VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 3644 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0.4
  • Total Downloads:
    61,513,586
  • Date Added:
    October 18, 2012
  • File Size:
    23.6MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    91,004
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7

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 37 votes

    • 5 star 20
    • 4 star 11
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 3
    • 1 star 1
  • All Versions

    4.3

    out of 3644 votes

    • 5 star 1977
    • 4 star 1115
    • 3 star 242
    • 2 star 117
    • 1 star 193
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5 stars

"Second to None !!"

December 16, 2012  |  By tonester59

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.4

Pros

It can play virtually any type of media file you throw at it, with first rate sound and video. And, since it's open source, it's volunteer developers WANT to know if you find something it can't play and they'll write a codec for it.

Cons

None that I have found.

Summary

I'll make no argument that Windows Media Player isn't awesome at what it's able to do. It is. But if you're tired of being told that WMP doesn't have the codec to play this file or that, VLC probably can. It's the Swiss Army Knife of media players. (cliched' as that may sound.) For me, the real "icing on the cake", in addition to it's performance, is that it just reeks of the vibe: "labor of love"; you can just tell that it's developers' are really getting off on what they're doing. That combination doesn't happen too often, and makes for a great piece of software. Definitely try it for yourself. (Also, let me extend my thanks to it's developers- it's projects like yours that give "open-source" a good name !)

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5 stars

"VLC Media Player"

December 14, 2012  |  By winstonebook

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.4

Pros

It plays almost any file. It is the best media player you will find. It is the best!!!!

Cons

No cons for excellent software :D!

Summary

Overall, VLC Media Player is the best media player supporting all media types.

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5 stars

"Great product"

December 12, 2012  |  By armorsal

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.4

Pros

Plays just about any media file type

Cons

Cannot think of any right now

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4 stars

"excellent player for almost all formats."

December 04, 2012  |  By Dave9mm

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.4

Pros

Plays AVI,MPEG, and many other formats

Cons

Will not support OBIO format.

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4 stars

"Useful player"

November 28, 2012  |  By TorryTor

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.4

Pros

Plays many formats

Cons

The interface is not so neat and responsive, also bugs are possible with some formats

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5 stars

"love this player"

November 26, 2012  |  By lebrick

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.4

Pros

it simply play all videos, nothing more.

Cons

only the old-looking view

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5 stars

"Brilliant!"

November 25, 2012  |  By magixforu

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.4

Pros

Does Exactly What You Ask It Too
Does More Than Just Play Videos!

Cons

No Cons as Far As It Concerns

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4 stars

"If you want to watch your cell phone movies it will do"

November 25, 2012  |  By redfox_jumps

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.4

Pros

I have got a lot of movies in 3gp and mp4 file formats from cell phones and I could not open them by many players untill I found this one. I do not know if it has issues but it does nice work.I was so pleased when I saw my movie for the first time on my computer.I am going to give 4 stars because I do not know if it has bugs or not !

Cons

Might have bugs,spy code and the user interface is very simple

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4 stars

"Nice player once tracker is removed."

November 23, 2012  |  By Lloyd_Hayes

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.4

Pros

Open Source play that will play most audio and video files.

Cons

It has a tracker in it. Remove tracker with your favorite virus software. Updates will also have tracker in them.

Summary

Once tracker is removed, this software works nicely. It will play everything from your favorite music to your movie DVDs. Remember to run your virus software when this software updates.

Updated on Nov 23, 2012

Most virus software will strip tracker from the software, leaving the software very functional.

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5 stars

"One stop shopping"

November 23, 2012  |  By jimmy6p

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.4

Pros

The VLC Player will play virtually any audio/video file on your computer. It's open source you can customize. Very easy to work with.

Cons

I can't think of anything I don't like about this software.

Summary

The only media player you need. This one does it all. They gladly accept donations :~)

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.0.4
Version 2.0.4 fixes a lot of regressions of the 2.0.x branch of VLC.
General
Publisher VideoLAN Project
Publisher web site http://www.videolan.org
Release Date October 18, 2012
Date Added October 18, 2012
Version 2.0.4
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Players
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 23.6MB
File Name vlc-2.1.5-win32.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 61,513,586
Downloads Last Week 91,004
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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