The latest update to the ubiquitous open-source media player VLC is here, and it comes with native support for Apple Silicon Mac computers – newer versions of the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac Mini with Apple’s own M1 processor. VLC 3.0.12 also includes some visual tweaks to bring it forward in line with Big Sur, the latest version of MacOS.
Mac apps do not desperately require native updates to work with M1 processors, as the Apple Silicon Mac includes Rosetta 2, a translation layer that allows compiled software for x86 processors to be a surprise look at the new arm-based hardware Lets run well. But for an app like VLC, which many users rely heavily on for playback of 4K or 8K video files, performance and efficiency improvements can be notable.
Noted by 9to5MacThe new VLC is not a universal binary, which is to say that arm-optimized code is not yet included by default. The regular VLC app has to be updated to 3.0.12, then again to 184.108.40.206 on Apple Silicon Mac to get the customized version.
Version 3.0.12 also has some minor features and tweaks for VLC on other platforms, including improved Blu-ray tracks support and fixing some crashes when using Direct3D11 on Windows.