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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.
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
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
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.
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.
Easy to install and use
Records and converts media
Free and cross-platform
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.
Free, Open Source and cross-platform
Independant of systems codecs to support most video types
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
Easier encoding GUI in Qt interface
Better integration in Gtk environments
MTP devices on linux
New skin for the skins2 interface
ASF / WMV / WMA
MP4 / MOV / 3GP
OGG / OGM / Annodex
WAV (incuding DTS)
Raw Audio: DTS, AAC, AC3/A52
HTTP / FTP
Audio CD (without DTS)
MPEG encoder 3
MPEG-4, DivX 5, XviD, 3ivX D4
Sorenson 1/3 (Quicktime)
Theora (alpha 3)
H.263 / H.263i
WMV 3 / WMV-9 / VC-1 4, 5
Indeo Video v3 (IV32)
SVCD / CVD
Text files (MicroDVD, SubRIP, SubViewer, SSA1-5, SAMI, VPlayer)
Native DirectX, GDI
MPEG Layer 1/2
AC3 – A/52
WMA 3 7
Real Audio 8
Native DirectX WaveOut
S/PDIF DirectX WaveOut
Multi-channel DirectX WaveOut
Interfaces and control:
CDDB CD info 11
IGMPv3 Win XP
CPU acceleration 13