Popular macOS media player VLC was updated on Tuesday to version 3.0.12, adding native support for Apple Silicon Macs. VLC 3.0.12 is the thirteenth update of “Vetinari”
VLC 3.0.12 is now out!
Support for Apple Silicon (Mac M1) and Big Sur, improvements for DASH, RIST, Bluray support, fixes for macOS audio, Windows GPU, crashes and security issues.https://t.co/3zAr8VgzbL pic.twitter.com/TAU8ayKEBU
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VLC version 3 features include:
- Hardware decoding by default, to get 4K and 8K playback!
- Support for 10bits and HDR
- VLC supports 360 video and 3D audio, up to Ambisonics 3rd order
- Allows audio passthrough for HD audio codecs
- Can stream to Chromecast devices, even in formats not supported natively
- Can play Blu-Ray Java menus: BD-J
- VLC supports browsing of local network drives and NAS
VLC version 3.0.12 fixes include:
- dd native support for Apple Silicon
- Fix audio distortion when starting playback on macOS
- Fix crashes with Direct3D video filters
- Fix adaptive streaming resolution settings handling
- Add support for RIST protocol
- Visual improvements on macOS Big Sur
- Several web interface fixes
- YouTube &Vocaroo scripts updates
- And some security issues
VLC 3.0 is a free downloaded for Mac from the VideoLan website.
As pointed out by 9to5Mac, VLC is not yet offered with a universal binary, which means that the app now has two different versions: one for Intel Macs and one for M1 Macs. Once you update the VLC app for macOS to version 3.0.12, you must check for updates again and install version 220.127.116.11 — which is compiled for ARM machines.