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VLC is an open source product developed by VideoLAN Project licensed under GNU GPL v2. The VLC Media Player source code is also available for download from Download.com. This logo or a modified version may be used or modified by anyone to refer to the VideoLAN project or any product developed by the VideoLAN team, but does not indicate endorsement by the project.

Editors' Review

VLC Media Player is an open-source application that gives you the ability to play media from your computer or a disk, or to stream it from the Web. Have your favorite videos playing in a snap through this app's intuitive interface.

Pros

Wiki help: For just about any process you want to carry out with this software, you'll find a detailed Wiki with step-by-step instructions. All of these documents have been created and edited by other users, so they're surprisingly detailed and complete.

Intuitive controls: For all basic functions, this medial player is accessible to users of all skill and experience levels. The controls are intuitive, and playback works smoothly regardless of the source of the media being displayed.

Cons

Advanced knowledge: This app can do a lot more than just play media, but to access any of those more advanced features, you need to have some technical knowledge. Although there are thorough instructions on how to do just about anything, only users with some experience using this technology will be able to follow them accurately.

Inconsistent interface: This app is available for various systems, and its interface looks a little different on each one. That means that Wikis containing instructions for completing various processes aren't necessarily describing the same interface you're seeing. If you know what you're doing, though, you can still accomplish what you set out to do, and then add your experience to the document to help make it more complete for future users.

Bottom Line

As with any open-source software, there are benefits and drawbacks to using VLC Media Player. But if you just want to be able to stream and play video on your computer without hassle, this program is a good choice. Likewise, users with some technical know-how can have fun exploring the more advanced capabilities of this free program.

 
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Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.0.3
  • Update subtitles display while paused
  • Enable srt support on binary builds
  • Allow videotoolbox hardware decoding to be disabled
  • Disable VideoToolbox for 10bits H.264
  • Fix VideoToolbox with some invalid HEVC streams
  • Fix subsdec wide character support
  • Fix 1st order Ambisonics in AAC
  • Miscellaneous ogg improvements & bugfixes, including oggds
  • Fix forced tracks selection
  • Fix Topfield files
  • Probe AAC/ADTS inside TS
  • Fix tracks detection issues with DolbyVision and Bluray streams
  • Fix crashes on Direct3D11
  • Fix tooltip display on some desktop environments
  • Fix spurious movement of the main Window
  • Fix playlist being displayed in fullscreen
  • Fix amem output
  • Fix numerous issues on fonts fallback and font shaping
  • Fix subtitles toggle through hotkeys
  • Fix audioscrobbling
  • Fix buffer over-read in avcodec audio encoding with non-default layouts
  • Numerous 3rd party libraries updated, fixing security issues
  • Update of most languages
General
Publisher VideoLAN
Publisher web site http://www.videolan.org
Release Date May 30, 2018
Date Added May 31, 2018
Version 3.0.3
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Players
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8/10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 38.32MB
File Name vlc-3.0.3-win32.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 68,501,341
Downloads Last Week 10,937
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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