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vlc 2.0

VLC 2.0 "Twoflower" has been released with faster decoding, support for more video formats, a reworked web interface, experimental BluRay Discs support (without menus) and more.

VLC 2.0 highlights:
  • Major Video Core and Outputs rework and rewrite
  • Almost every video filter can now be transcoded
  • Experimental Blu-Ray Discs support using libbluray
  • Support for VDR recordings folders
  • HTTP Live Streaming playback support
  • Mpris v2 support so it can make use of the Ubuntu Sound Menu, etc.
  • PulseAudio audio input support
  • One can now use ffmpeg-mt in conjunction with vlc, to split decoding load on multiple cores. H.264, VP3, VP8, JPEG-2000, Mpeg-4 ASP/DivX and RV3/RV4 are notably concerned.
  • Experimental Hardware decoding using Broadcom CrystalHD cards
  • New module for decoding EBU subtitles (.stl)
  • Support for Lagarith Lossless video codec
  • Support for images/cover art in wma/wmv/asf files
  • Improvements in .ape files metadata reading and writing
  • Major improvements in Matroska (mkv) chapters/segments handling and seeking
  • Multiple Qt interface and Skins2 improvements
  • Rewrite of the web interface, using jQuery
  • Support for Vorbis and Theora in RTP
Complete list of changes, HERE.

Install VLC 2.0 in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot

The latest stable VLC 2.0 can be installed in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot using the commands below:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:n-muench/vlc
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install vlc

To upgrade from an older VLC version, instead of the last command above, use:
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

If you get a mplayer related error, reinstall mplayer and it should work.

VLC 2.0 is already available in the Ubuntu 12.04 repositories, so if you're using Precise, install VLC via Synaptic / Software Center.

Update: here's a how-to on getting encrypted blu-ray discs to work on VLC 2.0, for Windows, Mac and Linux - see HERE. Note that using the PPA in this post, libaacs.so.0 should already be installed.

Keep in mind that Blu-ray is considered experimental in the latest VLC 2.0, so it may not work with all discs or it may be buggy.

Unfortunately, there's no stable VLC PPA for older Ubuntu versions.

via LFFL