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VLC Media Player 3.0.4  Pick    

Size:   38.3MB

License:   FREEWARE

Publisher:  Publisher | Listed Programs

Release Date:   2018-09-01  | Changelog

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OS:  Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10

Downloads:   385234

Popularity:   Popularity:4/10


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4.50

(409 Votes)

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Reviewed on September 26, 2013

Many media players are compatible with only a few formats, and users are forced to install several programs if they want to play different types of files. With VLC Media Player, however, you won't need to do this because this free video player accepts all formats from a wide variety of inputs. In addition to playing many audio and video formats, including Blu-Ray, the latest version can also act as a server to stream both multicast and unicast content in either IPv4 or IPv6. The changes in this new movie player put it ahead of the competition.

Features:

  • Accepts all types of input, including streaming media, discs, files, webcams and other devices
  • Plays most codecs without the need of installing other codec packs
  • Zipped file playback
  • Live recording
  • Finer speed controls
  • Frame by frame support
  • Video scaling in full screen
  • Converts media from one format to another
  • Compatible with all computer operating systems

Installation

Installing the player took only a few seconds although you can take slightly longer if you want to select or deselect some of the many options it offers, including installing Web browser plugin.

Using VLC

Considering the wide variety of options VLC Media Player has and the multiple formats it accepts, the movie player is relatively light and fast. We found it easy to interact with the player, and its buttons were responsive. We set the free video recorder as the default player.

The program uses tabs to divide the various options it offers, each of which provides options for making relevant adjustments. For example, users can choose various effects and output modules in the audio tab while the video tab provides options for performing deinterlacing, running on Accelerated Video Output and creating different effects in real time.

We found it convenient to use the keyboard shortcuts the program supports. You can use different key combinations to perform most of the things you can do with a mouse. The free video player does a great job at keeping unused features out of the way but easy to access. While many people will be satisfied using VLC Media Player as their favorite movie player, the program has more functions.

We could customize the player to suit our preferences, including choosing toolbar elements and the position of the toolbar itself. We liked the program's ability to display the relevant portion immediately even when we paused a video, which made it easy to locate desired sections before playing.

These features would make little sense if the sound quality were not commensurate. Fortunately, VLC Media Player produces high quality audio and accepts several configurations, including adjusting the equalizer and setting surround sound. We particularly enjoyed the sound coming from the headphone.

Pros

  • Easy to install and use
  • Plays everything
  • Records and converts media
  • Customizable
  • Free and cross-platform

Cons

  • Plays in the background when media file is clicked

VLC Media Player is suitable for both basic and advanced users, which makes it a well-rounded program.

Software Product Description

VLC (initially VideoLAN Client) is a free video player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, ...) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.

Features:

  • Free, Open Source and cross-platform
  • Independant of systems codecs to support most video types
  • Live recording
  • Instant pausing and Frame-by-Frame support
  • Finer speed controls
  • New HD codecs (AES3, Dolby Digital Plus, TrueHD, Blu-Ray Linear PCM, Real Video 3.0 and 4.0, ...)
  • New formats (Raw Dirac, M2TS, ...) and major improvements in many formats...
  • New Dirac encoder and MP3 fixed-point encoder
  • Video scaling in fullscreen
  • RTSP Trickplay support
  • Zipped file playback
  • Customizable toolbars
  • Easier encoding GUI in Qt interface
  • Better integration in Gtk environments
  • MTP devices on linux
  • AirTunes streaming
  • New skin for the skins2 interface

Input formats:

  • MPEG (ES,PS,TS,PVA,MP3)
  • ID3 tags
  • AVI
  • ASF / WMV / WMA
  • MP4 / MOV / 3GP
  • OGG / OGM / Annodex
  • Matroska (MKV)
  • WAV (incuding DTS)
  • Raw Audio: DTS, AAC, AC3/A52
  • Raw DV
  • FLAC
  • FLV (Flash)

