VideoLan’s VLC 1.1.0 is released, adding GPU hardware decoding under Linux using VAAPI and Windows using DXVA2, leaving Mac yet to be optimized for GPU decoding (which, ironicall, is the OS that actually desperately needs a GPU-accelerated player, since Win7 and Linux already have many alternatives).
Other major improvements include support for MKV HD, additional codecs such as MPEG-4 lossless and VP8, extensions (add-ons and script frameworks), better steaming capabilities.
Please note that under Windows, only NVidia GPUs are currently supported for GPU-decoding, while ATI cards are currently not. However, VideoLan has confirmed that the next version of VLC 1.1.1 will support GPU-decoding also on ATI cards with upcoming ATI calalyst 10.7.
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