HD-ready VLC media player released

Everybody's favourite open source video player, VLC, has been given a major update and a new lick of paint.

The multi-codec movie muncher, which is famous for having a go at playing just about any video format on the planet on multiple platforms, even if the file is borked, and all for free, has now reached version 1.1.0.

New features include GPU decoding on Windows Vista and 7, using DxVA2 for H.264, VC-1 and MPEG-2; GPU decoding on GNU/Linux, using VAAPI for H.264, VC-1 and MPEG-2; and DSP decoding using OpenMax IL, for compatible embedded devices.

The latest iteration also adds improved support for MKV HD, including seeking fixes, and 7.1 channels codecs.

Other new codecs include those for Blu-Ray subtitles, MPEG-4 lossless and VP8 video.

The everyman media player, which is maintained and distributed by a group of volunteers called VideoLAN, boasts up to 40 per cent speed improvements in HD video playback and better audio.

There's also a shiny new traffic cone logo, which is always nice.

Go grab it here.