VLC Media Player for Mac

VLC Media Player for Mac

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 342 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.1.4
File Size:
32.36MB
Date Added:
February 21, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8
Total Downloads:
5,381,056
Downloads Last Week:
8,721
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' Note: The VLC Media Player source code is also available.

Editors' review

VLC Media Player for Mac is the all-around reliable, works-out-of-the-box media player that you might never have heard of, though that's no reflection on the app, itself.

We installed the latest update for VLC Media Player for Mac on our test machine without problems. We quickly downloaded the DMG, and then copied VLC to Applications, overwriting our previous installed version. As longtime users of this software, we were happy to see that not much has changed. The interface remained the same, with standard buttons for playback, forward, and back. Advanced controls are available for more options, as well. The player supports a wide variety of audio and video formats, natively, meaning no forced installation of third-party codecs to make it work is needed. We tested VLC Media Player for Mac out on a variety of video files such as MOV, MP4, MKV, and AVI, and had no problems viewing any of them. In addition to playing just about every type of media you can feed it, this player also features some tools for editing and recording media. We boosted saturation, hue, and contrast during playback of a video until the color was more to our liking. We were also able to record a video stream, as it came in live, from over the Internet. There are many more features, but for the majority ease of playback is reason enough to use this player.

VLC Media Player for Mac has been the media player of choice for many for a long time, even if it doesn't have the name recognition of other media players. It's versatile, powerful, and easy to use, eliminating video compatibility issues that often plague one player or another.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    4.2

    out of 342 votes

    • 5 star: 196
    • 4 star: 83
    • 3 star: 22
    • 2 star: 6
    • 1 star: 35
  • Current Version:

    5.0

    out of 1 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 5 stars

    "Huge Improvemen new interface, stable, plays everything"

    June 04, 2014   |   By dru4980167

    Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.4

    Pros

    stable and play almost everything

    Cons

    none that I can find

    Summary

    Well at least all the video formats I have. wmv, divx, mp4, mov, mpg, avi and even flv Total wow

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  • 5 stars

    "The best player for a MAC"

    February 16, 2014   |   By icwmms

    Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.3

    Pros

    Easy to download
    Easy to use
    Never fails to play whatever is selected

    Cons

    None that comes to mind

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  • 5 stars

    "Outstanding product"

    November 29, 2013   |   By Brunel2

    Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.1

    Pros

    Easy to use
    Simple
    Works every time

    Cons

    None that I can find !

    Summary

    What more could you want. An absolute 'must have'.

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  • 5 stars

    "A Perfect Video Player for the Mac"

    November 15, 2013   |   By PaulKB

    Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.1

    Pros

    Works well. VLC has never failed to open any video file I have encountered.
    VLC IMHO should be one everyone's Mac. VLC is all any Mac user needs to play the majority (if not all) video files a user will ever encounter.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any.

    Summary

    I am using a 24" late 2006 iMac running 10.7.5

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  • 5 stars

    "does what is says it will do, and does it well"

    October 05, 2013   |   By A R Chernoff--2008

    Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.0

    Pros

    great works update after update

    Cons

    none that I can think of. I had to enter 10 characters, so again... no cons

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  • 4 stars

    "TechTracker is downloading wrong version for mac."

    August 29, 2013   |   By ChuckOG

    Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.8

    Pros

    Seems to be able to do anything.

    Cons

    Automatic updates weren't working for me. I had to find the dmg file using a google search. I got lucky.

    Summary

    I found vlc-2.0.8-intel64.dmg on my hard drive after I got a message that said "Ambiguous " something from the TechTracker. I had been getting this message since VLC 2.0.6. Anyway, if you're having problems with VLC shutting down every time try this:
    http://download.videolan.org/pub/videolan/vlc/2.0.8/macosx/vlc-2.0.8.dmg

    Double click on the file and drag the app to applications folder as usual. I just got it working so I can't really review it yet.

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  • 1 stars

    "Doesn't Work at all since upgrade."

    August 28, 2013   |   By Beezus16

    Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.8

    Pros

    Nothing. It won't open.

    Cons

    Since the upgrade the VLC media player won't open.

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  • 2 stars

    "Latest version unstable. Rating for this version only."

    August 23, 2013   |   By jbjb2

    Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.8

    Pros

    Normally this is a fantastic video tool. Been using it for years.

    Cons

    Latest version (v2.0.8) simply will not run on my mid-2009 MacBook, OS 10.8.4.

    Summary

    VLC has always worked very well for me for years, playing virtually all video formats I asked it to. Updates have always been painless. However, after installing the update to v2.0.8, this version will not run. It 'unexpectedly quits' every time I try to launch it. Had to revert back to my last previous version (v2.0.3) which still works just fine. Even with this hickup, I still support VLC, and I'm confident it will be fixed in a new update soon.

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  • 5 stars

    "Better than it says on the tin"

    August 18, 2013   |   By kashi63

    Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.8

    Pros

    One thing that I wanted, and isn't mentioned here, is the ability to change playback speed (having lost that in Quicktime now that my 'pro' is no longer).
    VLC can change playback speed.

    Excellent!

    Cons

    none found yet

    Summary

    Looks good, works great ... nice!

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  • 3 stars

    "Version 2.08 "quits unexpectedly" Don't upgrade!"

    July 31, 2013   |   By PaulKB

    Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.8

    Pros

    This has been a very good "Swiss Army Knife" for playing almost any video, using almost any codec. I had to revert to 2.04. I don't want to bad mouth VLC, but read my comments below.

    Cons

    VLC version 2.08 will not run on my late 2006 iMac running 10.7.5 Lion. VLC will appear to launch properly, opening the "drop video here" window. Within 10 seconds the program will quit with the message that the program quit unexpectedly.

    Summary

    VLC is a very good video program. I have used it for years with few problems. Something must have slipped by the developer. I am not giving up on VLC. My comment is that for my Mac setup version 2.08 is unstable and unusable.

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