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VLC Media Player

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 3665 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.2.1
  • Total Downloads:
    64,206,379
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 16, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    27.51MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    50,974
  • 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

    3.5

    out of 8 votes

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

    4.2

    out of 3665 votes

    • 5 star 1986
    • 4 star 1116
    • 3 star 243
    • 2 star 120
    • 1 star 200
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5 stars

"Works perfectly. Works perfectly."

August 16, 2015  |  By EffordHelgerson

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.2.1

Pros

Good product but BEWARE of Tech Support!!!

Cons

Still searching for any!

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2 stars

"not for playing videos"

August 03, 2015  |  By ekit1301

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.2.1

Pros

good interface

Cons

laggy video player
settings is not for advancers (simple and with a few settings)

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1 stars

"Programmers ruined simple interface"

August 01, 2015  |  By nanrelli

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.2.1

Pros

None in current version.

Cons

Everything.
Double windows open if you want to actually view the playlist.
Playlist is difficult to add to and move audios around in.
Documentation is woefully inadequate and does not address the issues I've encountered.

Summary

I've used and loved VLC for many years. I've got a new-ish computer and finally installed VLC on it. It seemed to have started out similarly to the past, but then it got an upgrade and the whole program is trash to me now. All I want is a simple, basic mp3 player with zero bells and whistles. That's what I valued about this in the past. If I wanted a difficult to manage program, I would have stuck with Windows Media Player. I've uninstalled it from my computer. I may try downloading an older version and see if I can get it to behave the way it used to. If not, it will be gone for good.

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1 stars

"Runtime library error when selecting multiple video's"

July 28, 2015  |  By BOBRGR

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.2.1

Pros

Used to work great

Cons

Get an error when selecting multiple video files

Summary

Looking for a more reliable video player...May come back to VLC in a year or so and see if they've fixed this.

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5 stars

"Intuitive interface"

June 24, 2015  |  By Ask_Lonsdale

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.2.1

Pros

Great tool, no nagging appearance.

Cons

Nothing. just download and use it.

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5 stars

"2.2.0 some bugs, excellent anyway, KM player left behid"

May 18, 2015  |  By rms.server

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.2.1

Pros

Especially find useful for me an option to Convert / Save. There is no video it can't play.

Cons

Additional software needed to detect flash content online. Long launching time.

Summary

The best player I have known.

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4 stars

"Great player but lags on youtube"

May 07, 2015  |  By DanielHamilton

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.2.1

Pros

Great player as usual plays all the videos and dvds etc

Cons

It lags On youtuube videos
Each time i click on run video network it plays other audio and dvds etc and after a million times it finally plays the youtube video.

Summary

Use other players to play youtube files for the moment

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5 stars

"Best player"

April 22, 2015  |  By PatrikSmith

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.2.1

Pros

Open source product. Works fine.

Cons

No cons. found.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.2.1
This version fixes numerous crashes (FLAC, SPC), codec issues (VP9, Atrac3, AAC), regressions and several issues (Resume, MP4 chapters, MKV over network), and security issues.
General
Publisher VideoLAN Project
Publisher web site http://www.videolan.org
Release Date April 16, 2015
Date Added April 16, 2015
Version 2.2.1
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Players
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 27.51MB
File Name vlc-2.2.1-win32.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 64,206,379
Downloads Last Week 50,974
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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