VLC media participant will add AirPlay help

VLC on the Mac.
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Samuel Axon

Well-liked open supply video and audio participant software program VLC will add help for Apple’s streaming characteristic quickly, in keeping with statements given by the ’s improvement workforce to Selection.

VLC additionally supplied the next assertion to The Verge to touch upon the timeline and make clear some specifics of the AirPlay rollout:

Identical to with Chromecast, we intend to help AirPlay on any platform. There isn’t a launch date but in any respect. We want it to be a part of VLC 4, which is the following main launch we’re at present engaged on. We are going to let prematurely as soon as we outline a date.

The VLC improvement workforce added help for Chromecast, Google’s AirPlay equal, in 2018. Apple has typically supplied AirPlay on non-Apple gadgets earlier than—on the Sonos One for instance—however this 12 months’s CES has been marked by some notable expansions, notably in televisions. Many new televisions from Samsung, LG, and others will now help AirPlay and a few Apple companies.

The addition of AirPlay to VLC’s Android app will make streaming content material from Apple gadgets to Android ones simple for individuals who use the app. The VLC workforce may even develop VR help sooner or later. Particularly, they demonstrated the power to look at 2D motion pictures in a digital theater whereas sporting the HTC Vive at its CES sales space this week.

In accordance with Selection, the “team reverse-engineered most VR headsets to natively VR video through the main VLC app” as a result of utilizing the SDKs supplied by the headset makers would enhance the file measurement of VLC by a whole lot of megabytes. The answer VLC got here up with as an alternative added just one megabyte to the app’s measurement.

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Moreover, VLC is on the verge of surpassing three billion person downloads. The event workforce celebrated with a countdown clock at its CES sales space, and the three billion milestone is anticipated to be reached someday right now. The workforce famous that cellular downloads account for a couple of quarter of that quantity.

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