VLC media player

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VLC media player 3.0.3 English version. This is free software for Windows Android Mac iPhone developed by VideoLAN.

If you want to play video or music files in just about any format, VLC media player is probably your answer.

In particular, VLC media player is a great alternative to iTunes, and RealPlayer. It's lightweight, fast, easy to use and most importantly, plays almost anything.

Still the most powerful free media player

VLC media player is the most stable, flexible and lightweight audio and video player around today, especially when compared to others that will play unusual formats after downloading a codec, or simply refuse to play things.

The program handles tons of formats, from MPEG to FLV and RMBV files. V10 bit codes plus multi-threaded decoding for H.264, MPEG-4/Xvid and WebM, as well as the ability to play HD and BluRay.

Also useful is the fact that you can use VLC media player to preview files you are downloading since it plays incomplete parts of video files. VLC media player is not just for video playback however. It also offers superb integration with video channel streaming services such as Channels.com giving you access to channels such as ESPN, Reuters and National Geographic.

Just right-click or CMD-click on the playlist, select Services Discovery and Channels.com. Channels.com will then appear in your VLC media player playlist. Click on it to reveal the the different categories of channels available. Click on the category you want and a drop down list of all available channels appears in VLC media player. Just click on the channel you want to watch and streaming should begin almost immediately.

Easy to control and create playlists

VLC media player also has great hotkey support and if you take the time to learn the shortcuts so it can be controlled without touching your mouse. If you're watching DVDs or video files through it, this is not an issue. For music, it plays more or less any file and features an equalizer and playlist creation. VLC media player isn't as intuitive as iTunes as a media manager, but it's a much more flexible player in terms of file formats. You can even use VLC to convert your files, and on top of all the formats and physical media it will play, many streaming protocols and TV capture cards are supported.

VLC media player makes it easy to add subtitles to your video files too - just add the SRT file to the folder where your video is kept, and it will automatically play with subtitles.

The Mac interface is considerably slicker than on Windows, with a single window for everything. However, it's only available in two colors: Lion grey and QTX black. The preferences menu is comprehensive without being overwhelming, and there is extensive documentation online.

Don't forget to check out some of our articles such as VLC media player v KMPlayer, How to rotate a video with VLC media player, How to sync audio with video in VLC media player and How to use subtitles with VLC media player.

The ultimate free multiformat media player

There's very little to fault with VLC media player. It's a superb lightweight media player that will successfully play the most stubborn files where other players fail.

Simple, fast and powerful media player.

VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.


Simple, fast and powerful media player. Plays everything: Files, Discs, Webcams, Devices and Streams. Plays most codecs with no codec packs needed: MPEG-2, DivX, H.264, MKV, WebM, WMV, MP3... Runs on all platforms: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Unix... Completely Free, no spyware, no ads and no user tracking. Can do media conversion and streaming.
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People Says About VLC media player

CNW1025 . 5 May, 2018

Absolutely fantastic. I got a mini cam and it records files on a Micro SD in .avi format. QuickTime takes so long to convert it to a QT usable file that I just didn't feel like waiting anymore. Googled it, and found VLC. While QT was still working to convert the file, I downloaded VLC, unpacked it, installed it, verified it and watched the movie that I recorded before QT finished converting the file. I promptly cancelled the conversion that took about 20 min to get 3/4 of the way there. Very very nice program. Easy to use so far.

Betty Collins 5 February, 2018

Prefer Total Video Player on Mac. The latest update of VLC is buggy. Total Video Player is vlc, with some better functionalities particularly in terms of being full screened! and of coarse a more beautiful appearance and logo than vlc.

Anonymous 16 March, 2016

Great media player!. It's a decent player I use for most types of files. VLC media player is as simple as it can possibly be, it can boast of a wide number of easily-customizable features and tools for average and advanced users. If you need an application capable of opening 99% of all existing formats, you should definitely opt for the VLC player. Pros: Lots of supported formats Stability and effifiency Design is OK Cons: Haven't discovered any so far

Anonymous 6 May, 2015

Must have application!. The idea of creating an application capable to play almost all kinds of video files is great. VLC media player is the universal tool that handles all types of media files. I have tried to play some videos on my mac but the format was not compatible with default quick time player. VLC was the solution. I was surprised that this app is also compatible with Windows OS. It has user friendly interface and resembles iTunes. Drag and drop feature is great. If you wish to watch film or video file simply drag the video file into the application window. VLC offers lot of customization options for advanced users. Within preferences window you can manage interface, video, audio and hotkeys. Application designers provided multilingual user interface. It makes it more and more popular among users worldwide. I would also mention hotkeys feature. I could set up my own shortcuts associated with different actions. So far I did not find any drawbacks. Pros: user friendly interface well designed great hotkeys feature Cons: so far did not find any drawbacks

Anonymous 20 November, 2013

do not update to 2.1.1. The video gets stuck when you FF; The restore window is not properly sized; once the video finishes and you are in fullscreen mode, there isnt an intuitive way to come back to normal mode and you are stuck with the playlist window in fullscreen with no keys to resize it

Anonymous 18 August, 2013

Great program and easy to use.. I have used it for some years now but recently I purchases a macbook pro with OS X Mountain Lion and it doesnt seem to like the movies that end in HDTV.X264-DIMENSION.mkv for some reason Pros: plays most movie formats Cons: doesnt like .mkv