Input media:

  • UDP/RTP Unicast
  • UDP/RTP Multicast
  • HTTP / FTP
  • MMS
  • File
  • DVD 1
  • VCD
  • SVCD 2
  • Audio CD (without DTS)
  • MPEG encoder 3
  • Video acquisition

Video:

Decoders:

  • MPEG-1/2
  • DIVX (1/2/3)
  • MPEG-4, DivX 5, XviD, 3ivX D4
  • H.264
  • Sorenson 1/3 (Quicktime)
  • DV
  • Cinepak
  • Theora (alpha 3)
  • H.263 / H.263i
  • MJPEG (A/B)
  • WMV 1/2
  • WMV 3 / WMV-9 / VC-1 4, 5
  • Indeo Video v3 (IV32)

Subtitles:

  • DVD 6
  • SVCD / CVD
  • DVB
  • OGM
  • Matroska
  • Text files (MicroDVD, SubRIP, SubViewer, SSA1-5, SAMI, VPlayer)
  • Vobsub

Filters:

  • Deinterlace
  • Cropping
  • Image wall
  • Image adjust
  • Rotate/Mirror
  • Logo overlay
  • Magnification
  • Image distortion
  • Bluescreen
  • RSS/Atom feeds

Outputs:

  • Native DirectX, GDI
  • SDL
  • ASCII Art

Audio:

Decoders:

  • MPEG Layer 1/2
  • MP3
  • AC3 - A/52
  • DTS
  • LPCM
  • AAC
  • Vorbis
  • WMA 1/2
  • WMA 3 7
  • ADPCM
  • DV Audio
  • FLAC
  • QDM2/QDMC (QuickTime)
  • MACE
  • Real Audio 8
  • Speex

Filters:

  • Visualization effects
  • Equalizer

Outputs:

  • Native DirectX WaveOut
  • S/PDIF DirectX WaveOut
  • Multi-channel DirectX WaveOut
  • SDL

Streaming:

Interfaces and control:

  • Default WxWidgets
  • Qt 4
  • Skins
  • Web
  • Telnet
  • Command line

Miscellaneous:

  • SAP/SDP announces
  • Bonjour protocol
  • Mozilla/Firefox plugin
  • ActiveX plugin
  • SVCD Menus
  • Localization
  • CD-Text 10
  • CDDB CD info 11
  • IPv6
  • IGMPv3 Win XP
  • CPU acceleration 13
Additional skins are available at the developer's website.

USER REVIEWS

"Version 3.0.3"

Reviewer: -Berman

Review Date: 2018-08-18

Pros: Best video player I have found

Cons: One annoying quirk with 3.0.3

Other Thoughts: I have been a VLC user for quite some time and believe it to be the best video player available. Videolan recently released the latest version (3.0.3). I was pleased to discover that it supports closed captioning. I sometimes have trouble hearing what people say, particularly when they have an unfamiliar (to me) accent or they mumble (which happens a lot in TV shows and movies). One minor downside of the new version is that fast-forward at 8x doesn't work any more -- it worked perfectly in version 2.2.6. Fast-forward at 4x sort of works. It trundles along for a few seconds, then the picture freezes. If you wait a while, it will restart, but not where it left off. It restarts where it would have been if it hadn't frozen. Another option is to quickly backspace 3 seconds when the picture freezes and, in most cases, it will get by that freeze point. It's a fairly minor point (after all, how often do you want to fast-forward at 4x or 8x?) but I do use it from time to time to catch reception errors on recorded TV programs that I haven't yet watched at normal speed before passing the program on to someone else. Going through a one- or two-hour program at 8x takes long enough -- 4x obviously takes twice as long. Anything less than that is pretty much not worth the time. I hope that they correct this in the next version -- but that could be a long time coming. They tend to leave a rather long time between versions. Nevertheless, VLC is a terrific video player and that one quirk is not enough to lower my rating.

4.50

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