VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 3642 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.1.5
  • Total Downloads:
    61,975,275
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 28, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    23.6MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    85,383
  • Platform:
    Windows
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Editors' Note: 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.

This logo or a modified version may be used or modified by anyone to refer to the VideoLAN project or any product developed by the VideoLAN team, but does not indicate endorsement by the project.

Editors' Review

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VLC Media Player is an open-source application that gives you the ability to play media from your computer or a disk, or to stream it from the Web. Have your favorite videos playing in a snap through this app's intuitive interface.

Pros

Wiki help: For just about any process you want to carry out with this software, you'll find a detailed Wiki with step-by-step instructions. All of these documents have been created and edited by other users, so they're surprisingly detailed and complete.

Intuitive controls: For all basic functions, this medial player is accessible to users of all skill and experience levels. The controls are intuitive, and playback works smoothly regardless of the source of the media being displayed.

Cons

Advanced knowledge: This app can do a lot more than just play media, but to access any of those more advanced features, you need to have some technical knowledge. Although there are thorough instructions on how to do just about anything, only users with some experience using this technology will be able to follow them accurately.

Inconsistent interface: This app is available for various systems, and its interface looks a little different on each one. That means that Wikis containing instructions for completing various processes aren't necessarily describing the same interface you're seeing. If you know what you're doing, though, you can still accomplish what you set out to do, and then add your experience to the document to help make it more complete for future users.

Bottom Line

As with any open-source software, there are benefits and drawbacks to using VLC Media Player. But if you just want to be able to stream and play video on your computer without hassle, this program is a good choice. Likewise, users with some technical know-how can have fun exploring the more advanced capabilities of this free program.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.3

    out of 31 votes

    • 5 star 24
    • 4 star 2
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 4
  • All Versions

    4.2

    out of 3642 votes

    • 5 star 1973
    • 4 star 1114
    • 3 star 242
    • 2 star 118
    • 1 star 195
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1 stars

"Caution,it cames with adaware and spyware"

December 17, 2014  |  By ulicossa

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

Pros

I could watch my TS format videos

Cons

It cames wiht adaware, spyware and some trouble softwares like Crimewatch and Snap.DO Engine and I had to reinstall the Windows to make sure I could acces my banking account safetly.

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1 stars

"Ad Ware and Spy Ware"

December 10, 2014  |  By IbisDev

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

Pros

Was not able to use the product

Cons

Downloaded this software and was immediately swamped with Ad Ware and viruses. it also loaded many other applications that I did not ask for and it changed the settings on all three browsers. Deleting the programs and changing the browser settings did not help. It just kept coming back. Was finally able to remove all with Norton Anti-Virus. A big con to Microsoft for taking the DVD Player out of Windows 8 which is why I needed to download this in the first place. Do not download this application.

Summary

They need to check their products to see why they are downloading malware, etc.

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2 stars

"Takes forever to load"

December 06, 2014  |  By mjmansbach1

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

Pros

Nice looking new welcome screen

Cons

It takes forever to load and open when you need it......But, solved that problem by uninstalling it and going to oldapps.com, and then redownloading the previous older version, which has never failed.
Don't need a new, pretty face if I am going to grow old waiting for it to show up when I need it....

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5 stars

"you don't need anything else"

November 29, 2014  |  By ChoiceVoice

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

Pros

-plays everything
-easy to use
-many years ago, i used to have several players on my system. gradually i started removing them. this one played everything and respected my privacy.
-open source
-no ads
-respects privacy
-has portable version.
-plays dvds

Cons

-there are no cons that i know. i've even turned off windows media center and use this instead.

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5 stars

"Times passes, but it's still my favorite"

November 20, 2014  |  By mikepopper

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

Pros

Free, simple, plays all formats!

Cons

None at all.

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5 stars

"my favorite"

November 07, 2014  |  By mott7

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

Pros

opens nearly every image file although some formats need plug-ins.

Cons

Toolbar icons could be redesigned.

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1 stars

"takes forever to recognize the dvd"

November 05, 2014  |  By elph3

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

Pros

all bad - junk jun junk junk junk

Cons

all bad all bad - junk jun junk junk junk

Summary

no utility for playing back dvds in a classroom environment

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5 stars

"Best video player!"

November 03, 2014  |  By DevonTyler29

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

Pros

No matter which video player format you have, VLC Player will play it without any problems. I no longer need to get more than 1 player.

Cons

None from what I've seen so far.

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4 stars

"the best player ever"

November 01, 2014  |  By Erjon79

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

Pros

play a larger number of audio video formats

Cons

the memory is used to mach

Summary

in general I am very satisfied

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1 stars

"This player used to be an excellent player..."

October 26, 2014  |  By DanteJoseph

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

Pros

Used to open any media file with no trouble and include many options, such as screen-shot for videos or rotate for videos recorded sideways.

Cons

Crashes every time trying to open any file.

Summary

Suddenly stopped working several months ago in my Windows 7 Home Premium and crashes every time now when trying to open any file. Tried uninstalling and reinstalling latest version, etc. to no avail. Portable version I have also will not open any file and crashes the same. Uninstalled. Adios VLC...

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.1.5
    With the capabilities of "RinceWind", 2.1.5 fixes a few bugs, and important security issues 2.1.5 fixes a few decoding bugs, on MP3, MKV, and hardware decoding on Windows. It also fixes QTsound capture and audio channel orders for OS X. 2.1.5 also ships with updated GnuTLS and libpng libraries, because of security issues.
General
Publisher VideoLAN Project
Publisher web site http://www.videolan.org
Release Date July 26, 2014
Date Added July 28, 2014
Version 2.1.5
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Players
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows 2003, Windows 8, Windows, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 23.6MB
File Name vlc-2.1.5-win32.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 61,975,275
Downloads Last Week 85,383
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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