VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.1.10
  • Total Downloads:
    61,697,684
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 06, 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 67 votes

    • 5 star 45
    • 4 star 15
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 1
    • 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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2 stars

"Possibly great, no user's manual (for most of us)!"

December 09, 2011  |  By alienmindtrick

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.10

Pros

Purportedly plays a variety of media

Cons

1. Verges on the impossible for a regular user to get help
2. Opaque users manual (at best)
3. Most information is outdated
4. Not designed for everyday users
5. Typical condescending IRC help channel
6. "Help" feature isn't helpful

Summary

VLC's functionality is overshadowed by its legacy of bad behavior on the part of a few of those who purport to offer their assistance.

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5 stars

"excellence"

September 12, 2011  |  By sakdadech

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.10

Pros

More information

Cons

Good support

Summary

Create program

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5 stars

"The best Media Player ever!"

July 15, 2011  |  By jr1548

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.10

Pros

This app lets you use one program for ALL MEDIA

Cons

There are no cons regarding this program. None!

Summary

Get it. You will be well pleased.

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5 stars

"really wonderful"

July 14, 2011  |  By ertyhtfyy

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.10

Pros

It is the best software I have ever used,comfortable interface and so many options to choose,you will like it if you choose one.

Cons

sometimes a litter slow to run,but not often

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5 stars

"Awesome, Best Player on the market bar none"

July 13, 2011  |  By homertt

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.10

Pros

I use VLC for most of my media needs

Cons

None that I have found so far

Summary

Don't bother with any other video player this is by far and away the best..

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4 stars

"Great Software"

July 10, 2011  |  By jeff012

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.10

Pros

Just about any codec you might need, very useful.

Cons

*Always* claims to have crashed on previous use when started.

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5 stars

"excellent player"

July 10, 2011  |  By bren01244

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.10

Pros

it plays a lot more movies than most players ive used it is quick and very easy to use

Cons

ive not found any but there must be some

Summary

best player ive used it has all and more of the things you need to show and listen to great music also your movies can be viewed in various screen sizes very good player

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5 stars

"always works never a glitch!"

July 09, 2011  |  By msciresa

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.10

Pros

opens every file!

Cons

never a problem

Summary

the best media player out there!

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5 stars

"the best player I ever used!"

July 08, 2011  |  By Fairy931

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.10

Pros

supports most of video formats, has built-in volume regulator

Cons

no cons found

Summary

excellent player!

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5 stars

"Great player"

July 08, 2011  |  By larrygreene

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 1.1.10

Pros

Easy to use, reliable and fast.

Cons

None from me

Summary

Best player, only one I use on my computer.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.1.10
Version 1.1.10 has fixed some security issues and the removal of the font-cache building for the freetype module on Windows and updates of codecs.
General
Publisher VideoLAN Project
Publisher web site http://www.videolan.org
Release Date June 06, 2011
Date Added June 06, 2011
Version 1.1.10
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Players
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows
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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