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 snapshotting with subtitles when using hardware acceleration.
Fix green/missing line/column when the picture dimensions are odd.
Important improvements in hardware decoding for macOS, notably faster, supporting more samples and removing crashes/deadlocks.
Improve compatibility for DxVA2 and D3D11 decoding, fix crashes when seeking and fix blacklisting of broken drivers.
Fix SSA subtitles forced alignment.
Fix E-AC-3 stuttering.
Fix MIDI playback on macOS.
Add playback support for ProRes 4444 XQ.
Fix wrong colors in some AVI files.
Fix IFO files playback to start DVDs.
Fix a crash with missing/invalid MPEG SDT.
Update VP8/9/10 ISOBMFF bindings and improve HDR for those cases.
Fix TTML inside MP4.
Improve MP4 read of color information.
Fix flac seeking and improve flac parsing.
Improve mkv opening & seeking speed.
Fix display of chapters with no name defined.
Miscellaneous MKV crash fixes.
Fix crash with multi-region DVDs.
Fix audio being muted on DVD chapter change.
Fix audio being muted when seeking in a BluRay disc.
Avoid a crash/assert in FTP after seeking.
Fix mmdevice default audio device handling.
Fix "reset audio volume" being forcefully deactivated.
Allow a default device to be used by VLC.
Only warn once about misconfiguration for AUhal devices on macOS.
Improve resampling and latency computation for CoreAudio.
Passthrough is now disabled by default.
Fix audio stutter after unpausing with headphones.
Fix silence when dolby-surround was mis-selected in preferences.
Fix OpenGL crashes or bad display with semi-planar chromas.
Fix OpenGL interop (zero-copy) disabled for tvOS.
Major rewrite of the iOS video output to fix numerous crashes.
Important improvements of the D3D11 video output to use less memory and less GPU for HDR tone-mapping.
Fix crop on vertical videos with Direct3D11.
Fix Direct3D9 filters settings not being applied properly.
Fix transform filters with hardware decoding.
Fix snapshot and filters with HEVC hardware decoding.
Fix a buffer overrun during GPU/CPU image copy.
Fix glitches on DVD menus with Direct3D11.
Fix non-HDR content playback on HDR screens with Direct3D11.
Fix YUV full range displayed incorrectly in Direct3D11.
Fix miscellaneous crashes in Direct3D11.
Fix potential black screen with 10bits videos on Direct3D11.
Fix Growl notifications on recent macOS versions.
Fix conversion output file name encoding.
Fix crash reporting on macOS 10.7 and 10.8.
Fix crash on exit.
Fix remember playback position.
Fix Blu-ray disc Java menu.
Fix swiping on time slider to change position.
Fix problems with restoring user name from keychain.
Fix localization issues.
Fix last folder used in open dialogs.
Allow to customize the seek jump when using the mousewheel.
Fix fullscreen controller positionment on multiscreen setups.
Fix pasted URLs not being trimmed.
Fix jump size not being configurable.
Fix missing time labels updates.
Fix playback speed slider not accepting 1.0x value.
Fix raw input dump.
Fix window size after a fullscreen playback.
Fix lua rc & oldrc interfaces host specification.
Fix crashes when searching for renderers.
Relocate localedir for Linux (improves snap i18n support).
Fix VDPAU GLX usage on Linux.
Improve support for NetBSD.
Fix MSI script for Windows.
Fix libvlc_media_list not going to next media.
Fix character encoding on win32 consoles.
Miscellaneous chromecast improvements.
Fix missing OSD navigation feedback.
Various VLSub improvements.
lua: Fix scripts not being loaded on some filesystems.
lua: Add vlc.io APIs to handle UTF-8 paths.