Version History of VLC Player 0.9.8a

Playback:

  • Instantaneous pausing
  • Frame-by-Frame playback
  • Timeshift for all medias
  • On-the-fly recording for all medias
  • RTSP trickplay support

New Decoders:

  • AES3 (SMPTE 302M)
  • Dolby Digital Plus - E-AC-3 (A/52b)
  • True HD/MLP
  • Blu-Ray Linear PCM
  • QCELP (Qualcomm PureVoice)
  • Real Video 3.0 & 4.0
  • WMA v1/2 fixed point integer
  • Close Caption under SCTE-20 standard

Demuxers:

  • Support for Dirac and RealVideo in Matroska files
  • Major improvements in RealMedia files opening (.rm and .rmvb)
  • Improvements of the TS demuxer for M2TS files

Encoders:

  • Dirac encoding using libdirac (supported in Ogg and in TS)
  • Shine mp3 fixed point encoder

Access:

  • RTSP authentication with Darwin Streaming Server
  • On-the-fly gzip and bzip2 file decompression (except on Windows)
  • Playback for video in uncompressed multi-RAR archives
  • DVB-S and ATSC cards support on Windows
  • New OSS and Alsa accesses. The v4l2 and v4l modules no longer support OSS or Alsa audio input. Use --input-slave alsa:// or oss:// if needed.
  • DVB scanning on linux
  • EXPERIMENTAL Blu-Ray Disc Folder support
  • On-the-fly zip file decompression and browsing (MRL of the form zip://file.zip|file.avi to specify the file)

Inputs:

  • Mouse cursor support in x11 and win32 screen modules
  • Screen module now features partial screen capture and mouse following on Windows.

Playlist:

  • Export the playlist in HTML
  • Lua script for BBC radio playback

Linux/Windows interface:

  • Recently played items list
  • Interface customizations
  • Global Hotkeys on Windows and Linux

Mac OS X Interface:

  • Reveal-in-Finder functionality for locally stored items.

Stream output:

  • Restored the old mpeg2 transrating module.
  • Multiple bridge-in instances are now possible.
  • bridge-in can be used to configure a placeholder stream.
  • Remote Audio Output Protocol (AirTunes) module.

Maemo Port:

  • New Maemo port with:
  • an interface based on Hildon framework.
  • scaler based on the swscale_nokia770 library.

Windows CE Port:

  • EXPERIMENTAL work for the winCE port has been done.

Audio output:

  • Removed obsolete Esound and aRts plugins
  • Surround support for PulseAudio

Video output:

  • Effects (cube, torus, etc.) removed from OpenGL video output
  • Video is able to stay in original size and to zoom in fullscreen (hotkey 'o') while keeping black borders

Miscellanous:

  • Invmem, a fake codec to display images from external applications