The final version of the popular media player VLC 1.1 has just been released by its developers. The Open Source player continues to roll over the majority of competing players by being among the first to introduce support for WebM decoding and encoding, gpu decoding on Windows and Linux and an overall decoding speed increase.
Additional changes have been made to the HD capabilities of the media player. MKV HD support has been improved by adding support for 7.1 channel codecs and seeking fixes, the playback experience should be a lot better for many users now.
New codecs have been added to this version of VLC. The player now supports Blu-Ray subtitles, VP8 which has been mentioned earlier and MPEG-4 losless on the video side and Vorbis 6.1/7.1, Flac 6.1/7.1, MPEG-4 ALS and a handful more on the audio side.
Audio CD playback in Windows was improved by including CCDB access and CD-Text support when listening to audio CDs.
Users who are interested in the full changelog can take a look at it here, but be warned, it contains more than one hundred entries.
VLC Media Player 1.1 is as always available for Windows, Mac OSX and various GNU/Linux distributions. Binaries and source code releases are offered for download at the official VCL website. A portable version of VLC 1.1 is also available for download in zip and 7z format.
Update: The latest release version at the time of writing is VLC Player 1.1.11 which is also available for download on the official VLC website. The developers are currently working on version 2.0 of the media player. You can read up on the latest development with a click on the following link: Get Ready For VLC Media Player 2.0. It is likely that the final version will be released in February 2012.
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