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VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols. VLC can also convert, capture/record and be used as a server to stream video. Full description.

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Supported operating systems:
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More information and other downloads:
Note! The 64 bit version is EXPERIMENTAL!!!

Download VLC Blu-ray plugin here, it allows to you watch encrypted blu-rays directly with VLC 2.0+.

Download nightly builds here:
http://nightlies.videolan.org/

Download IPTV Recorder here, it is an add-on for VLC media player with the intention to simplify timed recording of IPTV media streams.


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Version history / Release notes / Changelog:
Changes between 2.2.0 and 2.2.1:
--------------------------------

Codec:
* Fix compilation with older libavcodec versions
* Fix some VP9 decoding
* Fix flac crashes
* Fix lpcm channel ordering
* Fix potential NULL dereference in dmo
* Fix teletext framing code in DVB PES packets
* Fix potential buffer overflow in schroendinger decoder
* Fix AAC samplerate

Demuxers:
* Fix MP4 chapters
* Fix MKV overseeking, introducing slowness over network shares
* Fix crash when playing SPC files
* Fix ATRAC3 playback in MKV
* Revert to older ASX code
* Workaround TS issue with mpeg-audio

Access:
* Fix sftp read and close sockets
* Fix DTV build with Linux DVB versions < 5.8
* Fix UDP/RTP input on Windows

Audio output:
* Fix Alsa HDMI plugs
* Improve Alsa output, with larger buffers
* Fix DirectSound output with multi-channel files

OS X:
* Fix numerous crashes in the UI
* Fix video-wallpaper mode
* Fix race when starting VLC from command line

Qt:
* Fix recent items behaviour
* Fix rotation filter activation
* Fix mux modules names for the streaming wizard

Win32:
* Timestamp the signature of the dlls
* Fix extensions registration during install
* Fix extensions dialog crash
* Default to no DxVA decoding

libVLC:
* fix libvlc_media_get_stats

Translations:
* Update of Afrikaans, Albanian, Azerbaijani, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch,
English (United Kingdom), Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian,
Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Macedonian, Malay, Modern Greek, Norwegian Bokmål,
Norwegian Nynorsk, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Scottish Gaelic, Serbian,
Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Thai,
Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian translations

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All features / Full description:
VIDEO
Rewritten video output core and modules, allowing subpicture blending in GPU.
Shader support in the OpenGL output, for colorspace conversion, including 10bits.
New video outputs for Windows 7, Android, iOS and OS/2.
New debanding, grain, denoising and anti-flickering filters.
New deinterlacing filter, including an Inverse Telecine algorithm.

AUDIO
New resamplers for higher quality audio.
New dynamic range compressor and karaoke filters.
Simplification of the audio core for faster processing.
New audio outputs for iOS, Android and OS/2.

FORMATS
Multi-threaded decoding for H.264, MPEG-4/Xvid and WebM.
Support for 10bits codecs, WMV image and some other codecs.
Rewritten support for images, including jpeg, png, xcf, bmp...
Important changes in RealVideo and Real Format support.
CrystalHD cards and Android OpenMAX support for hardware decoding.

INPUT AND DEVICES
Experimental support for BluRay discs:
- Menus are deactivated in this release (will come soon).
- AACS and BD+ DRM libraries and keys are not shipped, for legal reasons.
Support for SDI capture cards and QTKit devices.
Support for new adaptive streaming protocols, like HLS and DASH.

FOR MAC USERS
Completely new, single window interface:
- Available in 2 colors: Lion grey and QTX black.
- Extensions support and better Lion integration.
Support for all QTKit devices through qtcapture and qtsound modules.
Continued support for X 10.5 and PPC users (1080p and ProRes on Dual-G5!).

FOR ANIME FANS
Vastly improved MKV demuxer.
Rewritten linked segments and ordered chapter files support.
Correct support for FLAC, RV and Hi10p in MKV.
Rewritten seeking support in cue files.
Various ASS subtitles improvements.

