VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 3637 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.1.5
  • Total Downloads:
    61,143,778
  • Date Added:
    July 28, 2014
  • File Size:
    23.6MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    102,026
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8

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

    5.0

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    4.3

    out of 3637 votes

    • 5 star 1974
    • 4 star 1113
    • 3 star 242
    • 2 star 117
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  • 5 stars

    "Plays almost any files"

    October 18, 2014   |   By zxzx4zxzx

    Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

    Pros

    It's great, plays any files that you need it to play.

    Cons

    None so far.

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  • 5 stars

    "Great free media player!"

    October 16, 2014   |   By alanmichael46

    Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

    Pros

    At first I tried other player but it crashed, but this one is very quality

    Cons

    none found so far..

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  • 5 stars

    "A must have"

    October 08, 2014   |   By gaaaaaary

    Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

    Pros

    PLAYS DAMN NEAR ANYTHING EVEN MY OLD PRIMARY SCHOOL RECORDER, 1 of the first programs i put on any pc and now android, no more converting videos this thing plays em all

    Cons

    None none none

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  • 5 stars

    "Best all round media player"

    October 04, 2014   |   By Kris_DeWeever

    Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

    Pros

    - Plays all media files without any problem
    - Small system footprint
    - It is free

    Cons

    None that I know

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  • 5 stars

    "Great product, fast and easy"

    September 25, 2014   |   By LanzaMany

    Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

    Pros

    The program works very well. Easy to use for you!

    Cons

    None I can think of.

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  • 5 stars

    "Helpful and easy to use!!"

    September 25, 2014   |   By PortillaCrooked

    Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

    Pros

    Really happy with this program.

    Cons

    Nothing. just download and use it.

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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent program, i recommed it!"

    September 23, 2014   |   By SoberHorrocks

    Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

    Pros

    Very suitable for me to use, really

    Cons

    No cons from what I can see.

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  • 5 stars

    "A Basic Tool for any computer"

    September 22, 2014   |   By MikkolaAslam

    Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

    Pros

    Appearance is very beautiful, I love it

    Cons

    None, does what i want

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  • 5 stars

    "A Basic Tool for any computer"

    September 21, 2014   |   By CalameMahmood

    Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

    Pros

    A Basic Tool for any computer

    Cons

    None, does what i want

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  • 5 stars

    "its fast and updated regularly,"

    September 17, 2014   |   By FromSivils

    Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

    Pros

    This software helps me as much as I want.

    Cons

    None found so far

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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 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 23.6MB
    File Name vlc-2.1.5-win32.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 61,143,778
    Downloads Last Week 102,026
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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