VLC Media Player

My favorite media and video player just recently updated and added some great features. Bottom line, it is the best. Plays every kind of video even FLVs. Get it!

http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

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6 years ago
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102 Comments

3 years ago
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4 years ago
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4 years ago
Nice site, nice and easy on the eyes and great content too.
@lemetre is right, I have noticed that it always seems to cut my files short. I like the way Quicktime freezes on the final frame, but overall I prefer VLC.
lemetre
4 years ago
vlc FTW! :)
i tried every player under the sun, but i keep going back to good ol' vlc.

no codec pack which potentially screws with your system needed, fast loading, recording/transcoding, efficient interface.

it lacks just one thing for absolute perfection:

is there a player out there that combines vlc's awesomeness with the frameaccurate transport of the (otherwise not so great) quicktime player?
i need a FAST starting player (like vlc) with which i can transport frame by frame either with the scrollbar or with the arrow keys.

so far only quicktime can do this. but it`s such an "apple product"... (slow, veeeery limited, costly - at least for the performance)
the only thing GREAT about it is said transport.

vlc has two major bugs/shortcomings:

-it can`t transport frame accurate as i need it to
-it cuts every file short! at least the later versions do, not sure if it did this always.

any hints to an alternative highly appreciated ^_^
thanks
6 years ago
Cool; I use it too. It allows me to get videos off YouTube and on to my iPod for free!
AndrewYY
6 years ago
funnily enough, it plays pretty much everything but the default after effects render setting :p It will tend to get the channels wrong, though that may be my configuration.

I love this for playing MKV files and VOB files. It gets the different audio tracks, and even overlays the subtitles!
Jesper Steen
6 years ago
KMPlayer is still the best according to me.
Terence Ho
6 years ago
trying it out
Anthony
6 years ago
wow this player is great, i always thought something was wrong with my converter but now i know its just the media player(quicktime) that was messed up.
6 years ago
I like VLC, but can not make 3D Playlist like ALLPlayer and can not get automatic subtitles from opensubtitles.org.

There is cool blog that shows this allplayer.wordpress.com
conceptx
6 years ago
I had been very skeptical about VLC but... if Mr. President says its good... I guess I will try it ;)
Thanks for everything Andrew
mina maher
6 years ago
thank you andrew
6 years ago
I love K-Lite
Media Player classic
Jake
6 years ago
I love VLC. Been using for forever.
6 years ago
Yes, I have been using it for my Mac to play movies that required certain codecs. I just got it for my PC also to replace Windows Media Player.
smail
6 years ago
oh yes i think i understand what you mean M andrew . the new VLC player is really good !!!
smail
6 years ago
hi
yes VLC player is a good media player because it is fast and can read almost everything (rmvb) without codec BUT ,it needs a lot of filters and a good integration with subtitles and a attractive Original interface to be in the level of KMplayer ..the mediaPlayer that lack one thing Speeeeeed.

PS:sorry for my English .
Gianluca Salerno
6 years ago
VLC is really good, but hasn't the possibility to grab...
I think that many people are agree with me.
But it reads all the formats (also .mkv)!
Dave
6 years ago
Man I installed this and the next thing I know Firefox completely to a dirt nap. I had to reinstall Firefox clean, losing all my bookmarks.

