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VLC Media Player 2.1.5

Play just about any video or audio format using this versatile media player

by Nick Peers

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License: Open Source
Operating Systems: Mac OS X, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 26 July 2014
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VLC Media Player 2.1.5
Play just about audio or video format using this cross-platform media players

Whilst the various media player developers attempt to convince us to use their codec to encode our home video, this means that we often have to have more than one media player installed to play every video, audio and other media, on our computer. Factor in old videos that were encoded using codecs that have been long discontinued, then it becomes a real pain to just play back your collection of movies.

There must be a better way, a way of handling the various audio and video formats, without having to experiment with different media players. There is, it’s called VLC Media Player. This isn’t a recent application, although it’s been ages in development. This is a cross-platform versatile media player that does one thing well: attempts to play just about every format available.

By installing VLC Media Player across your various computers, you can be assured that a video that plays back on your Mac will also play on your PC. It also supports Internet-based media streaming, so you can use the player to listen to a streamed audio stream and much more.

What's new in v2? The most radical changes will be found on the Mac platform, with support for Blu-ray playback being overshadowed by a radical overhaul of the user interface. This major step forward has divided the VLC community since it first emerged, with some decrying the loss of version 1’s minimalist approach to video playback.

VLC 2 on the Mac platform replaces the simplistic interface of version 1.x in favour of something more akin to iTunes, while also embracing the look of OS X Lion. It opens in Playlist view, with a two-paned window containing a list of common locations for media files in the left-hand pane, and an invitation to drag and drop files into the window for playback on the right.

Media controls sit at the bottom of the window, and there’s a new audio effects option next to the full-screen button, which takes advantage of Lion’s full-screen support. Options in the left-hand window include a shortcut to the user’s iTunes library and a playlist option, as well as UPNP and various internet streams.

VLC 2 for Mac also includes experimental Blu-ray support, plus adds support for VLC’s lua-based extensions. These support various interactive features, such as pulling movie information and subtitles from the internet, or posting to Twitter.

Version 2 is very much aimed at Mac users, with Linux and Windows users seeing less radical changes, although behind-the-scenes improvements – detailed in full at the VLC changelog – make the update worth pursuing for all platforms.

VLC 2.1.5 includes these improvements:

- fixes a few decoding bugs, on MP3, MKV, and hardware decoding on Windows
- fixes QTsound capture and audio channel orders for OS X
- ships with updated GnuTLS and libpng libraries, because of security issues

Verdict:

This is the best cross-platform, multi-format versatile media player that will play just about any format

Your Comments & Opinion
 

VLC

Posted by: Donald Schilling, 15 December 2012 10:36

Vern- earlier versions (all the way back to 0.5.0) are available on the website. Pretty certain you can find one that will work for you. I use an earlier version,as I prefer the interface to the current one. For me, it's been 'improved' into being annoying.

VLC Player

Posted by: Carroll MacDonald, 28 February 2012 01:29

This is my Default Player for everything but my music... Music is player via AIMP3. VLC can play 99.999997% of everything I throw at it. I can adjust just about anything I need to with VLC, if a video has an issue vlc will even attempt to fix it... and does in most cases.

Two thumbs up for VLC!

Does not support

Posted by: Vern Rb, 19 February 2012 20:26

Win XP1 or earlier. From the release notes:

* The Windows version will only work with Windows XP SP2 or later.
Windows 2000 SP4, Windows XP < SP2, Windows 2003 SP0 are now unsupported.

It's gggggrrreat!

Posted by: Simon "Captain Blue" Talard, 19 February 2012 10:37

Really a superb showing, it does simple tasks easily and has more features for those who need it. No complaints.

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