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VLC Media Player 2.2.8

In late November, VideoLAN released VLC 2.2.7 to address a compatibility issue with macOS 10.13 High Sierra and resolve a regression in ASS subtitle decoding. The open-source media player also fixed an AVI read/write overflow, resolved an issue with AAC 7.1 channel detection, and addressed a crash with the libavcodec module (VLC’s built-in decoding engine). A subsequent version 2.2.8 fixed a single bug.

VLC 2.2.7 also fixed a crash in the app’s update mechanism, which may make auto-updating from older versions of VLC to version 2.2.8 fail. If that’s true for you, download the latest version from the VideoLAN Web site. (Free, 35.1 MB, release notes)


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