VLC for Windows updated with improved chromecast support, hardware decoding and more

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Earlier this month, VLC Media Player for Windows received a major update with several new improvements like HEVC hardware decoding on Windows, using DxVA2 and D3D11, support for 360 video and 3D audio, support for Chromecast streaming and more. Today, VLC released v3.0.1 update with improved chromecast support, hardware decoding, adaptive streaming, and number of bug fixes to improve the overall experience. Find the full change log below.


  • Fix use-after-free when cleaning playlists
  • Fix crash on exit on Windows

Video output:

  • Fix HLG tone mapping on some systems like macOS.
  • Fix screensaver inhibition on Windows XP
  • Fix various Direct3D11 crashes
  • Fix HDR tone mapping in Direct3d11
  • Fix pink screen on Windows


  • Fix potential stack buffer overflow with faad
  • Enable Cineform HD in avcodec

Hardware Decoder:

  • macOS: Improve HEVC 10bit performance with Videotoolbox
  • android: Add MPEG2 support via MediaCodec
  • Fix HEVC decoding with some files on Android/macOS/iOS
  • Improve Direct3D11 memory usage


  • Improve MKV seeking speed
  • Fix xspf base URL handling
  • Fix reading mp4 trun with moof based offsets
  • Fix adaptive http redirections
  • Replace old API, fixing adaptive TLS leak
  • Use mime type as fallback for HLS segment type
  • Fix subtitle (srt,ssa..) seek when having a single entry
  • Flag non default HDMV subset video streams
  • Increase TS probing amount for 4K streams
  • Miscellaneous MKV, MP4 & AVI crash fixes


  • Fix out of bounds read in mpeg4video

Stream Output:

  • Improve chromecast loading speed
  • Improve local/chromecast transition during playback
  • Fix chromecast loading with some versions of Windows
  • Fix chromecast loading with some chromecast devices (TVs and Android boxes)
  • Fix wrong first cover

Qt Interface:

  • Improve scaling on HiDPI displays


  • Improve interface look and feel.

Download the update here for free.

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