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Editors' Rating:
Editors' Rating:
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
out of 37 votes out of 37 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.0.1
  • Total Downloads:
    7,437,521
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 28, 2018
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    38.3MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    25,195
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

VLC is an open source product developed by VideoLAN Project licensed under GNU GPL v2. The VLC Media Player source code is also available for download from Download.com.

Editors' Review

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.

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Bottom Line

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.

 
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Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.0.1

Core:

  • Fix use-after-free when cleaning playlists
  • Fix crash on exit on Windows

Video output:

  • Fix HLG tone mapping on some systems like macOS.
  • Fix screensaver inhibition on Windows XP
  • Fix various Direct3D11 crashes
  • Fix HDR tone mapping in Direct3d11
  • Fix pink screen on Windows

Decoder:

  • Fix potential stack buffer overflow with faad
  • Enable Cineform HD in avcodec

Hardware Decoder:

  • macOS: Improve HEVC 10bit performance with Videotoolbox
  • android: Add MPEG2 support via MediaCodec
  • Fix HEVC decoding with some files on Android/macOS/iOS
  • Improve Direct3D11 memory usage
General
Publisher VideoLAN
Publisher web site http://www.videolan.org
Release Date February 28, 2018
Date Added February 28, 2018
Version 3.0.1
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Players
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 38.3MB
File Name vlc-3.0.1-win64.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 7,437,521
Downloads Last Week 25,195
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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