VLC Media Player is the most popular and robust multi-format, free media player available. The VLC Media Player was publically released in 2001 by non-profit organization VideoLAN Project. VLC Media Player quickly became very popular thanks to its versatile multi-format playback capabilities. It was aided by compatibility and codec issues which rendered competitor media players like QuickTime, Windows and Real Media Player useless to many popular video and music file formats. The easy, basic UI and huge array of customization options have enforced VLC Media Player’s position at the top of the free media players.
VLC Media Player plays almost any video or music file format you can find. At its launch this was a revolution compared to the default media players most people were using that often crashed or displayed “codecs missing” error messages when trying to play media files. VLC Media Player can play MPEG, AVI, RMBV, FLV, QuickTime, WMV, MP4 and a shed load of other video and audio media file formats. Not only can VLC Media Player handle loads of different formats, VLC Media Player can also playback partial or incomplete audio and video media files so you can preview downloads before they finish.
Easy to Use
VLC Media Player’s UI is definitely a case of function over beauty. The basic look does, however, make the media player extremely easy to use. Simply drag and drop files to play or open them using files and folders then use the classic media navigation buttons to play, pause, stop, skip, edit playback speed, change the volume, brightness, etc. A huge variety of skins and customization options mean the standard appearance shouldn’t be enough to prevent you from choosing VLC as your default media player.
Don’t let VLC Media Player’s simple interface fool you, within the playback, audio, video, tools, and view tabs are a huge variety of player options. You can play with synchronization settings including a graphic equalizer with multiple pre-sets, overlays, special effects, AtmoLight video effects, audio spatializer, and customizable range compression settings. You can even add subtitles to videos by adding the SRT file to the video’s folder.
VLC Media Player is quite simply the most versatile, stable and high-quality free media player available. It has rightly dominated the free media player market for over 10 years now and looks like it may for another 10 years thanks to the constant development and improvement by VideoLAN Org.
Changes between 0.9.9a and 1.0.0-rc3:
* Alsa and OSS audio capture has been removed from the v4l and v4l2 accesses.
See 'Access:' for more info.
* Support for Mac OS X 10.4.x was dropped due to its technical limitations
* Instantaneous pausing
* Frame-by-Frame playback
* Finer speed control
* On-the-fly recording for all medias
* Timeshift for most medias
* RTSP trickplay support
* Subtitles core improvements and fixes
* New AES3 (SMPTE 302M) decoder
* New Dolby Digital Plus - E-AC-3 (A/52b) decoder
* New True HD/MLP decoder and parser
* New Blu-Ray Linear PCM decoder
* New QCELP (Qualcomm PureVoice) decoder
* Improved Real Video 3.0 & 4.0 decoder
* New WMA v1/2 fixed point integer decoder
* Close Caption under SCTE-20 standard are now correctly decoded
* Improvement of WavPack decoder to support all integer modes and float mode
* Corrections on 5.1 and 7.1 channel decoding and ordering
* Support for Dirac, MLP and RealVideo in Matroska files
* Major improvements in RealMedia files opening (.rm and .rmvb)
* Improvements of the TS demuxer for M2TS files from Blu-Ray and AVCHD
* Metadata for mod files are supported
* GSM codecs in Wav files are supported
* New raw audio demuxer supporting raw PCM streams
* New dirac demuxer for raw dirac streams
* Dirac encoding using libdirac (supported in Ogg and in TS)
* Shine mp3 fixed-point encoder
* RTSP authentication with Darwin Streaming Server
* On-the-fly gzip and bzip2 file decompression (except on Windows)
* Playback for video in uncompressed multi-RAR archives
* DVB-S and ATSC cards support on Windows
* New OSS and Alsa accesses. The v4l2 and v4l modules no longer support
OSS or Alsa audio input. Use --input-slave alsa:// or oss:// if needed.
* DVB scanning on linux
* EXPERIMENTAL Blu-Ray Disc and AVCHD Folders support
* On-the-fly zip file decompression and browsing (MRL of the form zip://file.zip!/file.avi to specify the file - the development form of zip://file.zip|file.avi is not supported anymore)
* Opening of any file descriptor using 'fd://'
* MTP device access on Unix
* CD-Text support on the cdda module (CD-Audio)
* :start-time and :stop-time can handle sub-second values
* Mouse cursor support in x11 and win32 screen modules
* Screen module now features partial screen capture and mouse following on
* Export the playlist in HTML
* Lua script for BBC radio playback
* Better metadata handling and reading
* Global Hotkeys on Windows and Linux
* Various fixes for skins2 interface
* Recently played items list
* Interface toolbar customizations
* Various Improvements on the Qt interface:
- More menus actions
- Finer speed slider
- Improvements on many dialogs
- New dialog for plugins listing
- Fixed-size mode for videos
- Better teletext, trickplay and encrypted streams control
* Better integration in GTK environments
Mac OS X Interface:
* Controllable by the Media Keys on modern Apple keyboards (brushed Aluminium)
* Reveal-in-Finder functionality for locally stored items.
* Easy addition of Subtitles through the Video menu
* Additional usability improvements
* Restored the old mpeg2 transrating module.
* Multiple bridge-in instances are now possible.
* bridge-in can be used to configure a placeholder stream.
* Remote Audio Output Protocol (AirTunes) module.
* Fixed mosaic memleak. Mosaics are now usable again.
* New Maemo port with:
- an interface based on Hildon framework.
- scaler based on the swscale_nokia770 library.
Windows CE Port:
EXPERIMENTAL work for the winCE port has been done.
Mac OS X Port:
* Speed improvements by using llvm-gcc
* New Document icons by Dominic Spitaler
* Support for latest iSight models
* Removed obsolete Esound and aRts plugins
* Surround support for PulseAudio
* Effects (cube, torus, etc.) removed from OpenGL video output
* Video is able to stay in original size and to zoom in fullscreen
(hotkey 'o') while keeping black borders
* Image video output has been rewritten into a video-filter named 'scene'.
The old image video output has been removed.
* Support for scaling and converting video chromas with FFMPEG imgresample was
withdrawn due to bugs. Please use the newer FFMPEG swscale instead.
* Invmem, a fake codec to display images from external applications