VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.1.8
  • Total Downloads:
    61,697,684
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 23, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    23.6MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    90,999
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Note: The VLC Media Player source code is also available.

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

    4.4

    out of 49 votes

    • 5 star 28
    • 4 star 18
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 2
  • 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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4 stars

"Got video? VLC plays it."

April 10, 2011  |  By Jon Chris

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.8

Pros

Plays everything I throw at it.
Smooth playback of HD on a slower machine.

Cons

Setting options counter-intuitive and they don't always stick.

Summary

If you have an obscure video format or a video challenged machine VLC is a great option.

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5 stars

"Not bad for free."

April 07, 2011  |  By Texus281

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.8

Pros

Converts and plays all the video I have asked this program to play.

Cons

Non so far.

Summary

Being a teacher, its hard to get a tech guy to update school computers. Downloaded VLC, saved it on a flash drive,installed it and haven't needed the tech guy to play all types of videos.

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5 stars

"Can Do everything with any type of video format"

April 07, 2011  |  By davecow

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.8

Pros

Can watch every format I can send it. Has streaming unction which is very interesting to use. Can convert between formats. You can use the option configuration as is and it works without "tweaking" the configuration

Cons

Does crash on start up sometimes (Using Win 7)

Summary

Can't live without it

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4 stars

"Very reliable in all formats"

April 07, 2011  |  By luckyedau

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.8

Pros

Very reliable. Seems to cover all formats

Cons

None that I have discovered

Summary

A very good and reliable addition

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4 stars

"A Good Media Player"

April 07, 2011  |  By elvidgeg

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.8

Pros

Plays many video formats, and it is free.

Cons

..the odd glitch...

Summary

Get it.

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5 stars

"love it, really good"

April 07, 2011  |  By tatkomi

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.8

Pros

plays all formats

Cons

no problems

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5 stars

"Works great!"

April 07, 2011  |  By MichaelKelly78

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.8

Pros

It plays every video format. Support subtitles.

Cons

For me, it hasn't any cons

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5 stars

"A kind of Universal media player"

April 07, 2011  |  By see4what

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.8

Pros

Runs almost each and every media file
Runs subtitle files
easy controls
Simple display

Cons

Take time to build font cache for AVI files

Summary

This is the best media player to-date in my experience

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5 stars

"i have use this daily with no problems"

April 06, 2011  |  By bratface03

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.8

Pros

plays every file type

Cons

a little slow at times

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5 stars

"Still works great!"

April 05, 2011  |  By jandsm5321

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.8

Pros

Still the same

Cons

Still the same

Summary

Fixed a few bugs, still plays everything under the sun!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.1.8
Version 1.1.8 includes security update regarding video width concerning some demuxers and support for a new Dirac encoder based on libschroedinger.
General
Publisher VideoLAN Project
Publisher web site http://www.videolan.org
Release Date March 23, 2011
Date Added March 23, 2011
Version 1.1.8
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Players
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2003, Windows 2000, Windows, Windows XP, 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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