VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 3644 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    0.8.6f
  • Total Downloads:
    61,513,586
  • Date Added:
    April 03, 2008
  • File Size:
    23.6MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    91,004
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista

Editors' Review

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When it comes to video files, nothing is ever as easy as it should be. Thankfully, VLC Media Player offers a one-stop solution for the file-format problem. The program supports playback of OGG, MP2, MP3, MP4, DivX, DVD, and a whole slew of other file types. In addition, it also can function as a streaming media server. Because of its open-source foundation, VLC Media Player evolves quickly, with new features and fixes released frequently.

Though the interface varies from platform to platform, the sparseness of the Windows version leaves plenty to be desired. The skinned mode perks things up slightly, but the program seems to suffer from unpredictable behavior when skinned. Also, the basic task of opening a file is far more confusing than it should be; the program gives you several options, including the head-scratching Quick Open File. Overall, though, VLC Media Player is a must-have application for its ability to open just about any type of video file you throw at it.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.2

    out of 89 votes

    • 5 star 47
    • 4 star 25
    • 3 star 6
    • 2 star 10
    • 1 star 1
  • All Versions

    4.3

    out of 3644 votes

    • 5 star 1977
    • 4 star 1115
    • 3 star 242
    • 2 star 117
    • 1 star 193
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5 stars

"You can't beat something that plays everything for free"

June 07, 2008  |  By jason285centralst

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 0.8.6f

Pros

The best thing about this software is that you don't need to download any extra codecs (I don't really know what they are but media programs always seem to ask for them to be downloaded) to play virtually any type of media file. You load it and it works. You can play DVD files just by right clicking on the main folder and selecting "play with VLC". Old avi files? No problem. You have a true all in one media player for free, no share-ware bull, or expirations, no pain in the butt reminders begging for money like how those other money hungry program houses will pull on you and no ad-ware constantly popping up on the sides of the program. This is what good programming and freedom is all about.

Cons

No weaknesses. For freeware this is the best player out there and often beats the proprietary software companies are putting out.

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5 stars

"Excellent, Amazing & Non-Fussy!"

June 07, 2008  |  By MNowrangi

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 0.8.6f

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3 stars

"Plays lots of formats, but has some problems"

June 05, 2008  |  By hrshybartbone123

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 0.8.6f

Pros

can play lots of files, as said, good playback in general

Cons

when i go to full screen, in any method (double click on the video, menu zoom-->full screen) the video goes full screen, but the player window stays on the screen, but blank. so the video is full screen, with a random blank window in the middle of it. also, after i switched the playlist to "repeat all", often when i would attempt to double click on another file from anywhere, it would just restart the file it was already playing and i could only remedy this by closing the program and THEN playing the new file. also, i would like there to be a context menu added to the file explorer when selected individual files, not folders. what i mean is, currently, the only right click option to add to the playlist that is there is when you right click on a FOLDER, but not on individual files.

so for freeware, it's ok, but not great, hence the three star rating.

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5 stars

"Just work with every file I tried"

June 04, 2008  |  By blackhat33

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 0.8.6f

Pros

- work with many formats AVI, MPG, MPEG, MP4 and so on...

- no need to install any codec

Cons

- ugly interface but play the video

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5 stars

"this software is superb and I like it so much"

June 04, 2008  |  By fakice

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 0.8.6f

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2 stars

"NEEDS IMPROVEMENT"

May 29, 2008  |  By ADWD

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 0.8.6f

Pros

IT'S EASY TO USE

Cons

COULD USE A BETTER DISPLAY FOR THE FEATURES, SUCH AS FU; SCREEN . AUDIO LIST ECT:

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4 stars

"it is good "

May 29, 2008  |  By aqulish

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 0.8.6f

Pros

it,s picture quality is good

Cons

not get yet

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4 stars

"Its very good."

May 28, 2008  |  By Bulle001

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 0.8.6f

Pros

Improvement from the previous one.

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5 stars

"Excellent media player, plays almost every format perfectly."

May 28, 2008  |  By Ripper30

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 0.8.6f

Pros

I was told to get this by a friend as it plays almost any media (music or video) file known to man, and I'm glad to say; he was correct.

This handy little device takes up very little RAM compared to the other media players on the market.

I plan to be using this for quite some while.

Cons

Sometimes takes time to open certain files.

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5 stars

"Its the only Video App I use"

May 28, 2008  |  By BillyEve

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 0.8.6f

Pros

Is supports a wide range of video formats and if any of the video files are corrupt it will repair the file.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 0.8.6f
Version 0.8.6f may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher VideoLAN Project
Publisher web site http://www.videolan.org
Release Date April 03, 2008
Date Added April 03, 2008
Version 0.8.6f
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Players
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 95, Windows NT, Windows Vista, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista
Download Information
File Size 23.6MB
File Name vlc-2.1.5-win32.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 61,513,586
Downloads Last Week 91,004
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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