FOR PROFESSIONAL USERS
Support for ProRes 422 and 4444, AVC/Intra.
Support for Jpeg-2000 and DNxHD/VC-3 in 10bits.
Support for EBU subtitles (stl) and EIA-608.
SDI and HD-SDI card support for input on Linux.
New Dirac/VC-2 encoder, faster than the previous one.

FOR DEVELOPERS
libVLC, libVLCcore and libcompat have switched from GPL to LGPLv2.1+.
New libVLC examples are available: media player, photobooth and mediainfo clones.
New JSON requests on the web interface to control running VLC instances.
Implementation of the MPRIS2 interface to control media players.
VLC's web plugins have been rewritten for better integration and stability in all browsers.


Alternative to VLC media player:
BSPlayer
GOM Player
GOM Video Converter
Kantaris Media Player
KMPlayer
Light Alloy
Media Player Classic
MPC-BE
MPC-HC
PotPlayer
SMPlayer



Guides and How to's:
How to record streaming WMV/ASF/MMS-links using VLC Media Player - Read
How to stream live tv or video with VLC/videolan - Read
Streaming Digital TV/DVB Over A Network - Read
VLC/videoLAN video streaming from a video file - Read
View all guides with guide description here


Acronyms / Also Known As:
VLC, videolan, VLC Blu-ray plugin

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About thread - VLC Media Player 1.1.11 The Luggage slow open Nov 23, 2011
Hay, I'm running VLC media player 2.1.5 Rincewind on a Intel i5 Desktop with OS Win 7 (64bit) updated 2015may08
After many googles finally the SOLUTION - in Malwarebytes (pro) and possible also in other anti-malware progams
go to Settings - Malware exclusions - select C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe
(maybe you have to add also C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc-cache-gen.exe)
Only with VLC.exe added it opens on my 8 gB memory PC in 3 secs now.

Greets from "half down under water" Holland)
(Google tags - VLC media player opens slow starts slow slow loading running slow)



Posted May 08, 2015 by . Tool version 2.1.5 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10
Guides: http://www.ghacks.net/2013/09/25/get-vlc-media-player-tips/ http://www.wowza.com/forums/content.php?64-How-to ... nd-tuning)" target="_blank">https://www.vlchelp.com/guides/ http://www.gha ... nd-tuning)


Versatile media player that can play about anything you throw at it.
It can crash on some occasion though with mkv files containing subtitles.

But its free. :)



Posted February 27, 2015 by . Tool version 2.1.5 using OS Windows 8 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


While it has generally functioned well I have been having one very major issue with this version. Randomly the picture freezes and say 5 - 6 second segment of the audio stream goes into infinite loop. At this point I even have hard time in killing the application. The same video file plays flawlessly in version 2.0.7.

I wonder if it is just me - with sub-par original Intel hardware - or something is the matter with this version !



Posted January 13, 2015 by . Tool version 2.1.5 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 7 of 10


I tried both versions 2.1.5 and 2.2.0RC2 (x64) and Audio garbles. Video OK. Tried install 2.1.4 over this, no can do. So, I uninstalled via Microsoft Add/Remove and decided to go with 2.1.3 since I saw "roma_turok" comment below. BTW, when I try to play a Movie with VLC, it does not show the video clearly right off the back. After few seconds that movie is playing then picture becomes clear.


Posted November 28, 2014 by . Tool version 2.1.5 & 2.2.0 using OS Vista 64-bit
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VLC Media Player 2.1.5 crashes while opening any video but it was same in 2.1.4 version also. But 2.1.3 version is working fine. Please fix this bug.


Posted September 06, 2014 by . Tool version 2.1.5 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 2 of 10 Value for money 2 of 10 Overall score 2 of 10


In version 2.1.0-pre2 beta they finally fix it problems with sound
now sound volume change instant not like previous version its take 1-2sec
when pause video, sound muted instant
sound volume limited to 125%,
previous version was 200% was easy accidentally make to loud sound



Posted July 31, 2013 by . Tool version 2.1.0-pre2 beta using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10


VLC is the best I've ever used and I'm still learning what it can do. Seems nothing is out of bounds for this. Even use it for general transcoding, cutting, etc.


