VLC 1.1.12 will be released within the next week. Most importantly, it includes a fix for the optical audio output (S/PDIF) on OS X Lion, so you can enjoy your multi-channel movies again in a proper way. Additionally, VLC no longer crashes when using the Japanese locale.
To give it a try, feel free to fetch a pre-release build from nightlies.videolan.org. Please note that these pre-release builds require Mac OS X 10.6 or later. The actual release still supports OS X 10.5 Leopard of course.
Similar to the playlist view on Windows and Linux, VLC for Mac will get a sidebar in version 1.2. This way, you can easily access your media folders and media shared on the local network and the internet. Future versions will evolve to a full media library.
That’s what it looks like so far:
More media aggregators will be added until the release. As you would expect, of course you can hide this sidebar if you just need a playlist without any clutter.
In addition to the previously announced improvements, VLC will also make use of OS X Lion’s native fullscreen mode. This way, VLC runs in a separate virtual desktop to your other apps, which simplifies multi-tasking quite a bit. Instead of VLC’s usual fullscreen button, you’ll see Lion’s native control in the upper left corner of VLC’s video window:
If you don’t like the native mode, especially since it can be less useful when using multiple physical screens, you can choose to continue to use VLC’s own fullscreen mechanism.
The completely re-worked interface of VLC for Mac will feature a so-called Drop Zone in VLC 1.2. It will always appear within the main window in case that your playlist is empty. While a similar feature was hidden in the timeline background of current VLC releases, we hope that this will make VLC even easier to use.
Click here to have a look at a detail of the new main window.
As part of my Google Summer of Code project, I had a look at VLC’s open panel on Mac OS X. After simplying and re-arranging the file tab and adding new options to the Capture tab (used to access webcams and other video input devices), I re-wrote the disk tab which allows you to open DVDs, etc.
Starting with the current nightly builds, VLC can autodetect your inserted media as DVD, Audio CD, VCD or SVCD, and well, yes, as Bluray disk. There is no longer a need to select the type of disk, while all previously available features are still there if you need them.
With these changes, VLC’s “advanced” open dialog should be more appealing and quite a bit more obvious to use. To see what it looks like, click here.
Another update for VLC will be available shortly. Here are the Mac-specific improvements with a main focus on full compatibility with Mac OS X Lion. While some GUI fixes and improved handling of the Apple Remote were already silently added to VLC 1.1.9 and 1.1.10, here are some more noticable:
- Fixed scrolling direction if the input device’s signal is inverted
- Updated the auhal audio output to the latest API
- Disabled window restoration for privacy reasons
Regrettably, the screen input module will remain unavailable in VLC’s 1.1 series for Mac OS X Lion.
Additionally, this update will include these fixes for all Mac OS X versions:
- Resolved conflict between iTunes and VLC with regard to Media Key handling
- If enabled in VLC, it will respond to the keys as long as it is the front application. If not, iTunes/QuickTimePlayer will.
- If disabled in VLC, iTunes/QuickTimePlayer will always respond to the keys.
- Fixed playback of MPEG TS files in the ports for PowerPC and Intel (32-Bit)
- VLC’s 64bit port was not affected
- Fixed images disappearing on the interface
- Reduced installation size by up to 30 MB
- Updated codecs
For more details on this update and the important cross-platform changes, please have a look at the release notes, which will be available upon public release.
Update (July 16th): VLC 1.1.11 is now available from videolan.org or through VLC’s internal updater.
In preparation of a future Mac OS X release, I’ve updated VLC’s audio output module for Mac OS X to the latest API. Feel free to get a nightly build and report any problems you might have.
Of course, these builds can be installed alongsite your current VLC installation.
Edit: updated builds posted at 4:30 PM CEST.
As part of the modernization of the Mac OS X interface, one of the major aspects is the feature synchronization between the Qt4 interface used on Windows & Linux and the Mac front-end. A bigger deficit of the current Mac versions is the lack of direct access to various effects included within VLC. Previous posts demonstrate panels for Audio Effects and Track Synchronization. Today, you’ll get an insight on the new Video Effects panel, if you click here.
Like the other features, this panel will be part of VLC 1.2 later this year.
As you might already know, I am working on a redesigned new Mac OS X interface throughout the next couple of months as part of Google’s Summer of Code 2011. The actually user visible design is done by the French UI artist Damien Erambert.
While most of the work will focus on the video playback window and the playlist, he also had a look at the fullscreen controller panel, which you can see on flickr.
This newly created design was submitted to VLC’s development branch today. The minor bugs are supposed to be squashed of course.
As a new feature, the fullscreen controller panel will adapt to your screen size. On very large and wide displays such as the iMac’s 24″ and 27″, the current controller looks quite lost and too tiny, so we decided to enlarge it appropriately. If you don’t have such a huge screen, you won’t notice any difference.
Shortly after version 1.1.10, today we published VLC 184.108.40.206. This is an OS X-only release with the following improvements:
- Fixed disappearing repeat buttons when changing playback mode
- Fixed Freebox TV playback
- Dramatically reduced installation size (up to 30 MB on Universal Binary installations)
- Fixed potential execution problems
Additionally, I’m currently working on a Video Effects panel for VLC 1.2, which will make all the options available currently known from the Windows and Linux ports. Screenshots to be posted shortly.