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VLC Media Player 3.0.4 FINAL

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 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 02 September 2018
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Developer: VideoLan
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VLC Media Player 3.0.4
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.

Version 2 brought radical changes, most 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 3 on the Mac platform replaced 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 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.

VLC 3 codenamed 'Vetinari' is a major update and ships with these new features:

- Activates hardware decoding by default, to get 4K and 8K playback!
- Supports 10bits and HDR
- Supports 360 video and 3D audio, up to Ambisoncics 3rd order
- Allows audio passthrough for HD audio codecs
- Can stream to Chromecast devices, even in formats not supported natively
- Can play Blu-Ray Java menus: BD-J
- VLC supports browsing of local network drives and NAS

Verdict:

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

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If My Boyfriends Were As Reliable As VLC...

Posted by: Johannes Bols, 28 April 2015 09:30

...VLC is far and above the least problematic media player I've downloaded in 15+ years of personal internet use. Unlike my POS Mac, which I've codenamed "Princess," VLC doesn't require DAILY ventures BEYOND THE POINT of sanity. Instead, it takes 99.99% of everything thrown at it, digests it and plays it. Who could ask for anything more?

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 Donald, 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.

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update (build 1809)

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This is the latest version of Windows October 2018 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a Windows 8 twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

Fall Creators Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO here will give you build 1809 which is the October 2018 Update.

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