VLC Media Player 1.0.1
VLC Media Player is the most popular and robust multi format, free media player available. The open source 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 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 can play MPEG, AVI, RMBV, FLV, QuickTime, WMV, MP4 and a shed load of other media file formats. For a full list of compatible file formats please click here. Not only can VLC Media Player handle loads of different formats, VLC can also playback partial or incomplete media files so you can preview downloads before they finish.
Easy to Use
VLC’s UI is definitely a case of function over beauty. The basic look does however make the 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 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 wmv/asf issues that caused audio to drop
* Various fixes for ac3, mp3, dts and stability for wav format
* Fix seek in RTSP in conformity to RFC 2326
* Fix Dailymotion access script
* Fix crashes in xspf files handler
* Fix seeking and timing issues in some flv files on Windows version
* Add extra caching for files on network shares
* Prevent integer underflow in Real pseudo-RTSP module, discovered by tixxDZ, DZCORE Labs, Algeria
* Fix seeking in mpeg2 video files
* Improve SSA subtitles rendering
* Update most codecs for the Windows and Mac version
* Fix sound recording of .flv files with mp3 audio
* Possibility to change the opacity level of the Fullscreen controller
* Fix various crashes and VIDEO_TS folders opening
Mac OS X Interface:
* Added options to disable support for Apple Remote and Media Keys
* Fixed options for Volume, Last.fm password and Subtitle Encoding
* Fixed redraw issues when autosizing the video window
* Preferences panel now includes help through tool-tips
* More reliable Information and Messages panels
* Fix various crashes
* The ZVBI module is now available for Windows, for complete teletext support
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