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Want to play videos encoded with WebM, the new video format that Google open sourced at its developers conference last week? Well, look no further: The new version of VLC supports WebM playback. Another feature included in the new release is hardware decoding for H.264 videos.

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The developers of the open-source cross-platform video player VLC have released a version that supports the new WebM video format, which Google open-sourced at its developers conference last week. VLC 1.1.0 Release Candidate 1 also comes with support for hardware-based decoding of H.264-encoded video on some platforms. The new version of the software can be downloaded here (hat tip to The H).

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 developers of Miro recently released a new version of their Miro Video Converter that can be used to covert various video formats into WebM, so there’s little stopping end users from playing with the new format.

However, 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.

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  1. ContentCentral.com » New VLC Version Supports WebM, H.264 Hardware Decoding Thursday, May 27, 2010

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  2. WOw, that is so cool dude amazing.

    Lou
    http://www.anonymity.it.tc

  3. Experiencing jumpy playback now on various mp4 files. Oh well, hope release is actually usable.

    1. Turn off GPU Acceleration. That worked for me.

  4. WebM only works if you download and compile the source code for the newest version. The precompiled binaries and installer do not support it.

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  8. Not excited unless the Mac VLC programmers also release a Jaguar and Tiger compatible version. I will never buy another Mac, so the ones I use are not being upgraded. The OS will not be upgraded on any of them because of essential legacy software.

    VLC has not been upgraded on older versions of OSX for years now. Isn’t it time that VLC stop playing Apples game by trying to force users to buy new software or hardware? Strange how Open Source software seems to promote buying new Apple products.

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