The good news?  VideoLAN, the multi-purpose, cross platform, open source video encoder/decoder was updated this week to a 64-bit version 1.02 (yes we’re aware of Perian).  Download the 64-bit version here.  While you shouldn’t expect to see too much speed improvement or CPU optimization from the new code, the upgrade does improve overall performance and plugs a few security holes. Note from the site:

After almost 2 months and 27 million downloads of VLC 1.0.1, the VLC team is proud to present the third version of the Goldeneye branch of VLC: 1.0.2!

This version introduces many fixes, notably for SSA decoding, v4l2, MacOS interface, ogg/theora, x264 modules and security issues. It also introduces the port to 64bits for Mac OS platform and 2 new languages (Kazakh and Croatian).
Because of the security issues, we strongly recommand everybody to update its version of VLC.

[also version 1.0.0 and on doesn’t support Tiger]

The bad news? 

If you rip DVDs with Handbrake, the upgrade will ‘break’ the application’s ability to use VLC for decoding DVDs, effectively rendering the program useless.  Fortunately, there is a 64-bit beta snapshot available to those willing to try out some beta software (Use the GUI interface – GIT version).  While it was able to rip a DVD for us (and a bit speedier we might add), it popped up the following warning which might dissuade more than a few software adventurers:

After all of that, however, we were able to burn an encryped DVD by cancelling the scan.  Our testing so far has been limited, we’d love to hear how it has been going for you out there.

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