VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.1.9
  • Total Downloads:
    61,697,684
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 12, 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

    4.3

    out of 75 votes

    • 5 star 41
    • 4 star 23
    • 3 star 5
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 4
  • 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

"easiest thing ever"

June 06, 2011  |  By juliek1972

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.9

Pros

downloaded and watched within 5 minutes

Cons

none i could see

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5 stars

"Best free media player Thanks"

June 06, 2011  |  By KOLOVATA

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.9

Pros

No problems

Cons

No problems

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4 stars

"very good design"

June 05, 2011  |  By armanddelano

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.9

Pros

has a very good graphic equality

Cons

frequently stops working

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3 stars

"very good and"

June 05, 2011  |  By 0240942946

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.9

Pros

very good and

Cons

very good and

Summary

very good and

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4 stars

"Works well,love the Graphic Equalizer"

June 05, 2011  |  By whenden1

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.9

Pros

Graphic Equalizer

Cons

None,works perfectly

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4 stars

"excellent system"

June 04, 2011  |  By bren01244

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.9

Pros

very good player

Cons

none really

Summary

i like this system use it all the time

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1 stars

"Windows Media Player does it better"

June 04, 2011  |  By wdvorak

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.9

Pros

Small interface

Cons

Program installs context-sensitive menu entries to other media players (Windows Media Player, Nero, etc. -- e.g. 'play with vlc media player'), uninstall leaves these in place (broken remnants)

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5 stars

"Easy to use with good picture."

June 02, 2011  |  By indyfrank

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.9

Pros

Easy to use and will play all file types.

Cons

Controls not as streamline as I would like

Summary

One program will do it all.

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5 stars

"It has never failed me."

June 02, 2011  |  By Tietken

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.9

Pros

Plays almost all formats of videos and audios. Can connect to webcam. Makes dvd's region-free. Can record what I watch through advanced controls.

Cons

I dont have a direct brain-to-pc connection...hehehe

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4 stars

"best of multimedia available"

May 29, 2011  |  By gambegam

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.9

Pros

the short cut cont+Q very frequently does not function in latest version

Cons

it is however one one of the very best software in its field

Summary

good luck
God bless you

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.1.9
Version 1.1.9 includes security update regarding a heap-based buffer overflow in mp4 demuxer and update of libmodplug for security reasons in Windows and Mac versions.
General
Publisher VideoLAN Project
Publisher web site http://www.videolan.org
Release Date April 12, 2011
Date Added April 12, 2011
Version 1.1.9
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Players
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2003, Windows XP, Windows, Windows Vista, 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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