VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.1.4
  • Total Downloads:
    61,697,684
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 27, 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 160 votes

    • 5 star 79
    • 4 star 62
    • 3 star 12
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 5
  • 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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5 stars

"I just use this to play my videos now"

November 17, 2010  |  By maliss6

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.4

Pros

Plays just about everything I've thrown at it. Lots of playback options.

Cons

Can't play a few codecs. Plain interface.

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5 stars

"This is great!!!!"

November 14, 2010  |  By Bluemoon09

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.4

Pros

I love free open-source software that is light, easy to use, flexible and works well!

Cons

There is nothing that I don't like.

Summary

It's a great alternative to Windows Media Player. I also like Wimpy FLV Playerfor Flash videos and JetAudio for music. I'll use VLC as my default video player.

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5 stars

"perfection"

November 14, 2010  |  By tvhk

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.4

Pros

excellent for all uses

Cons

none observed

Summary

worth the download by a country mile

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2 stars

"Not worth the hassle"

November 14, 2010  |  By rinsokid

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.4

Pros

Handles every type of video with ease

Cons

Too many bugs,hijacks file associations from other programs

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5 stars

"Excellente"

November 13, 2010  |  By ehr28

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.4

Pros

Quick Response

Cons

None to date

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2 stars

"Horrible HD video playback"

November 13, 2010  |  By vaultman

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.4

Pros

Plays almost everything as far as formats

Cons

Very choppy video playback of HD sources like H.264 MKV files

Summary

HD file playback seems to overwhelm my recent model laptop but plays perfectly in Win7 media player w/ ffdshow plugin. Very frustrating.

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5 stars

"I love it."

November 12, 2010  |  By bjeanneb

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.4

Pros

Small and unobtrusive but it does everything I want it to do.

Cons

Haven't found a flaw.

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4 stars

"An excellent player better than most in the market!"

November 12, 2010  |  By DrMuraliRaj

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.4

Pros

Lean,fast and efficient,I have had no issues even with rare formats.

Cons

None at all.

Summary

A must-have!

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5 stars

"excellent player"

November 12, 2010  |  By edmondborgeaud

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.4

Pros

good quality

Cons

no comments

Summary

this is my favorite player

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5 stars

"Excellent video player, this is my prime viewer"

November 11, 2010  |  By rktpc

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.4

Pros

Opens most video formats, and does it with great quality.

Cons

I can't get it to play Blurays

Summary

This has got to be the best (free) video player----even if it were not free, I would still use it.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.1.4
Version 1.1.4 includes fix for folders opening issue on Windows and updates translations.
General
Publisher VideoLAN Project
Publisher web site http://www.videolan.org
Release Date August 27, 2010
Date Added August 27, 2010
Version 1.1.4
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Players
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000
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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