VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 3648 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0.6
  • Total Downloads:
    61,697,684
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 12, 2013
  • 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

    4.9

    out of 27 votes

    • 5 star 24
    • 4 star 2
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 0
  • All Versions

    4.3

    out of 3648 votes

    • 5 star 1978
    • 4 star 1115
    • 3 star 242
    • 2 star 118
    • 1 star 195
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5 stars

"Never failed me"

June 03, 2013  |  By KazumiXx

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.6

Pros

VLC never failed me. I've been using this all my life and found no problems. it's the best media player in the world

Cons

Obviously, none!

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5 stars

"The best media player"

May 29, 2013  |  By IvorGilli

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.6

Pros

Plays any format, simple to use, free

Cons

Didn't find yet

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5 stars

"Plays almost every video formats"

May 27, 2013  |  By paulmyerswf

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.6

Pros

1. Free.
2. Plays almost every video format.
3. Video file analysis (information) cool.
4. A portable video player that can be carried on a pen-drive.

Cons

There should not be any cons noted for a free product. No cons.

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5 stars

"Record and Loop Lkie No Other"

May 24, 2013  |  By Bill C Pickford

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.6

Pros

Plays very thing I tried except FLVe. Record, Loop, and Snapshot are the best free things ever. Great for recording the nudies from disks. Wors when Microsoft Media does not.

Cons

I can not remember any cons.

Summary

This program is a must have if for nothing else, the record function.

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5 stars

"IT WORKS , ALL THE TIME , EVERY TIME,, & IT'S FREEEEE!"

May 19, 2013  |  By DISISBULLSHYT

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.6

Pros

#1 IT WORKS, #2 IT PLAYS,#3 IT RECORDS, #4 IT STREAMS LIVE, #5 IT VOLUME SETTING GOES UP 200%, #6 ANY KIND OF FORMAT YOU HAVE,, IT WILL PLAY IT,,,

Cons

YOU HAVE TO KNOW HOW TO READ, & FOLLOW THE STEPS,, NOTE: IF ALL ELSE FAILS,,, UTUBE IT,, SEE IT, DO IT, YOUR SELF,,, & TELL A FRIEND,,

Summary

BLA, BLAA, BLAAA,,,

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5 stars

"Plays Everything!"

May 17, 2013  |  By pugsley0134

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.6

Pros

plays any types of files, without downloading annoying codecs.

Cons

None that I can tell...

Summary

This is a fantastic and easy program to use. I have ran about 6 different types of media files through this (video and audio) and it played everything no problem!

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5 stars

"It can play everything"

May 17, 2013  |  By dimitriskapetanelis

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.6

Pros

It can play everything, easily. Light software and easy to use.

Cons

It can play everything, easily. Light software and easy to use.

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5 stars

"Still awesome"

May 13, 2013  |  By jandsm5321

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.6

Pros

Plays everything

Cons

Getting bigger and slower, please don't add too many features!

Summary

I originally used it as my normal media player, but it's gotten too bloated so I've switched to a different player and use this one as the backup because it plays everything.

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5 stars

"Unhappy with the newest update from VLC"

May 13, 2013  |  By alexhill25

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.6

Pros

I like the menu that keeps track of the things I have watched, but every time I quit VLC it erases everything from my menu and I wish that they would stay put.

Cons

Ever since the new update, when I click the forward button to fast forward my television program or movie, it now only forwards in 3 second increments instead of 10 second increments. Nothing would make me happier for it to go back to 10 second increments. Also now when I use the forward button outside of fullscreen, it skips either to the last movie or television show I watched causing me to have to relaunch whatever I was watching, which can be frustrating.

Summary

I've always been real happy with the the way that VLC functions, but this last update has made me wish I hadn't updated.

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5 stars

"excellent and essential"

May 10, 2013  |  By kam26d

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.6

Pros

it can play any media format

Cons

no playlist auto save

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.0.6
Version 2.0.6 has added support for Matroska v4 files and fixed some HTTPS certificate rejection.
General
Publisher VideoLAN Project
Publisher web site http://www.videolan.org
Release Date April 11, 2013
Date Added April 12, 2013
Version 2.0.6
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Players
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 7, 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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