VLC Media Player for Mac

VLC Media Player for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 345 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0.3
  • Total Downloads:
    5,488,551
  • Date Added:
    July 19, 2012
  • File Size:
    31.97MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    7,734
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.6/10.7

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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  • Current Version

    4.0

    out of 8 votes

    • 5 star 4
    • 4 star 2
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 1
  • All Versions

    4.2

    out of 345 votes

    • 5 star 197
    • 4 star 85
    • 3 star 22
    • 2 star 6
    • 1 star 35
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5 stars

"the best player"

October 01, 2012  |  By alenerauscher

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.3

Pros

The best player I have

Cons

none from me

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1 stars

"Got VLC to record streaming video - it failed"

September 23, 2012  |  By brucet99

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.3

Pros

For me, none.

Cons

Trying to record streaming video. Followed the directions, such as they were, in help. All the stupid thing did was take an image of the screen, then that image took an image of the screen, then another and another ad infinitum, showing me frame within frame within frame vanishing to a dot - but nothing recorded.

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5 stars

"Great player"

September 21, 2012  |  By glenniescherer

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.3

Pros

Works without codecs

Cons

doesnt have playlists

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4 stars

"It's free, but choppy on Mountain Lion"

September 03, 2012  |  By mjmonjure

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.3

Pros

It free, it will play TS Video on my Mac Pro (mid-2010) where the OS X Mountain Lion included DVD Player and Quicktime will not.

Cons

The problem with VLC is that the video is choppy. Watching "Resident Evil, Afterlife" on a Windows Home Server, in the opening scenes, the camera zooms out from a location on a city street up into sky and beyond while rotating. The rotation is notably choppy. Thought this might be the hardware, so I tried different machines, an older G5 PPC and a tricked out Windows gaming rig, but it still displayed the choppiness. I was ready to chalk it up to a crappy rip, using low quality rip settings, until I downloaded xvmc. The video played perfect. It could be a setting in VLC that I need to investigate, but it should word on TS video right out of the box without a lot of configuration.

Summary

Very good app for playing a plethora of video and audio file types.

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4 stars

"Completely useful"

August 31, 2012  |  By Creekye

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.3

Pros

playing various videos

Cons

no, in my personal opinion.

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5 stars

"Very powerful player"

August 06, 2012  |  By LizaLooo

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.3

Pros

Universal player for all videos

Cons

The interface is a little bit not user friendly.

Summary

I use it every day and it works perfectly.

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5 stars

"Works as advertised, excellent playback quality."

July 28, 2012  |  By william.doty

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.3

Pros

See above, to avoid the horse's rear requirements of this rating programj

Cons

None noticed so far

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3 stars

"Best open source video player out there. But..."

July 27, 2012  |  By panthorca1

 |  Version: VLC Media Player 2.0.3

Pros

Can't review because of the con.

Cons

Doesn't support cloning in Mac OS X.

Summary

Until it supports cloning, I can't really review it.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.0.3
VideoLAN and the VLC development are proud to present a minor update adding support for OS X Mountain Lion as well as improving VLC's overall stability on OS X. Additionally, this version includes updates for 18 translations and adds support for Uzbek and Marathi.
General
Publisher VideoLAN Project
Publisher web site http://www.videolan.org
Release Date July 19, 2012
Date Added July 19, 2012
Version 2.0.3
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Media Players
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.7, 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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