VLC is a popular open source media playback application. It is primarily known for the fact that it supports a plethora of file formats. VideoLAN, the folks behind VLC, have release a new VLC 2.1 “Rincewind” update today which is a major new version of this popular media player. It brings a number of new features and improvements. Notably, VLC version 2.1 brings support for 4K video playback, so if you have a 4K quality media file and a display capable of handling the resolution, you can now use VLC to play back that particular file.

The update also improves audio support as there’s a new rendering pipeline for audio with better efficiency, volume and device management. It comes with fixes more nearly 1,000 bugs. The Android port of VLC now supports greater number of devices than it previously used to, same goes for the official iOS port. There’s also a partial port available for Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1. For mobile ports, there are new audio, video outputs and interfaces. 4K resolution videos aren’t exactly common right now, so they’re definitely hear to stay. 4K compatible displays and televisions, though relatively expensive right now, are slowly but surely making their way into users’ lives. Good on VideoLAN for making VLC future-proof.

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