After rolling out a fresh iOS version of its popular media playing application, the team at VideoLAN is preparing to release another major update to the desktop VLC Media Player.
VLC Player 2.1.0 is in pre-release state, but the development team is making it available to the general population nonetheless.
Accompanied by a mile-long changelog, VLC Player 2.1.0 Pre-1 brings platform-specific fixes, including some for Mac users. For example, this update adds Hardware Acceleration support on Mac OS X for H.264 based upon VDADecoder.
VideoLAN mentions that the licenses of numerous modules have changed from GPLv2+ to LGPLv2.1+, and that the audio component of the player has been rewritten.
SQL support has been removed, but users now get partial support for fragmented MP4 files. Both VLC 2.1.0 Pre-1 and the latest stable version (2.0.7) are available at the link below.