If you want to play video or music files in just about any format, VLC media player is probably your answer.
Media player and more
VLC media player is the most stable, flexible and lightweight audio and video player around today, especially when compared to others that will play unusual formats after downloading a codec, or simply refuse to play things.
The program handles tons of formats, from MPEG to FLV and RMBV files. V10 bit codes plus multi-threaded decoding for H.264, MPEG-4/Xvid and WebM, as well as the ability to play HD and BluRay.
Also useful is the fact that you can use VLC media player to preview files you are downloading since it plays incomplete parts of video files. VLC media player is not just for video playback however. It also offers superb integration with video channel streaming services such as Channels.com giving you access to channels such as ESPN, Reuters and National Geographic. Just right-click or CMD-click on the playlist, select Services Discovery and Channels.com.
Channels.com will then appear in your VLC media player playlist. Click on it to reveal the the different categories of channels available. Click on the category you want and a drop down list of all available channels appears in VLC media player. Just click on the channel you want to watch and streaming should begin almost immediately.
How does it work?
VLC media player also has great hotkey support and if you take the time to learn the shortcuts so it can be controlled without touching your mouse. If you're watching DVDs or video files through it, this is not an issue. For music, it plays more or less any file and features an equalizer and playlist creation. VLC media player isn't as intuitive as iTunes as a media manager, but it's a much more flexible player in terms of file formats. You can even use VLC to convert your files, and on top of all the formats and physical media it will play, many streaming protocols and TV capture cards are supported.
VLC media player makes it easy to add subtitles to your video files too - just add the SRT file to the folder where your video is kept, and it will automatically play with subtitles.
Finally, the interface in VLC media player has been somewhat improved in version 2 although it remains strictly functional. However, you can download skins to completely change VLC media player's appearance. The preferences menu is comprehensive without being overwhelming, and there is extensive documentation online.
Complete and free
VLC Media Player is quite simply the best multimedia application for Windows and Mac. It plays just about anything, hassle free - what more could you need?
- Pros +
- Supports a wide range of formats
- Good hotkey support
- Easy to use
- Very flexible and lightweight
- Integration with web channel streaming services
- Improved interface in version 2
- More format support in version 2
- Plays BluRay and HD
- Cons -
- User interface is quite basic
- User interface slicker in Mac version
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- File size:
- 27.5 MB
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- Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1
- Players > Multimedia
User rating:242 User reviews
excellent piece of free software, have been using it for years :-)))))
Hi, Just a day back i downloaded VLC media player and I my sulking time is over because I had a huge collection of documentaries which would not play with any other players in my PC. With VLC player I can play everything that never played before on my computer! The best thing is that it was a quick fix and just a click away and I was able to download it in a matter of few minutes. Moreover, it is absolutely free! So it saved the trouble of saying free, then asking for registration/ subscription/trial and what not! What I also like about my VLC player is that the videos with low audios are very audible now, well I can raise the volume to a whopping 200! I can use various functions, say like, pause, volume up-down, with my keyboard and don’t have to look for the cursor and deviate my mind from my video, even if it is for a few precious seconds. Nobody likes unwanted breaks in their movies. I like the features where I can load any language sub-tiles, record my favorite movie clip and post it for my friends! Or take snapshots of my favorite stars, spots, location for my wallpapers. Apparently, it is loaded with so many features that you would want to try them all, like visual effects, you know the color effects we use on our pics? Well you can view the whole movie in your personalized style. Now who wouldn’t wana try that out? I did see zero dark thirty in black and white. Suits the mood. I can go on about my experiences but I will leave it to you to explore and have fun with super easy, user friendly VLC player. One tip, pop some popcorn before.
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