VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0.3
  • Total Downloads:
    61,697,684
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 19, 2012
  • 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

    4.2

    out of 41 votes

    • 5 star 23
    • 4 star 10
    • 3 star 4
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 4
  • All Versions

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    out of 3642 votes

    • 5 star 1973
    • 4 star 1114
    • 3 star 242
    • 2 star 118
    • 1 star 195
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1 stars

"Horrible at what I need it to do."

October 15, 2012  |  By Blither

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.3

Pros

I won't argue with what CNET and the rest of the reviewers say about VLC; for all I know, they're right and it plays more file formats than any other player out there and has less problems doing so.

Cons

The BIG issue I have is that I have over 50,000 mp3's and I NEED a good media library database and player all in one. I was extremely disappointed with VLC in this regard - the media player ONLY allows me to sort by folders for songs. With Winamp I can sort by artist, title, track number, album, year, and about a hundred other criteria if I wish, as well as change mp3 tags easily.

Summary

I wanted VLC to replace Winamp (and looking back now, I'm not even sure why); unfortunately, it doesn't come close as a media library. I thought Itunes was bad, but this program is basically unusable for that. Hopefully some developer will take the ball and run with it. Provide support across every platform and every filetype AND provide a serious media library like Winamp, and you've got a winner.

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5 stars

"The Best You Can Get."

October 15, 2012  |  By Sdcl

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.3

Pros

- plays almost all files
- you can easily speed up or slow down. (ideal if you are a guitar player and want to learn that awesome riff or lick)
- you can loop (also great to learn that awesome solo)
- easily use subtitles and you can sync them through software if they appear to slow or to fast
- no heavy cpu-usage

Cons

not one I can think of.

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5 stars

"One of the best"

October 12, 2012  |  By redondo5000

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.3

Pros

Works with almost all media types (can't think of any that it doesn't work with!) Simple, doesn't add baggage to your computer.

Cons

nothing here

Summary

Extremely worthwhile addition!

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5 stars

"Best media player ever!"

October 10, 2012  |  By msreanon

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.3

Pros

-Stable, never crashes (not even once)
-Plays almost all formats (lets just say this is the only media player that was able to play my childhood videos from the early 90's)
-User friendly and simple
- Free and no annoying popups with offers or asking for donations etc.
-Doesn't have a million useless upgrades
-Subtitles supported

Cons

None so far, its been perfect.

Summary

Seriously....its the best.

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5 stars

"Great, uncluttered solution for novice or power users."

October 10, 2012  |  By llfomac

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.3

Pros

Simple, compact and versatile playback of many - probably all - the most used formats, even when they are less than perfect. (even the 'stabilized' Zapruder film of the JFK assasination). No sound problems so far (using Win-7 64 bit).

Cons

A small quibble: I wish the playback SPEED controls were more easily accesible. As it is you either go through the top menus (2 clicks) or Right click on screen plus menus (3 clicks), and often have to repeat the process. Also some kind of indicator as to level of speed change would be welcome.

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4 stars

"A very usable player"

October 09, 2012  |  By macka591

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.3

Pros

Plays a wide variety of files.Easy to organise whatever media you are using.

Cons

If it could play midi files that would be great.

Summary

A great all round player.Worthy of serious consideration from anyone.

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5 stars

"VLC Media Player, its free, and its great"

October 06, 2012  |  By andyseaview

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.3

Pros

One word, options, when it comes to free media players the options usually take a hit unless you buy the paid version, but VLC has tons of options for sound and video, and the playback video looks great and sounds great, VLC is the best free media player you can get,

Cons

I see in some reviews about VLC having a virus or crashing, one thing people dont understand when you download a program is sometimes that certain program is clashing with some other program on your computer, so if you download VLC and have issues, then uninstall it because its not compatible with something on your computer, as far as a virus, VLC has no virus problems, and it has never crashed on me,

Summary

VLC Media player is the best free audio and video player you can get, if for some reason its not compatible with your computer than go to the second best media program, REAL PLAYER

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5 stars

"Best player !"

September 29, 2012  |  By conradman71

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.3

Pros

Plays everything.

Cons

None so far.

Summary

Great player that plays every format I tried so far.

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1 stars

"Virus after about 30 days"

September 28, 2012  |  By frogsoffrance

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.3

Pros

Could have been a great program for older machines and new alike. Asking for donations fairly common. Has 264 encoding. Foreign Country (allegedly). I'm not alone, I see another had a virus. Someone in the chain before you get VLC alters the program, I don't know, mine occurred 3 years ago, with a direct cause & effect. It's a pain to register just to warn others. Maybe your luckier.

Cons

I'm not the only one to come up with a virus after using this program whatever the problem was. Avasti Virus Scanner ID the problem, I had Mcaffrey or McDaffy Virus Scanner, which didn't have a clue it destroyed windows xp & win 98. I had two hard drives at the time. It starts by hitting your video programs, so you can't correct it, in a few days everything becomes unusable junk. Virus scanner ID the program VLC, Makes a person want to reach out and touch someone several times. Reading rodmbauer statement brought back memories, so I'm going through this trouble to warn you.

Summary

It was a great and easy to use program. I can't say they knew personally the viral potential, it may have been modified by the download server (giving the benefit of a doubt). At that time contacting them was impossible, just numbers of all the clients (allegedly) downloading the product.

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4 stars

"good player"

September 26, 2012  |  By rashupkin80

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.3

Pros

open all formats

Cons

sometimes not open some formats

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.0.3
Version 2.0.3 includes updates for 18 translations and adds support for Uzbek and Marathi.
General
Publisher VideoLAN Project
Publisher web site http://www.videolan.org
Release Date July 19, 2012
Date Added July 19, 2012
Version 2.0.3
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Players
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows XP, 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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