VLC 2.0.7 out now

Today, we published VLC 2.0.7. This is an important update to VLC’s 2.0 series, which improves the overall stability, fixes minor annoyances and solves certain security implications.

It will be available through the internal updater on Mac OS X later today and is already live on our main website for manual downloads. The in-app announcement on Windows will be enabled as soon as the load on our servers allows.

Notable changes include:

  • Fix playback termination when switching ES tracks (PowerPC only)
  • Fix WMA Pro, MPEG 4 ALS, APE, MLP and ADPCM-IMA4 playback
  • Fix audio encoding for numerous codecs, notably mp3 and AAC

Included security content:

  • Fix memory exhaustion vulnerability when playing specifically crafted playlist files
  • Fix two xss vulnerabilities (CVE-2013-3565)

Further improvements:

  • Fix crash when using libvlc in 3rd party applications (Mac only)
  • Minor improvements to the OS X interface
  • Fix issue which could lead to loss of media files created through transcoding on OS X
  • New translations to Azerbaijani, Kirgyz, and Oriya
  • Updated translations to Basque, Simplified Chinese, Ukrainian, Turkish, Portuguese, Norwegian Bokmål, Burmese, Lithuanian, Italian, Hindi, Spanish, German, Czech, Danish, and Welsh

VideoLAN at Akademy 2013, Bilbao

Members of the VideoLAN team and our friends from Tomahawk will attend our favorite summer geek conference: Akademy. This year, it’s in Bilbao, Spain starting on July 13.

In addition to the usual KDE conferencing and geeking, Qt Contributors Summit will take place at the same venue! We are looking forward to what’s new in KDE and Qt, lots of chatter and perhaps a few beers?

VLC 2.0.6

Today, we published VLC 2.0.6. This is an important update to VLC’s 2.0 series, which improves the overall stability, fixes minor annoyances and solves certain security implications.

It will be available through the internal updater on Mac OS X later today and is already live on for manual downloads on our main website. The in-app announcement on Windows will be enabled as soon as the load on our servers allows. This release is the first to use our new mirror server distribution system. We finally moved away from SourceForge to our own trusted set of download partners.

Notable changes include:

  • Improved playback for Apple-lossless audio, MKV files including support for Matroska v4, paletted codecs within AVI and FLAC
  • Overall improvements through updated codecs and third libraries, including but not limited to DVD playback
  • Improved Vimeo playlist parsing and HTML SRT subtitle rendering
  • Solved connectivity issue with certain https servers

This update includes the following security content:

  • Fixed crash triggered by specifically crafted ASF files (SA-1302, Credit: Debasish Mandal)
  • Fixed use-after-free crash with Ogg file playback (Credit: Tomi Juntunen)

Additionally, we improved various aspects of the OS X port:

  • Improved fullscreen controller time slider with larger click target
  • Improved lookup of human readable device names in AUHAL plugin (OS X)
  • Fixed subtitle rendering resolution when using OS X’s native fullscreen mode
  • Fixed listing of the lua interfaces (web, telnet and console) in the advanced preferences panel
  • Fixed spatializer audio filter panel
  • Fixed crash within the video output code
  • Fixed BDMV folder selection issue on OS X Mountain Lion, which treats such folders as a AVCHD file as soon as they include an item named INDEX.BDM
  • Fixed bug which caused a hidden fullscreen panel
  • Fixed various minor UI drawing issues (main window, fullscreen controller, lua extensions, …)
  • Allowed VLC to be associated with .dvdmedia packages

Windows-specific improvements:

  • Fixed GPU decoding on Intel HD 2000/3000 cards
  • Fixed uninstallation from different locations than C:\

GNU/Linux-specific improvements:

  • Numerous D-Bus and MPRIS2 improvements
  • Reject broken versions of PulseAudio

New translations to Gujarati and Aragonese.

Updated translations for Brazilian Portuguese, Traditional Chinese, Thai, Portuguese, Japanese, Italian, Hebrew, Estonian, Spanish, Czech, Catalan, Bosnian, Asturian, French, Romanian, Serbian, Russian, Hindi, German, Slovenian, Norwegian Bokmål, Khmer, Icelandic, Interlingua, Welsh, Ukrainian, Dutch and Danish.

VideoLAN at SCALE 11x

For the second year in a row, members of the VideoLAN team will be at the Annual Southern California Linux Expo in Los Angeles.

This year, SCALE takes place at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel from February 22 to 24.

On Saturday, Feb 23, at 1:30 PM, Jean-Baptiste Kempf, president of the VideoLAN organization, will give a talk about VLC in the Century CD room. On both Saturday and Sunday, Ludovic Fauvet, Jean-Baptiste and me will man booth 7 to show the latest developments on VLC and further VideoLAN projects, to answer your questions and to discuss future ideas.

We are looking forward to your visit at our talk and our booth!

VideoLAN at FOSDEM

The entire VLC team and most teams from further projects hosted by VideoLAN will be at FOSDEM in Brussels, Belgium, on the first weekend of February.

While we won’t have a booth or a dedicated dev room this year, we will be around for the entire weekend to attend interesting talks, meet great people and enjoy one or two Belgian beers.

Additionally, the president of the VideoLAN association and lead developer on VLC, Jean-Baptiste Kempf, will give at talk at the Legal Issues dev room (K.3.201) on Relicensing libVLC and VLC modules from GPL to LGPL on Sunday morning.

Drop by if you are around and say hello! You will recognize us by the usual cone t-shirts!

Goal reached! Additional ideas!

Last night, we reached the goal of our fundraiser for VLC for Windows 8, RT and Phone. We are enormously proud of the result and stunned by the support of the folks who made this possible.

Any further money coming in will greatly speed up the availability of our port of VLC to Windows Phone 8, since it will allow us to parallelize the workload of the ports to Windows 8 / RT and Phone.

Furthermore, we proposed a few additional features, on which we will be working full-time after the initial release is done and as long as money is left:

  • camera input support — This allows you to record anything your connected cameras can see and to stream it live where ever you like.
  • DLNA client and server integration
    • Play media stored on DLNA capable servers on your Windows RT tablet or Windows Phone
    • Stream everything VLC can play on your tablet or Windows 8 PC to your DLNA capable devices (Xbox, …).
  • integration with locally attached devices for media playback and synchronization
  • Smartglass support

NB: This text is an excerpt of Update #6 on kickstarter.

Updates on the VLC for Windows 8, RT and Phone fundraiser

On Tuesday, we pushed a 2nd update on our fundraiser for VLC for Windows 8, RT and Phone.

It includes a first mockup of the application interface on Windows 8. We are proud of the positive feedback and we are looking forward to yours! You can find the update here.

Furthermore, since Wednesday noon, you can find Update #3 on Kickstarter, which includes additional mockups to demonstrate our new port on Windows RT tablets.

Last night, we published Update #4, which gives insights on the technical implications of our ports to Windows 8, RT and Phone.

At the time of writing, 95 % of our goal were pledged thanks to almost 2,400 backers and there are 6 days to go. Thanks for all the support! Let’s go on on this track!

and hey, our project is featured as a Staff Pick on Kickstarter, right now!