Not 100% sure this was the cause but it happened right after I installed it.
Chris
6 years ago
I personally prefer VLC Media Player!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Try it out you'll see why it's better.
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
Ryback
6 years ago
I use both, vlc and mediaplayer classic. Great player but prefer mc.
madmanali93
6 years ago
i hve been using vlc for a long time and i can say that there is no video format it cant open
6 years ago
Still a bit buggy, but one of the best freeware media players out there for sure.
6 years ago
Hey question.. I use K-lite mega codec pack, but i didnt install/use the windows player CLASSIC version. Is there a reason why the classic version is better that WMP 11? Thanks!
6 years ago
Latest Mac version, WMV files still play like bad. Other than that it's a good player.
David
6 years ago
Thanks, I was still using the old version.
also, giv media player classic a try. It can do pretty much the same stuff, but also can go frame by frame and slow motion
6 years ago
VLC is my favorite player too. and the last version is better.
andi
6 years ago
I don't get why everybody loves VLC. The only good thing is it plays most formats, but it doesn't exactly play them well. It's not frame accurate, so doing frame-by-frame is useless, when you press pause it stops it like half a second after you pressed the button, skipping forward and back with any accuracy is out the window, etc etc. Media Player Classic plays *almost* everything and gives you so much more control over playback, not to mention it's more lightweight. I use VLC only when something doesn't play in that.
dom
6 years ago
my bad k-codec pack
dom
6 years ago
dude thats cool but weve been usen vcl for a year now ...
try something calld k-lite codek pack here a hint yo can play flvs on windows media player cool stuff
john
6 years ago
thanks...
tizi
6 years ago
hello cool
tizi
6 years ago
awesome stuff
D4 Manager
6 years ago
Good thing about VLC is it even can play a spoiled video file which, I think, others cant. I use both VLC and K-lite (Media Classic Player).
Ruaridh
6 years ago
I have to say perian (from a mac only perspective)!

But VLC is very good nevertheless.
Travis
6 years ago
I use command prompt :\.. jk

I will have to agree with Andrew on this... I think VLC is a very nice program
Moca MX
6 years ago
I use K-Lite with Windows Media Classic
Simple and plays everything
Jan
6 years ago
vlc and foobar and qt, meow!
Nic
6 years ago
I agree with VLC but unless I have something set incorrectly, the sound produced when playing mp3's by it is not as good as WMV player or QT.
David
6 years ago
Cool! I can't wait for those other tutorials. It's like if you knew The Sopranos was gonna back, but you didn't know when.

Neat!
Ali
6 years ago
my tooo ^^
Vexx
6 years ago
I use VLC media player too. but when i try import a movie clip that VLC file it says it CANT ! only quicktime file types can it upload to AE cs3. is it the same for you guys ?
6 years ago
@Zvi: I totally agree! I used VLC a long time but then i switched over to KMPlayer. Its cleaner, supports same filetypes as VLC (and even some more that noone ever noticed before) and doesnt take much resources.

you can get the latest beta version here:
http://www.kmplayer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=49312#post49312
6 years ago
Andrew sorry, I know that I can get very explosive in the way I communicate.
Just Amit
6 years ago
By the way,

I don't mean to be a bother but any word on when the T-shirts go for sale?
highdefw
6 years ago
VLC and Quicktime are my players.
Nikolaus
6 years ago
i know this player. i use it every day :-)
leo
6 years ago
Polish player - BestPlayer is the best
http://www.bestplayer.com.pl/
no instalation, automaticly download film cover, have some video tools like: brightness, contrast, color gamma
Tharso
6 years ago
Like Pev said .. The KMPlayer is the best player nowadays .. There is no compare.trust.. just use it !!
lifetype
6 years ago
happy vlc user for years
Leonardo Koakowski
6 years ago
Yea, ive been using it for a while, since it plays .flv and .mp4's, and has the easiest interface..
Shouryu
6 years ago
I prefer media player classic (MPC):
http://sourceforge.net/projects/guliverkli/
The reason for this is that it can be customized to my likings, like I can skip X frames with a click. It seems to take all the codecs with a smile. According to fansubbers, they say that MPC is better to render subtitles that are soft-subbed (srt files), or MKV files with soft-subtitles.
I've heard that VLC aren't that good with subtitles (have anyone heard anything on that?)-
MPC can also take real files and other things as long as you got the codec installed.
However, I use VLC on my school computer. It seems find, got problem with text rendering though. It's good when you don't need all the codecs, and don't have enough hard-drive space for them :).
Hopefully they'll fix the minor bugs soon ^^
Some Guy
6 years ago
I always used the VLC and the new update is really great. Now I can jump forward in FLVs and WMVs without any problems.
I think the VLC is the best player, especially for MPEG-4/ASP. I use Media Player Classic (MPC) for MPEG-4/AVC, WMV and QuickTime though.
So, my best player is a combination of VLC and MPC.
simon
6 years ago
VLC is greath.

