VLC

VLC Media Player is a powerful, cross-platform multimedia player from the VideoLAN non-profit organization that plays “most multimedia files as well as DVDs, audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.” Other features include subtitle support, extensive controls over video display, video and audio filters, deinterlace, transcoding, metering, a customizable user interface (“skins”), support for a huge collection of media formats and protocols, and much more.

VLC Vetinari was a major update, bringing support for hardware decoding (“to get 4K and 8K playback!”); 10-bit and HDR material; 360 video and 3D audio (“up to Ambisoncics 3rd order”) and “audio passthrough for HD audio codecs”; streaming to Chromecast (“even in formats not supported natively”); browsing of local network drives and NAS, playback of Blu-Ray Java menus, and quite a bit more.

VLC Media Player 3.0.10 is free, open-source donationware for OS X 10.7 and up, as well as Linux, Windows and Android. (Older versions are also available for earlier Macs.)

VLC Media Player’s latest release includes security patches, Catalina tweaks, and other improvements.

  • Multiple DVD fixes & improvements
  • Better adaptive streaming support
  • Fix video rendering on macOS
  • Various MP4 improvements
  • Better macOS Catalina support
  • Adds support for SMB2/3 shares
  • It also fixes security issues notably various DOSes in the microDNS service discovery
  • And a dozen more issues…

VLC for Mobile 3.2.8 is free for iOS 9 and up, with support for cloud sync (Dropbox, GDrive, OneDrive, Box, iCloud Drive, iTunes), direct downloads and through WiFi sharing, as well as streaming from SMB, FTP, UPnP/DLNA media servers and the web.