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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!

VLC Media Player:

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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:

    4.3 stars

    out of 85 votes

    • 5 star: 42
    • 4 star: 34
    • 3 star: 6
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Will play nearly all file formats."

    January 19, 2011  |   By mikerenwick

    Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.5

    Pros

    Easy to use plus 2 above.

    Cons

    Nothing really bad to say about this download.

    Summary

    Good download for the reasons stated.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Plays any and all vid formats, saves the hassle codex.."

    January 18, 2011  |   By ketch65

    Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.5

    Pros

    Easy to use,
    Tons of codex,
    plays most if not everything
    what else could you want?
    it has those various tweaks and addons for the vid manipulators and creators,,,

    Cons

    none that i've ever seen, after having used it for years,

    Summary

    See my pros list, this is an excellent product,

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  • 4.0 stars

    "VLC is the best media player for HD video and 5.1 Audio"

    January 16, 2011  |  

    Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.5

    Pros

    VLC uses it's own internal codecs, and I can see and hear the difference on my HD monitor and 5.1 sound system. The sound, in particular, is noticeably richer with VLC than Windows Media Player, GOMPlayer or KMP.

    Cons

    Because VLC is an advanced player, the interface can be a challenge. I have yet to figure out how to resume play where I left off.

    The VLC skins available on-line need to be updated.

    Summary

    I have recently switched to VLC as my primary media player, especially for video, because of the sound reproduction. I have a 5.1 PC audio system, and VLC is simply better than other players in filling my room with sound.

    It still has a few quirks that I would like to see improved. Many PCs come with remote controls now, and VLC should be compatible with them. Right now, it is partially compatible. But, it doesn't recognize the Play or Pause functions on my remote. However, sing the Hotkeys functions, I was able to configure my remote control to cycle through audio and video formats, adjust volume and other functionality. This is a great feature for me.

    When adding a video in a folder, the player should provide an option to add all the videos in that folder to the playlist. I haven't found a way to do this.

    My biggest problem is not having a way to resume play where I left off. If I am watching a 2 hr movie, and stop it after 45 minutes, I want to press Play and have it resume where I left off. VLC starts the video from the beginning. If there is an option to fix this, I have yet to find it.

    VLC has some advanced functionality, like recording what you are playing, and broadcasting your video to the internet, that some people may not need. I love having these options, which no other players that I have used have.

    So, I recommend this player. I have used Windows Media Player, GOMPlayer and KMP Player extensively. VLC is simply better than all of these in reproducing quality sound. If you have a 5.1 audio system, you need to be using VLC. If not, it is still an excellent media player, and the one I use most often now.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "This is a great Player"

    January 15, 2011  |   By rgrrogue

    Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.5

    Pros

    I like that it will play almost any video file.

    Cons

    I wish the interface was more intuitive and organizing of files.

    Summary

    When my main video player won't play a video file, VLC will!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "there is not improvement in previous version"

    January 13, 2011  |   By saran_kumar

    Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.5

    Pros

    there is no change in previous version

    Cons

    there is no change in previous version

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Very good player"

    January 12, 2011  |   By decfrob

    Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.5

    Pros

    Ease of use,plays all formats

    Cons

    it has crashed on a few occasions

    Summary

    Would recommend this player for download,by far the best one i have used

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Play's it All!"

    January 10, 2011  |   By scott7068

    Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.5

    Pros

    Its simple, works with everything.

    Cons

    Haven't found any.

    Summary

    Its an all round Universal player, you won't be disappointed. Promise!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "it a great product"

    January 10, 2011  |   By loydc148

    Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.5

    Pros

    it a great product

    Cons

    remote control program

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  • 3.0 stars

    "I had already downloaded a higher edition of Utorrent."

    January 9, 2011  |   By linda254

    Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.5

    Pros

    I had already downloaded a higher edition of Utorrent from Utorrent.

    Cons

    I had already downloaded a higher edition of Utorrent from Utorrent.

    Summary

    I had already downloaded a higher version of Utorrent from Utorrent, therefore I aborted the download.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "With this new version no problems."

    January 9, 2011  |   By jblwl314

    Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.5

    Pros

    This one works just as I need no frills but all nuts & bolts.

    Cons

    None as of yet.

    Summary

    If you are not looking for bells, whistles, and frills this is the one for you.

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