But i prefer GOM Player ... also plays FLV and everything else.

Regards from Serbia!
Strandli
6 years ago
Great update for VLC :) Only 4 more years to next one ;p
I love the new interface, and the Minimal View, though minimal view should have a hotkey...
great anyways :)
Just Amit
6 years ago
Nice, thanks for the update. However it seems to have some glitches here on my iMac running 10.4... hmm... still worth a keep for sure though
Zvi
6 years ago
KMplayer is free and the BEST!
http://kmplayer.kde.org/

It plays mov files, flv, DVD, and almost anything you can think of.
6 years ago
X.Smalbil
Please watch your language, family friendly site.

To everyone: there is no need to get competitive, just post a link to a player you prefer.
Jakob
6 years ago
this version is, atleast for OS 10.4, very buggy :(
Tim Dueck
6 years ago
I dunno zoom player can play everything that vlc can and looks nicer, I think it just costs for the premium version. But if you look at this page and scroll down it can play alot of things http://www.inmatrix.com/

Video:
DVD, AVI, QuickTime (MOV/HDMOV), XVID, DIVX, Windows Media (WMV/ASF), Flash Video (FLV), Flash (SWF), Cellphone 3GPP (3GP/3G2), Ogg Movie (OGM), Real Media (RM/RMVB), VideoCD (VCD), Super VideoCD (SVCD), MPEG (MPG), MPEG2 Program (M2V/VOB), MPEG2 Transport (TS/TP/TSP/TRP/M2T/PVA), MPEG4 (SP/ASP), MPEG4 AVC (H.264), MPEG4 ISO (MP4), Matroska (MKV), Media Center DVR (DVR-MS), VP3, VP6, Digital Video (DV), Motion JPEG (MJPEG), FLIC (FLI/FLC).

Audio:
MP3, Windows Media (WMA), Advanced Audio Coding (AAC), OGG Vorbis (OGG), SHOUTcast (Streaming), Free Lossless Audio CODEC (FLAC), CD-Audio (CDA), Dolby Digital (AC3), Digital Theatre Surround (DTS), LPCM, Monkey Audio (APE), Real Media (RA), MusePack (MPC), OptimFROG (OFR), Shorten (SHN), True Audio (TTA), WavPack (WV), Apple Lossless Audio Coding (ALAC), MIDI, Matroska (MKA), Wave Audio (WAV), MO3, IT, XM, S3M, MTM, MOD, UMX.

Image:
JPEG (JPG), PNG, GIF, BMP, ICO, WMF, EMF, JFIF, RLE, WIN, VST, VDA, TGA, ICB, TIFF, FAX, EPS, PCX, PCC, SCR, RPF, RLA, SGI, BW, PSD, PDD, PPM, PGM, PBM, CEL, PIC, PCD, CUT, PSP, PN.

Interactive:
DVD, Flash (SWF), HTML.
6 years ago
Oddly enough, that's my least favorite.. :| *shrug*
highdefw
6 years ago
Its pretty good. The only thing I don't like is that it crashes when I try to play my HD movies under the mkv format on my Mac.
6 years ago
VLC is good, but I prefer BS Player. Both are great.
Sandy
6 years ago
yes absolutely RIGHT Andrew,

its an ultimate player, I'm using it since it was released.

Regards
Sandy
DiiLMaN
6 years ago
Thanks for sharing!
I already have it ;)
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Keep up Andrew! ;)
6 years ago
vlc tops windows media any day, no codec problems ever.
6 years ago
nice......used it a while too....
6 years ago
I think I'll stick with Media Player Classic, simple.
Rick
6 years ago
I get errors with VLC Player all the time... I just use Quick Time, this plugin lets you play almost any file in Quick Time!
http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/video/perian.html
shaners
6 years ago
MPC just needs 1 thing in in addition

quick time alternative , and both are free too !!

i have'nt stumbled upon anything ever that it can't play !!

only thing it lacks from vlc is - skins.

