VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0.8
  • Total Downloads:
    61,697,684
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 30, 2013
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    23.6MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    90,999
  • Platform:
    Windows
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Editors' Note: VLC is an open source product developed by VideoLAN Project licensed under GNU GPL v2. The VLC Media Player source code is also available for download from Download.com.

This logo or a modified version may be used or modified by anyone to refer to the VideoLAN project or any product developed by the VideoLAN team, but does not indicate endorsement by the project.

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

    3.4

    out of 28 votes

    • 5 star 12
    • 4 star 3
    • 3 star 4
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 8
  • 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

"Still the most versatile - clean - player"

October 03, 2013  |  By eurositi

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.8

Pros

- Maximum format & format feature support
- Has integrated streaming, ripping and conversion features.
- All-in-one solution: No codec installation is required.

Cons

These are all minor issues compared to the ones listed as Pros:

- Not the best sound output configurability
- No manual frame-by-frame slow motion feature
- Subtitle display configuration could be better

Summary

I just installed version 2.1.0, and I have used VLC for years. It might not have the same level of hardware oriented audio and video presets, but in terms of format + metadata + feature support, no other player can compete with it.

In addition you can also use VLC for streaming, screen recording, and video/audio conversion.

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4 stars

"It is free works well and fast"

September 29, 2013  |  By robbiebjohn

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.8

Pros

I use the player all the time and had no trouble with it

Cons

The new version does not down load so I will wait for another version when it sends out an up date

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5 stars

"Probably the best free video Reader on the market"

September 26, 2013  |  By Jimkl1983

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.8

Pros

Free, reads any video file format, light and fast.

Cons

none so far

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1 stars

"Caution VLC contains Malware"

September 19, 2013  |  By pyacht

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.8

Pros

Used to be just fine. Sorry I updated

Cons

Even when you opt out of Ads it still changes your home page, When starting Internet it also starts two other windows called Start.mysearchdial.com and search.conduit.com

Summary

Avoid this version. If you make a mistake and install, find a professional to remove the hidden Trojan mentioned on page 2 of the reviews. The other reviews must be fakes or else they might be referring to the previous version of VLC.

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5 stars

"It can play almost any format!Spanish version available"

September 16, 2013  |  By darkcity1

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.8

Pros

Extremly reliable, volume control up to 200% and esay to use.

Cons

Not too atractive and not many user settings.

Summary

Great reliable player, still the best.

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2 stars

"Player works perfectly but not other bundled melwares"

September 15, 2013  |  By honchoi

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.8

Pros

Players can open a lot of different files

Cons

Beware! Too many melwares download into my computer in the download.

Summary

Avoid the download unless there is a clear option in the download page to opt out the other melware bundled together with the download.

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1 stars

"Ver 2.0.8 Not compatible with Firefox"

September 14, 2013  |  By jhep3304

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.8

Pros

Prior versions handled most anything I threw at it with the exception of some proprietary formats like Fox News, etc.

Cons

Version 2.0.8 not compatible with Mozilla Firefox ver.23.0.1
VCL subfile nvlc.dll is outdated ver2.0.6 resulting in Outdated, Vulneralbe, Download Now message from Firefox. Redownloading VCL ver 2.0.8 still results in outdated .dll file.
VideoLAN refuses to fix.

Summary

It was a good product and may be again in the future but for now it's worthless for Firefox and I suspicion other browsers as well.

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3 stars

"Play most files with ugly interface"

September 09, 2013  |  By londese

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.8

Pros

Play most files

Cons

ugly interface

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1 stars

"It plays stuff"

September 09, 2013  |  By ricksinn1

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.8

Pros

It plays stuff, you can fill the screen with whatever format the movie is in

Cons

but not very well alot of the time

Summary

It plays stuff but not very well you can fill the screen with whatever format the movie is in alot of the time

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3 stars

"VLC is okay"

September 08, 2013  |  By ginatl

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.8

Pros

Has support for a TON of media files

Cons

Interface could be simpler, more intuitive

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.0.8
Version 2.0.8 fixes regressions of the 2.0.x branch of VLC, numerous crashes and dangerous behaviors, and ISDB-S tunning and some OSX issues.
General
Publisher VideoLAN Project
Publisher web site http://www.videolan.org
Release Date July 29, 2013
Date Added July 30, 2013
Version 2.0.8
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Players
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 8, Windows, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008
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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