VLC media player is a free app for watching videos and listening to music, podcasts, and other audio. You can play files that are on your PC or another computer on your local network, or you can stream from a website. VLC is available for Windows, MacOS, Linux, Android, and iOS.
Free, no strings attached: Free apps frequently fund their development through ads or collecting user data. VLC, however, is supported by donations from corporations and individuals, and its developers have been hired in the past by third parties to work full time on maintaining and improving the app.
Highly customizable: When you go full-screen, VLC reduces the number of control buttons you can see. But you can change that in the Toolbars Editor, as well as adjust transparency and move all controls to the top of the screen. Or you can take away all the onscreen buttons and just use keyboard shortcuts to navigate. You can also adjust technical aspects of decoding a media file, tweak how subtitles are displayed, and change all your keyboard shortcuts. And if your settings get messed up, you can reset them at any time.
It just works: In the past, Windows users had to download codec packs, which gave media software additional instructions for playing more exotic file types. The websites that provided downloads of these packs became increasingly sketchy. VLC eliminates the need for these packs by integrating all of their instructions, so you no longer need to go off the beaten path of the Internet to play your videos.
Does not play Blu-ray movies: VLC does not say that it can play Blu-rays, so this is not a mark against it, just something to be aware of. Unfortunately, the Blu-ray license remains expensive and largely in the hands of mediocre software. Since movie streaming is now displacing physical purchases, and there's no sign of that trend changing, the absence of Blu-ray playback will become less important over time. For what it's worth, VLC plays DVDs just fine.
VLC isn't the only free media player out there that's worth checking out, but it does its job so well that there isn't much reason to experiment with alternatives.
VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols. Features includes simple, fast and powerful media player, plays everything: Files, Discs, Webcams, Devices and Streams, and plays most codecs with no codec packs needed: MPEG-2, DivX, H.264, MKV, WebM, WMV, and MP3.
VLC Media Player can support almost all system, including LINUX?MAC OS X?Window, iOS, it can play video with almost all format, whether it is downloaded from the Internet, or recording by a video recorder or mobile phone, or CD and DVD disk etc. It has a good GUI but also support command line.
March 25, 2017
Version: VLC Media Player (64-bit) 2.2.4
Worked the first time with .flv files which I had tried for an hour trying to get something to open. Windows Media kept crashing and nothing else I had worked or crashed. This opened it immediately the first time and not planned to do, but it was able to open a second video while the first was playing...not bad for free!
none so far that I have expereinced
Looks great so far...opened up all my videos without crashing...i'm happy!
Just about everything on modern computers is controlled by a mouse. Not VLC. Play/Pause is a Space bar... Seriously??? And no option to re-assign it to the mouse either. I desperately tried to like it but with this "I must sit at my desk when I watch anything" attitude of the developers is just not working for me.
And yes, you can: 1. move your mouse to view cursor; 2. move it down so that the controls become visible; 3. Locate Pause button and click it; 4. Upon resuming wait until cows come home for the controls to disappear from the screen... etc. Or... Click - instant Pause, another - Resume as it works in, say, MPC-HC. MPC-HC maybe unstable at times but it's far easier to live with. In fact, the only reason VLC is on my PC at all is that it's default player for Subtitle Edit... I wouldn't bother with it otherwise.
March 20, 2016
Version: VLC Media Player (64-bit) 2.2.2
VLC Player can play squeezed (4:3 over the air digital TV or from SD recorders) MTS and TS files in the correct aspect ratio of 16:9. Cyberlink PowerDVD 12 and WMP can't. (Win 8.1 versions). The internet radio list is impressive and useful.
The skip ahead and back buttons need a 30 second forward or backward instead of just 10 second buttons.