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Popular media player VLC for macOS was today updated to version 3.0.12, bringing native support for Apple silicon Macs, including Apple's latest M1-equipped MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini models.

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VLC 3's capabilities include automatic hardware decoding for 4K and 8K playback, support for 10-bit HDR, 360-degree video and 3D audio, and Chromecast streaming with support for non-native formats, so the fact that the app's now optimized for Apple silicon should bring some considerable performance and energy efficiency benefits when using these features.

In addition to adding native support for Apple silicon, 3.0.12 includes visual improvements to bring it into line with the macOS Big Sur design signature and fixes to audio distortion when starting playback.


As noted by 9to5Mac, the new VLC isn't a yet a universal binary, so the M1-optimized code isn't part of the app package. However, if you run VLC on Apple Silicon and select VLC Media Player -> Check for Update..., you will be offered the subsequent 3.0.12.1 update that actually installs the native application on your Mac.

VLC 3.0 is a free downloaded for Mac from the VideoLan website. Apple recently shared a list of popular apps optimized for Macs with the M1 chip that are also available in the Mac App Store, such as Pixelmator Pro, Adobe Lightroom, Affinity Designer, Darkroom, Fantastical, BBEdit, Instapaper, and Twitter.

Article Link: VLC Media Player for macOS Updated With Native M1 Support
 

diddl14

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"including Apple's latest M1-equipped MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini models."
so basically all M1 Macs :rolleyes:
 

ArPe

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I’m behind the times and haven’t used VLC for about 15 years. Can it play all Blu-ray movies? If so what Blu-ray drive is best for using with a MBP?
 

2ilent8cho

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Cool, will get a package made for JAMF Self Service today then, we have 20 M1 Mac's now in our fleet, have been holding off updating the VLC package until this happened :)
 
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xXRainKingXx

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They still need to update the icon to a rounded square icon so it matches the other Big Sur apps.
 
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NewUsername

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I wonder why VLC makes separate builds for Intel and Apple Silicon instead of putting them together in a Universal Binary. Google Chrome and Zoom do the same. All other apps just distribute a single Universal Binary.
 
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haruhiko

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Good news. But I have to first update to the 3.0.12 version which is not M1-optimised, and then run the update again to update to 3.0.12.1 with M1 support.
 

MacinMan

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no M1 support for the latest version of IINA. And I'm in the beta channel. It is running on Rosetta 2.
OK, when I updated to the latest stable, I know they had given it a Big Sur style icon, and thought they had given it M1 support as well. My main media player is Movist Pro, and I know that has been updated. Though IINA had as well.
 

Squuiid

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VLC 3.0 is a free downloaded for Mac from the VideoLan website. Apple recently shared a list of popular apps optimized for Macs with the M1 chip that are also available in the Mac App Store, such as Pixelmator Pro, Adobe Lightroom, Affinity Designer, Darkroom, Fantastical, BBEdit, Instapaper, and Twitter.
Your link above leads to the old 3.0.0 version page which does not have the new features/fixes.
Probably worth changing to avoid confusion.
Old version: https://www.videolan.org/vlc/releases/3.0.0.html
New version: https://www.videolan.org/vlc/
or: https://www.videolan.org/vlc/releases/
or: https://www.videolan.org/vlc/releases/3.0.12.html
 

Nozgog

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I wonder why VLC makes separate builds for Intel and Apple Silicon instead of putting them together in a Universal Binary. Google Chrome and Zoom do the same. All other apps just distribute a single Universal Binary.
I think in order to avoid additional space usage. I guess if the developer doesn’t mind the extra work it might be a smart choice for Intel and M1 users not having a both binaries.
 
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