VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 3650 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.1.5
  • Total Downloads:
    62,370,681
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 28, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    23.6MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    81,147
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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 39 votes

    • 5 star 30
    • 4 star 2
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 5
  • All Versions

    4.2

    out of 3650 votes

    • 5 star 1979
    • 4 star 1114
    • 3 star 242
    • 2 star 119
    • 1 star 196
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5 stars

"The Absolute Best"

January 21, 2015  |  By ganerd

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

Pros

It is totally exempt from all spyware, like MS has. It never crashes, extremely versatile, totally skin-able, and more usable on more systems than just Windows.

I hate to use MS products anymore as the are nothing more than an extension for Big Brother. THEY SPY AND REPORT EVERYTHING YOU DO.

Cons

Cant think of any ....

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5 stars

"small resource user"

January 20, 2015  |  By MomMcgrady

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

Pros

This software is thorough, simple and free.

Cons

none that i'm aware of

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5 stars

"Great player but hate the adware that came with it"

January 15, 2015  |  By Clive889

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

Pros

Program itself worked great. I wanted to use it to get still shots of some video I had taken on a recent cruise. Options for capturing still shots were great and easy to use!
Share it with all you windows users: http://www.avs-video-editor.org/avs-media-player/

Cons

The same day I downloaded and installed GOM player, it also installed Tivoli search engine which took over my browser's default searching, and myradioplayer which randomly plays annoying ads in my Firefox browser. When I use Windows Control Panel to try to uninstall "myradioplayer" and "Search Protect" (A google search told me that Search Protect is what Tivoli is listed as under the program list), I get an error say it cannot be uninstalled or that it thinks it already uninstalled it. I was able to manually uninstall/disable Tivoli Search in my browsers manually. But I know it hasn't uninstalled from my system because the ads keep popping up in my browser, and I still have the myradioplayer icon on my desktop.

Summary

Great software for video editing stuff. Good luck getting rid of the crap that comes with it.

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2 stars

"Good as a video player, average for audio."

January 09, 2015  |  By asrs2007

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

Pros

Can play almost all video formats.

Cons

Can not remember audio and parametric equalizer settings among others..
Not so light on system resources.

Summary

Good for video, but other players are available with better sound quality and more useful GUI's.

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5 stars

"For me, it is very suitable"

January 08, 2015  |  By FisichellaSeefeldt

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

Pros

Can't beat for the price(free)simply awesome.

Cons

No disappointments

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1 stars

"Avoid this download!!"

January 08, 2015  |  By Topaz23

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

Pros

None so far

Cons

I don't know what happened. I've used VLC in the past on my other computer. But when I tried to download today through a sponsored link, I was sent to this other page (http://www.vlc.cc/jump/general-download/?pk=812099&aid=827&clk=AA06MAXdY9az7yRhNUqGkmOZ3s3FhcFdWAAAAAAA) which put a bunch of crap I don't want (and as of yet can't uninstall) on my computer, along with malware (according to Kaspersky.)

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5 stars

"odli?an player"

December 31, 2014  |  By hajrudin95

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

Pros

jedan od najboljih i tacka

Cons

bezplatan i stabilan :)

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5 stars

"Free and Easy!"

December 29, 2014  |  By CarlssonKops

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

Pros

Great tool, no nagging appearance.

Cons

Never any problems.

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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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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 62,370,681
Downloads Last Week 81,147
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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