The open source media player VLC has announced some new updates to their player that will allow you to use it easier. Not only is the player a free solution for your media playback needs. It’s easy to use interface may make it your go to player. Recently, VLC also released updates that make it even more desirable for the mobile user.
VLC Interface and the Cloud
Probably the biggest news for the VLC interface is you can now stream your media files without having to download them to your phone or tablet. Thanks to the new updates, you can access your files from your Dropbox account and play them directly from your cloud storage. You can also access your Google Drive account directly from the VLC player; however, at this time you cannot stream directly from the Google Drive account. You will still have to download the files first.
The updated features of the VLC player include:
- Rewritten Wi-Fi upload
- Multi-track audio handling
- Ability to store FTP server bookmarks
- Dropbox streaming without downloading files
- Google Drive interface
- Support for more streaming formats and protocols
- New UI for iOS 7
- Better UPnP integration with download support
- Repeated playback
Users of the VLC interface also get improved privacy and security. The new player has instant passcode lock to keep you safe. VLC also supports captions and subtitles, allows for aspect ratio adjustment, and background audio playback.
One of the other updated features of the VLC player is the multi-touch gestures. With the new gestures, you can simply tap the screen to make adjustments. With a tap on the screen, anywhere, you pause the playback. To end the playback and close VLC simply pinch the screen. Swiping left or right on the screen skips the playback forward or backwards. Swiping up or down on the left hand side of the screen will adjust the brightness while swiping up or down on the right hand side of the screen adjusts the volume.
The VLC player is available for both Android and iOS operating systems. The updated VLC app is available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices. VLC is working on an app for Android based operating systems but it is still in the Beta stages and does not have all the features of the updated iOS app.