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Editors' reviewWhen it comes to video files, it seems like nothing is ever as easy as it should be. VLC Media Player offers a one-stop solution, supporting playback of a whole slew of file types, including AVI, OGG, MP2, MP3, MP4, DivX, and DVD. It can even function as a streaming-media server. Its open-source roots mean the program evolves quickly, with new features and fixes released frequently. Though the skinned mode perks up the interface, the program suffers from unpredictable behavior when it's activated. Also, the basic task of opening a file is far more confusing than it should be; the program gives you several options, including the head-scratcher Quick Open File. Overall, though, VLC Media Player earns its place on any computer with its ability to open just about any type of video file.
VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, ...) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.
What's new in this version:
Building on feedback from the 29 million downloads of VLC media player 0.8.5, VideoLAN brings you version 0.8.6 with many bugfixes, as well as a couple of new features we think you will truly enjoy.
Highlights of the new features and improvements:
- Support for Windows Media Video 9 and VC-1
- Support for VP5/VP6 and Flash video
- Support for TTA and WavPack Lossless audio
- Much improved H.264 support
- Preliminary DVR-ms, MXF support
- ... See all new features »