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VLC Media Player for Mac

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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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 stars

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

    October 5, 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 2.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 3.0 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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  • 5.0 stars

    "It Plays Every Video Which I want. Very Nice Freeware"

    July 30, 2013  |   By Irsh4

    Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.8

    Pros

    Easy To Use

    Cons

    Not Having Facility for VIA Graphic Card

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