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VLC Media Player

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What's the top media player? Opinions differ, but if you mean one that's open-source freeware, plays more files than the others, can be totally customized and configured to suit, and is not only updated frequently but also regularly offers new features and options created by a huge community of programmers and users, the answer is VLC Media Player.

Our default media player for years, VLC has managed to stay ahead of the competition in features and performance, if not always looks, though that's easy enough to fix if you want to. VLC and its source code are maintained by the all-volunteer VideoLAN Organization.

VLC is quick and easy to install. You can make VLC your default media player for various (or all) file types, but if you just want to try VLC without giving up your current player, you can skip the file associations. We clicked the familiar orange-and-white traffic cone icon to open VLC's famously plain interface, which is also a model of efficient layout design (and completely customizable, in any case: clicking the skinned player option in VideoLAN's Start Menu folder opens VLC in a sleek new view).

Effects? VLC has 'em: Audio, Video, and Synchronization effects, including a graphic equalizer with many presets; totally customizable dynamic range compression; an audio spatializer tool; AtmoLight video effects; interactive zoom; logos and overlays; and even special effects like blur, wave, water, and mirror effects. VLC's minimized interface hides the player's controls until you need them, and a raft of hot keys make it easy to toggle between views and to quickly access any of VLC's features. Playback quality is as good as it gets. We've used VLC to play MP3s, WAVs, CDs, DVDs, Flash video, and other formats. As for support, few programs of any sort can match VLC's Help files and wikis, and its dedicated community of users, forums and other online resources.

From myriad file types to playlists to codecs and video capture, if it's useful to have in a media player, VLC has probably got it or soon will. VLC plays everything: if there's a media file it can't play but should, just ask!

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.2 stars

    out of 3,582 votes

    • 5 star: 1925
    • 4 star: 1109
    • 3 star: 241
    • 2 star: 117
    • 1 star: 190
  • Current version:

    3.8 stars

    out of 37 votes

    • 5 star: 13
    • 4 star: 12
    • 3 star: 5
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 2
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  • 4.0 stars

    "good for playing maxium kind of tracks"

    January 20, 2010  |   By karttiks

    Version: VLC Media Player 1.0

    Pros

    compartable for max. no. video tracks

    Cons

    nothing to my knowledge

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  • 4.0 stars

    "VLC Media Player-exactly what I've been looking for!"

    September 9, 2009  |   By crittq

    Version: VLC Media Player 1.0

    Pros

    No matter what type of video or audio file I want to play, VLC Media Player does it all. It has to be the most versatile media player I've tried to date, and I've tried many.

    Cons

    The only con I have is the unattractiveness. When you get the versatility of a media player like VLC, who cares what it looks like!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Always Liked VLC Player"

    July 30, 2009  |   By Tom_SF

    Version: VLC Media Player 1.0

    Pros

    Smoothest video playback out there.

    Cons

    It could be dressed-up a bit. It's a pretty plain-looking player.

    Summary

    When I finally got the program running (Something in the computer wouldn't let the program download and launch for some reason when I first downloaded it) it worked just as well as the previous version. It works much better than Quicktime Pro or any other player I've seen.

    Updated on Jul 30, 2009

    I also like the fact that the title of the video appears at the start.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great program"

    July 30, 2009  |   By ericson07

    Version: VLC Media Player 1.0

    Pros

    It plays all of the possible codecs out there. I have a lot of videos that friends send me from various sources and in various formats. With this program, you simply play. No missing codecs, no security holes.

    Cons

    None that I know of.

    Summary

    Great program. Plays all the files you could want. Some cool features like changing aspect, crop, files with subtitles, increase volume to 200%. Check the program website for features. All in all a good program.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Easy to use quick and acurate to download"

    July 29, 2009  |   By friday9

    Version: VLC Media Player 1.0

    Pros

    fairly easy to use

    Cons

    Poorinterface

    Summary

    Good all rounder

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent Player - Plays my 5D MkII Video Files"

    July 28, 2009  |   By Rons-ProPhoto

    Version: VLC Media Player 1.0

    Pros

    Great all around player. I like the fact that it plays my native Canon 5D MkII video files even better that Quicktime does.

    Cons

    Simple looking interface, nothing fancy - but hey, it works like a charm.

    Summary

    Give it a try.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "An amaizing video player that runs most files"

    July 27, 2009  |   By Ernest Eadelman

    Version: VLC Media Player 1.0

    Pros

    Wow it even runs .mts files that I recorded with my Canon Vixia HF10 I was starting to give up and be limited to the program that came with the camera.

    Cons

    Sometimes the files run a little rough but mostly runs great.

    Summary

    I use this as my standby for alll video programs.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Always works"

    July 27, 2009  |   By fred-clarke

    Version: VLC Media Player 1.0

    Pros

    fast simple

    Cons

    nothing bad to say

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Excellent, versatile Media Player with a simple UI"

    July 26, 2009  |   By cnetmessageman

    Version: VLC Media Player 1.0

    Pros

    Very pleasing non-proprietary Media Player with very straight forward User Controls (unlike WinAmp or the excellent sounding Xion audio player). Extremely low learning curve. What's not to like,

    Cons

    None really at this time although an eject button would be a nice touch.

    Summary

    An excellent Open Source media player; in fact, an excellent player period. Not absolutely perfect but which player is. Longer term testing may also reveal some additional glitches but so far it has been a very, very pleasing experience and could eventually become my main or only player of choice.

    Updated on Jul 26, 2009

    OOps! I didn't realize that the Eject Button can be added using the Customize Option under View. So this is not a CON but highlights the flexibility of the user interface (just drag the button to the desired position). However, doing this change while the player is in use can temporarily crash player.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Good features are skipped in later version"

    July 26, 2009  |  

    Version: VLC Media Player 1.0

    Pros

    My first choice when other players doesnt play video files

    Cons

    1. Upto 0.8.6i version they have fast forward button handy on upper toolbar which now needs to be searched at bottom...PLEASE BRING THAT CONTROL BACK IN FRONT!!
    2 Still limited shortut keys in full screen play
    3.Some 3gp files can not be yet played

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