VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 3639 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.0.3
  • Total Downloads:
    61,240,693
  • Date Added:
    October 31, 2009
  • File Size:
    23.6MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    84,750
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.3

    out of 212 votes

    • 5 star 106
    • 4 star 78
    • 3 star 16
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 10
  • All Versions

    4.3

    out of 3639 votes

    • 5 star 1974
    • 4 star 1114
    • 3 star 242
    • 2 star 117
    • 1 star 192
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1 stars

"previous version was okay but this one sucks"

February 06, 2010  |  By kemills1

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.0.3

Pros

can't find anything good to say as I've not used it much since the update

Cons

used to work okay but now it won't play reliably I use vista on my laptop and play movies from a freecom NAS drive. As I say, it used to work okay but now VLC frequently freezes. Basically it's unusable so I'm using something else

Summary

good point, it palys many formats.
bad point, latest version freezes when playing from a NAS drive

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5 stars

"one of the best media players."

February 01, 2010  |  By kenzino

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.0.3

Pros

user friendly and plays nearly everything

Cons

updating it can get tricky

Summary

VLC works exceptionally great .it does a great job playing the various files and i can recommend it to everybody.

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5 stars

"One of the best players there is"

February 01, 2010  |  By cjonker

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.0.3

Pros

Works fast and no connectionproblems. Great screen and very good performance.

Cons

None till now

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5 stars

"Very good media player indeed!"

February 01, 2010  |  By Freddie2009

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.0.3

Pros

I like the fact that this player can play almost every video source!! and its both fast and free!!

Cons

There is nothing I don't like about this media player!!

Summary

Very fantastic media player, and its fast and free!

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4 stars

"It's good and free too!"

February 01, 2010  |  By Adventurenut

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.0.3

Pros

It's free and it works.

Cons

none. enjoy yourself with this little gem

Summary

Get it!

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4 stars

"Works fast; downloads quick; play with clarity, beauty."

February 01, 2010  |  By jjeettany

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.0.3

Pros

easy to use

Cons

universal applicability of the player is very limited.

Summary

i like the way the player works and the clarity it produces when it plays the videos and films.

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4 stars

"Universal Player but features are too basic"

January 30, 2010  |  By raviputcha

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.0.3

Pros

Plays anything
Small foot print
Portable mode is still smaller and equally good

Cons

Sound control slider is annoyingly clunky - you are unsure what the sound level is how to get the sound level you want.
VLC hangs frequently needing frequent reinstall.

Summary

Free, universal player that is fine for use once in a while. But with its shortcoming it still leaves room for other commercially available players.

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5 stars

"vkc player is fine...it plays most type of files"

January 30, 2010  |  By karthick2010

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.0.3

Pros

it is easy to use..

Cons

it would be nice if it has an option of delaying or forwarding subtitiles...

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4 stars

"An excellent player"

January 30, 2010  |  By tryn2save

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.0.3

Pros

Plays almost everything you can throw at it

Cons

Won't play DVD-RAM disks

Summary

Bottom line its an excellent player that will most likely play whatever your wanting to play on it. Especially since it's freeware and doesn't come with any catches.

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3 stars

"30 jan 2010."

January 29, 2010  |  By perlita71973

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.0.3

Pros

have all codecs , a super player !

Cons

i can not put all my media to start with VLC , so i have to take all the time one by one and is litle bit of frustration , when i can start instantly with double click !!!
deleted so many times , just thinking will search all my media by himself !

Summary

not like winamp super sound ((but with many crashes)) , a decent sound in which way i can play all my media .

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.0.3
Version 1.0.3 includes new deinterlacers modules based on yadif and yadif(x2) algorithms and fixes downmixing of particual 4.0 AC-3 audio tracks.
General
Publisher VideoLAN Project
Publisher web site http://www.videolan.org
Release Date October 31, 2009
Date Added October 31, 2009
Version 1.0.3
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Players
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows 2003, Windows XP, Windows, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 23.6MB
File Name vlc-2.1.5-win32.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 61,240,693
Downloads Last Week 84,750
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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