VLC Media Player is without doubt one of the most popular multimedia players. Part of the popularity comes from the fact that it supports nearly every media format out of the box, so that you do not need to go out codec hunting before you can play a video or audio file on your system. The developers are currently working on an Android version of VLC which we have reviewed yesterday.
Today, an update for VLC for the desktop has been released. VLC 2.0.5 is already available on the home page of the VideoLAN website but not yet available via the program's update checker. When I run the update check on VLC 2.0.4 it tells me right now that it is the latest version. It is however very likely that the new version will get picked up soon by the program so that you can install it using the update checker if you wait long enough for that to happen. If you do not want to wait, download the latest version of the media player from the official website instead and install it manually on your system.
The update as usual removes the old version of VLC Media Player from the system before the new version gets installed on it.
The update is a stability update for VLC according to Felix Paul Kühne, lead developer at VideoLAN who posted a lit of notable changes made in version 2.0.5 on his personal blog.
- Improved reliability for MKV, Koreus and SWF playback
- Resolved system sleep issue on OS X 10.5
- Resolved potential security issues in HTML subtitle parser and AIFF demuxer
- Fixed MPEG2 audio and video encoding
- Various minor fixes and improvements
- Improved HTTPS streaming on WIndows
- Improved reliability for libVLC based applications
- Updated Translations
As you can see, mostly reliability and stability improvements. Especially the MKV playback reliability improvements should come in handy for users of the media player. The VLC as usual is available for all supported operating systems. (via)