but i don't think most of RAM saving people will look down to it, sometimes for it's sake we work in windows classic, don't we!
Nemo
6 years ago
I've been using it for a while, but for now I prefer WMP Classic + K-Lite Mega Codec Pack :D
Jayen
6 years ago
VLC ALL DAY

PLAYS EVERYTHING
C.Bomon
6 years ago
I'm using it now already for about 3 years. Yep, you right it works great!
6 years ago
been using it alongside Media Player Classic for a very long time now
6 years ago
VLC is great, but in my opinion, Media Player Classic is the best.
Hashem Mohammad
6 years ago
I prefer to use K-Lite
TK-Master
6 years ago
lol thanks Andrew.. i use vlc for a longgg time now and if u hadnt post this probably i would never find out that a new version came out :p
6 years ago
I tried this new version, but soon I noticed that I couldn't instantly jump to any point in time in a video file, especially DV-AVI. I had to restart playback completely. Also, the new interface doesn't look as compact as before. So I installed the old version again.
6 years ago
Pff The Windows Media Player Classic is as good as the ones above. Plays everything.
I was playing FLV's three years back through this. So
if you make a commercial for a player.. then please give some more players some respect. So try the K-lite mega codec pack.
pev
6 years ago
KMPlayer is the BEST!

KMPlayer handles a wide range of subtitles and allows you to capture audio, video, and screenshots in many ways. The player provides both internal and external filters with a fully controlled environment in terms of connections to other splitters, decoders, audio/video transform filters and renderers without grappling with the DirectShow merit system. Internal filters are not registered to user's system to keep it from being messed up with system filters.

The KMPlayer includes almost all the essential decoders required for media playback. Furthermore, to get beyond the limitation of internal decoders, the external ones such as commercial h.264 decoders or cyberlink/intervideo audio decoders can be specified, so that KMP works optimally by the users' own customization. Even though the KMP is based upon directshow structure, it supports Winamp, Realmedia and Quicktime by the internal logic. Thus, it is possible to specify where to try to connect firstly the media in preferences.

Experiment!
Brendan
6 years ago
Yeah it is a good program. I've been using it for quite some time.
Infaas
6 years ago
Hey the GOM Player looks nice too, must give it a try.
loopz321
6 years ago
is that free?
shaners
6 years ago
Anyone ever used K-lite mega codec pack
media player classic is my choice

would have used vlc but it looks kind of strange
and most of all it dosen't plays real media and 3gpp files !
alex
6 years ago
thanks for the information!!

i was wandering if you could put a photo of your home office or tell us what kind of PC spec you use...

thanks again.
alex
6 years ago
thanks allot!!!
go kramer!!
hahah that sounds funny ;[

go VC!!
That sounds better! ;]
6 years ago
GOM Player - THE BEST of THE BEST =)
http://www.gomlab.com/eng/GMP_download.html
6 years ago
VLC is my favourite player as well - I'm not a big fan of the new interface (the Qt one for Windows and Linux) though - I thought the old one looked a lot nicer... The Mac OS version looks great though.

That aside, it is an absolutely awesome player - There is hardly a time when it can't play a file I throw at it.
Ben Wotton
6 years ago
oh yeah.
VLC is da bomb. :)
Infaas
6 years ago
My favorite too, thnx for the update...
6 years ago
Been using VLC for a while. Love it and I LOVE the new update.
Mustafa Natheer
6 years ago
I use it on my computer it is very good.

plays allots of formats, and keeps me away from installing many player in the same time.

Thanks,

Peace.
Scotty B
6 years ago
THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST Etc...
Aaron
6 years ago
yeah, i always use vlc. Its da shizzle
6 years ago
@Bo: you named the reason yourself. it starts with "v" and ends with "ista" ;)
Bo
6 years ago
yeah vlc rocks. I had trouble playing some QT files on my laptop with vista..not sure why...but vlc plays those same files no sweat.
Ori Lahav
6 years ago
Using it also.
Play EVERYTHING. Try it!
SAHIL
6 years ago
nice update....hehe
Edgar Voit
6 years ago
Yes, i agree.
I use it also, great media player :D
Phil
6 years ago
Tx for the heads up Vlc roxorz!
_Andrew Kramer For President
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