re going to add this option to their chip sets soon.