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VLC Media Player

posted by ClifNotes, Aug 2006, Permalink


I tried out VLC for the first time yesterday. At this point, I don't see why this multi-function media player has such a huge following. It's very handy and it will play nearly any kind of music or video file you will run across. It also play's DVD's easily.


Maybe people love it because it can be skinned and take on many forms? Maybe they like it because it can play streaming media or even broadcast streaming media? Maybe they like the fact that it's portable so they can take it with them on the road?


I don't know, but over 15 million people have downloaded it and they're averaging about 2 downloads a second. Maybe you should try it out and tell me why you like or don't like it in the comments below.







VLC (initially VideoLAN Client) is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, ...) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.


VLC Media Player website


Feedback from readers on VLC Media Player

Aug 2006


From Curtis:

It's very handy and it will play nearly any kind of music or video file you will run across. It also plays DVD's easily.


That's why it is so popular. install it, use it.

From GG

The first time I tried to play a DVD on my system the player I was using (Microsoft?) said I had to download or pay for additional components so I looked around and found VLC and with VLC it just worked out of the box with no additional considerations. That's why I use it. Regards.

From John M

VLC is more than your average media player, having problems playing a file because of a codec problem, VLC plays regardless, have a corrupt media file .. VLC can fix it, sick of having multiple media players that complain about silly things such as the wrong extension, use VLC and forget about that, it will play files that other players falter at, it's one installation to handle all your player needs, it's light weight, and it keeps doing things that surprise me, I still have not got around to using it for streaming media, but it does that also, keep using it , you will see.

From Marc

I like it a lot, been using it for a year now.

The reason i like it, is it can play everything, even files that are problematic for one reason or another, incomplete downloads, etc. Another player would simply shut down or refuse to play the file, this one is your best shot if that happens. Cheers and thanks for your "Wiki"

Marc ;-)

From ecolina

The feature that I like the best is that VLC already has practically all the codecs already integrated, so, you don't need to go hunting for each codec. It can play enven strange formats like h264, mkv, ogm, etc. In summary it is ideal if you download movies from the intenet, specially anime. PS. It is also a DVD player.

From Mike at carputers.net

New kid in town:




Also, they have burining software:




I like the Disc Creator - it is light and pretty straightforward. It also is Blu-Ray capable. Haven't tried the DVD Player yet.

From Alnjk (responding to the "millions of downloads" quote)

A example of this would be: The "Big Mac". Millions sold but that doesn't make it a good burger.

Dave M

I heard the same things about VLC however it never met my expectations after a trail run. I had problems with codecs and found the perferences very complicated/confusing. I'm staying with the K lite codec packs/player. ( KliteCodecs )