Posted June 04, 2013 by . Tool version 2.0.6 twoflower using OS Windows 7 64-bit
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Plays everything still. Not well but it will play the files. It's gotten slower and buggier. They now hide the options in a basic mode. This is never a good sign either there are too many options or the interface is bad so just hide part of it rather then fix it. In this case it's both.
In any case you will need to mess with all of the settings anyway to get useful video output. Now the video output when using H.264 in MKV and MP4 has periods of blockyness. For a program that just uses the already the open source codecs I wounder how they screw up this bad.
It's just a media player and it doesn't work out of the box what are they thinking. This is the perfect example of bloat and decay killing a useful software product.



Posted April 30, 2013 by . Tool version 2.0.6 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 1 of 10 Functionality 6 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 5 of 10


Best player I've ever used. It's nice they finally added support for Apple Lossless as well in version 2.0.6.


Posted April 22, 2013 by . Tool version 2.0.6 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
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Tried latest Version on W7 64, and the player crashes all the time. I had to go back to version 2.05


Posted April 12, 2013 by . Tool version 2.06 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
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For years I had used VLC but after migrating to MPC-HC/PotPlayer+LAV+MadVR, I wonder if its worth updating to new version and use it? Its best for those that don't want codec installation mess and just want their video to play as is. But without any greater manual tweaking functionality it is not better to my opinion. But still it is good to have in the system as it can play most files which may fail otherwise in other players with external codecs! Plus SubtitleEdit needs VLC to draw the waveform which is essential sometimes.


Posted April 11, 2013 by . Tool version 2.0.5 using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 6 of 10


It is one of the most backward player what I've ever seen.

Manual options close to 0

HW acceleration have many problems.

It use only TV color range only: 16-235 instead of 0-255 full color range, which causes problems in camcrder videos. (camcorder videos can work 0-255 range which is bigger than the color range (16-235) of DVD, HD-DVD, Blu-ray and Broadcast TV MPEG2 etc...

Backward player with few manual options and HW acceleration problems.

It is the player of the mid 2000s rather than a modern player in 2012.




Posted December 16, 2012 by . Tool version 2.0.5 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
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You can also use remote control apps for Android:
http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.enachemc.vlcblackremotedemo

It works with the screen turned off.



Posted November 07, 2012 by . Tool version 2.0.2 using OS Windows 7
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Guides: http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.enachemc.vlcblackremotedemo


VLC has always been slow but it got worse. 1.0 would play 1080P .mp4 on my laptop without issues now it skips and has visual glitches. Also the bookmark feature has disappeared. Still plays almost every format. I have not tested for the dvd playing issues or the color of subtitles in .mkv that I have had in the past.


Posted April 02, 2012 by . Tool version 2.0.1 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 7 of 10


I'm a big fan of VLC player, however, the new version has some serious bugs. I tried to open a folder of .flv files. While browsing through the folder, the program would lock up. When I closed the program, and tried again, the same problem. Eventually my whole computer locked up. I went to task manager, and although no applications were running, under "processes" there were a couple of vlc player processes working simultaneously. Once I ended those processes, things returned to normal. I tried it again with the same bugs. I then deleted 2.00 and returned to version 1.11 and everything worked normally. I hope the bug is worked out. I scored the "functionality" and "overall" score very low, however, the old version 1.11 would get high scores. A fix with a "2.01" version would make me a happy camper.


Posted February 27, 2012 by . Tool version 2.00 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 2 of 10


Was great until v. 1.0. Then started crashing like crazy. On v. 2.0 now and it still crashes regularly. A long time and still no fix in site. No other player crashes with this frequency on my W7 machine. Pretty much if I touch it while a video is playing, it goes away.


Posted February 26, 2012 by . Tool version 2.0 using OS Windows 7
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still no resume support.otherwise good player.


