VLC Media Player for Mac

VLC Media Player for Mac

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 343 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.0.3
File Size:
32.36MB
Date Added:
July 19, 2012
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.6/10.7
Total Downloads:
5,328,142
Downloads Last Week:
9,969
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

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

Editors' review

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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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    4.2

    out of 343 votes

    • 5 star: 196
    • 4 star: 84
    • 3 star: 22
    • 2 star: 6
    • 1 star: 35
  • Current Version:

    4.0

    out of 8 votes

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