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.
Blacklist some intel GPU when decoding HEVC.
Decode AV1 streams.
Fix playback of low-fps files.
Fix hardware decoding of low-latency sliced H.264 streams on macOS.
Fix seeking with streams containing WebVTT subtitles.
Fix decoding some CC-608 streams with roll-up.
Fix crashes with LPCM streams.
Fix colorspace of JPEG, PNG and screen inputs.
Fix MediaCodec rotation handling.
Improve FLV fps detection.
Fix some ogg/flac.
Improve support for broken HEVC inside MKV.
Fix some AVI regression for broken files and for DVAudio.
Support files splitted in the .mts%d pattern.
Fixes for MKV seeking.
Fix for MP4 disabled track selection.
Fix playback of incomplete RAR files (downloading).
Improve iOS session management and resume-from-pause.
Improve macOS audio performance.
Support 44.1kHz DTS passthrough.
Fix crashes on DirectSound output.
Fix some crash in Direct3D11/Direct3D9 because of sensors.
Fix some broken DVD subtitles rendering (OpenGL, notably).
Fix crashes on old mac machines, after some time.
Fix memleaks on the EGL output (Android notably).
Fix misc display in Direct3D11 due to broken drivers.
Fix potential green screen on Windows XP.
Fix rendering of arabic fonts fallback on macOS.
Fix head buffer overflow on macOS with some fonts.
Fix rendering of fonts with specific fonts.
Fix some RTL rendering.
Fix live555, macOS-UI, screen capture crashes.
Change the extension registration names on Windows.
Fix VLM 'now' date.
Fixes on the HTTPD server.
Fix on the NTservice registration.
Fix --stop-time option.
Fix ChromeCast compatibility with web interface.
Fix subtitles alignment.
Fix infinite recursion on directory playback.
Fix detection SAT>IP servers.
Fix tooltip display when using Wayland.
macOS 10.7.5 is required now, VLC will no longer launch on earlier releases.
Fix delay and fps setting in subtitle dialog.
Modernized and improved support for media keys.
Fix issues with drag and drop of playlist items.
Fix support for audio capturing with qtsound module.
Fix layout issues in the Convert and Save panel.
Update of most translations.