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VLC Media Player To Receive VDPAU Support

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| Back when NVIDIA introduced VDPAU they had provided a set of patches that 
| implemented this video API within the MPlayer and FFmpeg projects.  
| [...]
| The VLC project currently has two developers working on implementing this 
| video API that currently is only used by NVIDIA's binary driver. 


Return of the Xvid: check your outputs!

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| That project succeeded in creating an MPEG-4 codec, but then some developers 
| decided to keep further modifications for themselves (ProjectMayo’s code was 
| not released under the GPL, you see) and created the DivX company, seller of 
| the DivX codec, and several tools. They are quite rooted into Free software 
| though, providing some Linux binaries of the codec (but not very often, due 
| to a lack of demand), used to promote Virtualdub as an encoding tool, and 
| released their main tool Doctor DivX under the GPL a while back. Dr. DivX can 
| work with codes OTHER than DivX, amongst which is Xvid.       



Xine Picks Up Support For NVIDIA's VDPAU

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| It was just a month ago that NVIDIA had introduced the Video Decode and
| Presentation API for Unix that brought PureVideo-like features to Linux and
| as our early benchmarks showed this video API did an effective job at
| offloading video-related tasks to the graphics card that otherwise would be
| handled by the CPU. Last week we then took a $20 processor and $30 graphics
| card and managed to play HD videos on Linux quite well when using VDPAU.


Free Software We're Most Thankful For

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| The 46 Free Desktop Software Applications, Webapps, and Projects We're Most
| Thankful For
|    1. Firefox (see also: The Power User's Guide to Firefox 3)
|    2. VLC Media Player (see also: Master Your Digital Media with VLC)
|    3. Ubuntu (see also: Hardy Heron Makes Linux Worth Another Look)


VLC. The swiss army knife of video viewing.

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| Windows users are especially familiar with this. You come across a video file
| that you wish to see and click on it. Waiting in anticipation for the visual
| candy to delight your eyes you are disappointed to be greeted with a message
| similar to this. Codec not installed. Often the program offers to search for
| the missing codec and install it for you. Then comes the real heart breaker.
| The codec is not to be found!


VLC goes to nine point two

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| Sometimes I get the feeling that I only know about 5% of what VLC can do.
| Everyone knows it's a dependable, free, cross-platform media player. But read
| through the release notes for the latest version, 0.9.2, and you will see a
| dizzying array of server, network streaming, and conversion functions, most
| of which I have never even touched -- and the new VLC exposes a lot more of
| that functionality.
| [...]
| But even with those quibbles, VLC is easier to use and does a more consistent
| job of exposing its functionality than either MPlayer of Xine. VLC's
| interface does not get in your way, and you do not have to read a tutorial to
| get started with it. It just works. Add to that the fact that VLC is robust
| on all three major desktop OSes, and you have a winner.


Slick VLC Media Player Out In a New Version

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| In the new version, VLC Media Player remains small and lightweight enough to
| carry on a USB thumb drive. There is a full features list for every supported
| platform here. Under input formats and decoders on the list, you can get a
| good sense of the vast number of formats that VLC Media Player supports,
| inlcuding many that proprietary players don't support. (The Ogg format is
| supported.)


VLC gets a new look on Windows and Linux

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| After two years in development, VLC, the universal media player, has moved
| from the 0.8.x versions to version 0.9.2. The release, named "Grishenko", is
| available for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and other operating systems, is
| available to download from the Videolan web site. The most visible new
| feature in the Windows and Linux versions is a new user interface. The new
| interface uses Qt4, replacing the previous wxWidgets-based interface as the
| default interface and allowing for better internationalisation and a richer
| set of graphical controls.

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