VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 3642 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.0.5
  • Total Downloads:
    61,697,684
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 31, 2010
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    23.6MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    90,999
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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 205 votes

    • 5 star 112
    • 4 star 65
    • 3 star 13
    • 2 star 5
    • 1 star 10
  • All Versions

    4.2

    out of 3642 votes

    • 5 star 1973
    • 4 star 1114
    • 3 star 242
    • 2 star 118
    • 1 star 195
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1 stars

"FULL OF MALWARE AND SPYWARE"

August 21, 2012  |  By MichaelFromSeattle

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.0.5

Pros

The player all by itself is quite good.

Cons

The manufacturer claims that it's the fault of third parties who are bundling crapware with the player. I don't believe them, as this is how they make money.

Here's how to thoroughly cleanup your computer from this crapware that spoofs Google, and does many other nasty things:

Open Regedit and search for the word: babylon. If you can delete these instances, go ahead. Some entries can only safely be modified, and you should make the data blank. Keep searching for more instances of babylon. Then type :about:config" in the Firefox address bar. Search for "babylon." One of these instaces contains a long regisry key. Go back to Regedit and selete this key. THEN uninstall Firefox and reinstall it.

BE VERY CAREFUL EDITING YOUR REGISTRY, AND BEFORE DOING SO BE SURE TO CREATE A RESTORE POINT.

Summary

BUNDLED WITH GARBAGEWWARE

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4 stars

"A pretty good player/viewer"

December 18, 2010  |  By dynodeanmccabe

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.0.5

Pros

Played all formats. Played them well and the visual quality was really good.

Cons

Not stable all the time. Did have some quirks. The sound quality is poor. didn't really satisfy me overall. Even though it is a very good product.

Summary

Other than Windows Media Player, The KMPlayer is my preferred multi format multi-dimansional viewer.

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4 stars

"Very happy with it"

July 01, 2010  |  By mario081054

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.0.5

Pros

not used it much but works very well. audio & Video too.

Cons

Not noticed any so far.

Summary

Very straight forward & simple to use; could jazz it up with some video generated display like window media player, while playing audio music;without compromising on the quality.

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5 stars

"Excellent product."

June 27, 2010  |  By Frans M. Hartanto

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.0.5

Pros

It is one of the best media players that I have encountered so far.

Cons

There are no significant shortcpomings.

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5 stars

"Quickest, by far has the most codecs installed, + free"

June 21, 2010  |  By poqbum

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.0.5

Pros

- Very fast encoding of video's. Have never had a problem with freeze up
- It's free :)
- Quick and easy to install, only about 17 meg
- Has very good options for slowing video, adjusting frame rate and aspect ratio's.

Best all around player by far

Cons

None so far..this player is ahead of most mainstream companies and has been able to play anything I need it to play. And it play's them well!

Summary

Awesome player, get it! If you torrent movies especially. If you don't and you just want a nifty little player for your music and movies, this is it!

Best for movies though :p

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5 stars

"Stream master, lightning speed, high quality play!"

June 19, 2010  |  By Blade10X

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.0.5

Pros

Every detail is very professional made. Every aspect is possible to fully customize, from picture and audio plus filters. Bunch of codecs and support for almost every media file. Good features for DVD reproduction. VLC contains even to many options.

Cons

Configuration is very professional and huge so you must take care what and how much do you configure something. Can crash sometimes, but that's less important.

Summary

In my opinion, VLC media player offers much more then other players whose you have to pay. Not only because it is free, it's because of developers who made such an excellent media player. They were thinking of everything that one media player should have. It's only marketing trick and bluff for commercial players to be better comparable to free ones.

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5 stars

"It plays without any hassle what so ever. "Go to go"."

June 19, 2010  |  By ddknemesis

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.0.5

Pros

The sound is loud as %$%$(%%. Kewl!

Cons

None! Its everything you need in a player.

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5 stars

"Excellent player"

June 19, 2010  |  By ozoneocean

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.0.5

Pros

Great little player. Very nifty, completely region free! gets around that region specific DVD stuff with ease! Handles 5.1 sound perfectly, better than Windows Media player even with bought sound plug-in filters.

Cons

Some choppiness when going to different menus occasionally. Some stickiness configuring it initially to work in Windows Vista.

Summary

I love it because it's region free and works fast, and it handles 5.1 sound beautifully. There can be some issues when going to and from different menus occasionally (DVD menus), and you have to tweak it to make it work well on Vista. But the bad things are just small detractions, it's a great free player!

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4 stars

"Operating system: Windows7?"

June 18, 2010  |  By geraleve

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.0.5

Pros

I have Wis7. On your Op systems you list the reqiurements for the VLC Media Player up to Win Vista! The latest release of VLC is Jan2010: how can VLC release their newest media player one level below the newest Win platform?

Cons

Don't know yet!

Summary

Is it safe to download VLC on Windows7 platform?

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5 stars

"Plays everything I can throw at it!"

June 18, 2010  |  By RogueTRex

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.0.5

Pros

This is a simple to use, play-all player. This is my go-to player for any video media files - keeps me from having to download codecs and various players for all of the many types of files I have. I also like the keyboard shortcuts.

Cons

Pausing, fastforwarding, and rewinding sometimes causes audio sync problems during playback, and sometimes takes a while to reconnect.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.0.5
Version 1.0.5 include various fixes, speed improvements, and translations updates. It also benefits speed-ups from both an updated compiler (gcc 4.4.2) and codecs updates.
General
Publisher VideoLAN Project
Publisher web site http://www.videolan.org
Release Date January 31, 2010
Date Added January 31, 2010
Version 1.0.5
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 61,697,684
Downloads Last Week 90,999
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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