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VLC Media Player

  • Windows
  • Version 2.1.3
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VLC Media Player

  • Windows
  • Version 2.1.3
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VLC has risen very quickly from an obscure backup media player to one of the world’s most versatile and loved media players. VLC (VideoLan Player) is a free, all-purpose, go-to program that plays video and audio files, disks, webcams and streaming media. It is available on Windows, OS X, Linux and Android just to name a few. In addition to this VLC is open source.

There’s no bloatware to navigate so in just about three or four clicks, VLC is installed and ready to go. Once installed, you’ll discover that one of the best features of this program is that it plays most video files right out of the box. Therefore, users don’t need to search for extra codec packs in order to play video files. This is a much welcome change for people used to wrangling with Windows Media Player and other programs that didn’t readily play downloaded video files.

Installing the program automatically associates all video and audio files with VLC Media Player, however you can opt out of this if you wish. Once installed, clicking “Media” allows the user to select the location of the video or audio you want VLC to open and choosing the file you wish to open is straightforward and pain-free. In comparison RealPlayer’s selection method is not only annoying but incredibly backward.

The user interface isn’t exactly minimalist but it isn’t cluttered either. Controls for VLC Media Player are not complicated and all of the major buttons are located on the main window.

Another great thing about the program is the extra volume boost the program allows – much more than Windows Media Player. This comes in very handy when listening to quieter recordings. I discovered, however, that playing mp3s too loudly can distort the sound.

One benefit of VLC Media Player over Windows Media Player is the ability to add subtitles in the form of .srt files when viewing video files that were recorded in another.

VLC Media Player also comes with a bunch of other cool features. Users can tinker with Audio and Video effects such as a graphic equalizer and color and saturation. However, if those are not for you, the website also hosts a solid list of plugins including skins for those looking to get the most out their VLC.

Changelog

With the capabilities of "RinceWind", 2.1.3 fixes numerous bugs, and improves decoders, notably for the new formats (HEVC and VP9)
2.1.3 fixes numerous bugs, notably numerous regressions introduced in "RinceWind" and 2.1.2. Important fixes involve Audio and Video output management on most platforms.
2.1.3 also improves the demuxer and decoders for most formats, and the various interfaces.

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Publisher
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Release date
February 05, 2014
Date added
February 22, 2014
Version
2.1.3

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System requirements

Operating systems
Windows, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows 8,

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File size
24 MB

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Free

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Pros
  • + No additional codec packs required
  • + Multiple instances allowed
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Cons
  • - Not the slickest interface I’ve ever seen

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5/5
Pricing/Value:
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My review:

If you find that a video won't play properly, or you're just in the market for a new media player, then you should check out VLC Media Player 2.0.4. This free software will work on any Windows system, from XP to 7, and it enables you to play nearly any type of media file, and tweak a lot of settings if you feel the need.

The installation process doesn't take too long and it appears that VLC has updated their interface quite a bit. I've used it for years, but haven't upgraded until now and they went from a small, really basic-looking interface to a slightly smoother looking interface with a media window that's always visible. But I've always liked how, with this player, you could be almost sure that your files were going to play correctly; they seem to support all of the different file formats out there.

Plus you could change a lot of settings, to improve your viewer experience, like adding in subtitles, changing the brightness, watching in slow motion and so on. And they made a few of the options easier to access, with icons right below the progress bar, plus you can even have multiple instances of this player open at once. Sure, this isn't the flashiest piece of software you'll get your hands on, but you can be sure that your files will play correctly through this software. I mean, you can use subtitle files with this software, if you tell it where to look for them, and it plays MOV files a lot smoother than even QuickTime will.

So, if you have a file that doesn't want to play correctly, aren't sure how to get your subtitles to show up or you just want a new media player then you should definitely look into the VLC media player. It's easy to use, it works for almost all files and you have a lot of settings you can change with it.

Pros:

  • + Easy to Use
  • + Supports Most Files
  • + Lots of Options You Can Change

Cons:

  • - Can't Think of Any