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02 July 2012, 12:04

VLC Media Player 2.0.2 adds Retina display support

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VLC logo On Sunday, the VideoLAN project released the second point update to version 2.0 of its popular VLC Media Player. According to its developers, the major update to the open source media player software fixes "a lot of regressions" in the 2.0.x branch – which has already been downloaded more than 100 million times – and introduces several new features for the Mac OS X port.

On Mac OS X, the overall performance of the application has been improved and the user interface has been updated to be "on-par with the classic VLC interface". VLC 2.0.2 includes support for the new Retina display (HiDPI) in Apple's latest MacBook Pro laptop, and it is now said to respect the aspect ratio as it did in the 1.1.x branch. The crop features have been enhanced and the "go automatically to fullscreen" feature has been re-implemented.

Zoom On Mac OS X, VLC 2.0.2 supports the Retina Display (HiDPI) in Apple's newest MacBook Pro
Source: Felix Kühne
Other, non-Mac-specific, changes include better auto-detection for subtitles, the addition of support for H264 v4l2 devices on Linux, and enhanced support for HLS, Blu-Ray and other codecs. Video playback issues on older graphic cards used by some Windows and Mac OS X systems have also been fixed. In all, the developers say that VLC 2.0.2 "fixes a couple of hundreds of bugs, and adds more than 500 commits on top of 2.0.1".

In a blog post, VLC Mac OS X port developer Felix Kühne notes that the 2.0.2 update fixes an Ogg-related heap-based buffer overflow and a vulnerability (CVE-2012-2396) that could be used to cause a denial-of-service (DoS) when opening a specially crafted MP4 file. However, at the time of writing, no details on these are available from the project's security advisories page, and the NEWS file has yet to be updated.

More details about the update, including an overview of VLC's features, can be found in the release notes. VLC 2.0.2 can be downloaded for various operating systems including Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Binaries and source code for VLC are licensed under the GPLv2.

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