VLC, the multi-platform video player on Mac, Windows, and Linux, will soon release a big new version 2.0. But you don't have to wait until the official release--a release candidate version has just hit the Interwebs for you to try.

The Mac OS X version received a big overhaul, starting with a black-barred application window that clearly takes cues from iTunes. The new version also brings native full-screen mode support to Lion and experimental support for Blu-Ray playback.

The Windows version didn't receive as many UI changes, but it will come in a new 64-bit edition. The new version includes a new subtitle manager, and it now supports multiple files in a single RAR archive. The changelog also has a tidbit about porting VLC to iOS and Android--yes please.

You can check out all the new shiny bits behind VLC 2.0 by downloading the release candidate for your PowerPC and 32- and 64-bit Intel Macs, or for Windows (32-bit only for now) systems. Note that you won't be able to update your existing version to the release candidate and you will have to install it separately.

[VideoLAN and VLC Change log via 9to5Mac and Lifehacker]

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