VLC Media Player for Mac

VLC Media Player for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 346 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0.2
  • Total Downloads:
    5,488,551
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 01, 2012
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    31.97MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    7,734
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:

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

Editors' Review

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VLC Media Player is a longtime open-source favorite, and the latest version offers fixes and feature enhancements for the Mac version that make it a must download. It's not the only option for free video playback, but it's one of the best, and it's often the go-to media player for Mac users who can't seem to play a specific media file.

VLC Media player offers a number of tools and customization options to manage and watch video. Users get frame-by-frame advancement; granular speed controls allowing for on-the-fly slower or faster playback; and live recording of streaming video. The toolbars are fully customizable, so you can have only the buttons you need in the interface.

This version comes with improvements to the interface, support for MxPEG files and streaming, and more. Along with minor tweaks, VLC continues to offer robust support for a wide range of video and audio formats, including OGG, MP2, MP3, MP4, DivX, HD codecs like AES3, Raw Dirac, and even support for playing back zipped files. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.

The default interface was improved in recent updates, but integrated skinning can make it even better. Behavior can still be a bit unpredictable depending on the quality of the skin, but VLC's open-source foundation and community ensures that it evolves quickly and often, with new features and fixes released frequently.

Overall, VLC Media Player is a must-have application for its ability to open just about any type of video file you throw at it, making it a great option for Mac users having trouble playing certain file types.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Great option for playing FLAC audio files"

November 07, 2014  |  By patshrews

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

Pros

Works well, rarely crashes

Cons

Can't seem to get songs to contentiously. I have to manually select next song when one finishs

Summary

The best free option I'm aware of

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4 stars

"best media player ever"

September 15, 2014

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

Pros

easy to use

Cons

nothing to change

Summary

nice app
http://fullfreeversionsoftware.blogspot.com/2014/08/download-vlc-media-player-full-free.html

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5 stars

"Great product"

September 08, 2014  |  By vpeou

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.5

Pros

Plays all format.

Cons

Better UI.

Summary

This is the Video player everyone needs installed on their system. Very reliable.

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4 stars

"Great software that operates smoothly"

July 21, 2014  |  By Annaatson

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.1.4

Pros

Can play everything without any codecs, plays files that no other player can manage.

Cons

Would not show the FLV video, which is what I downloaded it for.

Summary

Plays every other video format without any problem playing the video with sound. But downloaded freeware AVS(http://www.avs-video-editor.org/avs-media-player/) after VLC couldn't play my MKV File with sound. AVS did perfectly.

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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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.0.2

- Rework of the Mac OS X interface
- Fix video output for old graphic cards on Windows XP, which are using DirectX
- Fix video output on old Macs, notably PowerPC and GMA950 intel Macs.
- Support for HiDPI, aka Retina Display
- Support for H264 v4l2 devices on Linux
- Translations updates and new Scottish Gaelic translation
- Fixes for splitted RAR, MKV segmented, mp4 and Real media files playback.
- Rewrite of the Digital TV module on Windows
- Enhancements in HLS, Blu-Ray and various codecs support
- Fixes for subtitles auto-detection
- Fixes on Qt, skins2 and web interfaces
General
Publisher VideoLAN Project
Publisher web site http://www.videolan.org
Release Date July 01, 2012
Date Added July 01, 2012
Version 2.0.2
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Media Players
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.6, Macintosh
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 31.97MB
File Name vlc-2.1.5.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 5,488,551
Downloads Last Week 7,734
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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