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.
Fix use-after-free when cleaning playlists.
Fix crash on exit on Windows.
Fix HLG tone mapping on some systems like macOS.
Fix screensaver inhibition on Windows XP.
Fix various Direct3D11 crashes.
Fix HDR tone mapping in Direct3d11.
Fix pink screen on Windows.
MacOS: enable SMB file sharing.
Fix potential stack buffer overflow with faad.
Enable Cineform HD in avcodec.
macOS: Improve HEVC 10bit performance with Videotoolbox.
android: Add MPEG2 support via MediaCodec.
Fix HEVC decoding with some files on Android/macOS/iOS.
Improve Direct3D11 memory usage.
Improve MKV seeking speed.
Fix xspf base URL handling.
Fix reading mp4 trun with moof based offsets.
Fix adaptive http redirections.
Replace old API, fixing adaptive TLS leak.
Use mime type as fallback for HLS segment type.
Fix subtitle (srt,ssa..) seek when having a single entry.
Flag non default HDMV subset video streams.
Increase TS probing amount for 4K streams.
Miscellaneous MKV, MP4 & AVI crash fixes.
Fix out of bounds read in mpeg4video.
Improve chromecast loading speed.
Improve local/chromecast transition during playback.
Fix chromecast loading with some versions of Windows.
Fix chromecast loading with some chromecast devices (TVs and Android boxes).
Fix wrong first cover art when casting.
Fix casting to VP9.
Re-add option to disable the fullscreen controller panel.
Remove misleading playback warning indicator.
Fix crash with the interface for lua extensions (like VLSub).
Fix show sidebar setting being ignored on restart.
Fix MKV files association.
Fix chromecast audio detection.
Improve scaling on HiDPI displays.
Improve interface look and feel.