Posted February 26, 2012 by . Tool version 2.0 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 7 of 10


I really WANT to like this program. And 2.0 is nicer. The interface and sub handling are definitely better.

But ...

I played an unencoded rip of one of my DVDs. It still doesn't play it smoothly. Version 1.05 or whatever will, but the streaming is no longer secure.

I tried some files that play fine in SMPlayer and didn't in the previous VLC. They don't in 2.0 either.

There still doesn't seem to be any ASIO/Wasapi support. Come on people. If it had that I'd definitely use it as an audio player. Or if I were running Linux or Mac OS. They don't have that nasty habit Windows has of always wanting to resample audio.

I wish SMPlayer had an interface as good as this does. It's more like older versions of VLC.

But it still plays a wider variety of videos better, and the video filters are still MUCH better.

I don't dislike VLC enough to bother uninstalling it but I don't think I`ll be using it any more often than the previous version. Which is, increasingly, not much.



Posted February 26, 2012 by . Tool version 2.0 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
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Xvids and ISOs (and everything else) work fine under VLC 2.0.0 for me. Check your system before you starting blaming the software. Love this app!


Posted February 19, 2012 by . Tool version 2.0.0 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
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Looks like V2 is a work in progress. Doesn't decode Xvid video stream, but audio is okay. Some ISO files don't start when dragged to the interface. So far no problems with Matroska. No crashes.


Posted February 19, 2012 by . Tool version 2.0 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
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Mac version 2.0.0 on Snow Leo (10.6.8) - no problems. Still doesn't do a good job of transcoding videos but there are many other tools that do that quite well (like Handbrake, MP4Tools, Submerge, QT Pro Player).

One major flaw: Name of video in playlist window seems to be taken from metadata so, if you're comparing two different videos (let's say, one named MyVideo.AVI and another named MyVideo.MP4 in the filesystem), their names in the playlist will be identical if their metadata names are identical. You will, therefore, need to keep the "Media Information" window open so you can click and drag on the "Location" field so you can see the actual file name. PITA.

Solution: Provide a preference that permits display of the filename instead of the metadata name in the Playlist.



Posted February 19, 2012 by . Tool version 2.0.0 using OS MacOSX
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Clicking on most video files crashes it. Starts playing after clicking on it again (sometimes repeatedly). Once it starts playing, there is no problem. This is the installed version. Downloaded standalone version. Will try and report.


Posted February 19, 2012 by . Tool version 2.0 using OS WinXP
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Compared to my old favorite MPC-HC, and the new PotPlayer, I now prefer good ol' VLC because:

- It supports playing Windows Media Center recordings (.wtv) properly, including those flagged as "protected" (PotPlayer plays my digital tuner recordings with the audio out of sync; MPC-HC can't play "protected" recordings).

- It can properly play all formats faster when want to (MPC-HC can't play .wtv faster, e.g.).

- It time-stretches the audio properly when playing faster (PotPlayer causes a kind of reverb effect; MPC-HC still has no time-stretch at all).

Other than the above, all the other handy features are cool. I did run into some quirkages, though:

- For some reason, the playback speed setting default became 0.90x instead of 1.00x. I found how to fix it, though, by going into the "vlcrc" settings file and changing it there.

- If "post processing" is activated, it seems to cancel out deinterlacing. I was wondering why the picture quality seemed especially bad on some files, so I dug around and found disabling the post-processing filter actually improved things.

And will there every by a 64-bit version?!



Posted November 11, 2011 by . Tool version 1.1.11 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
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Thanks for the tip, but there's a bit more to this.

First of all, there's been a bit of discussion on the Kaspersky forum indicating you're correct in saying it's a false positive.

http://forum.kaspersky.com/index.php?showtopic=20 ... try1623021

However, one of the posters there pointed out that on the VLC site itself, there are some indications that the download really is infected:

http://forum.videolan.org/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=89196

Why / How are you 100% sure that it's a false positive? 0

Oh, and as for "freaking out", as the saying goes, "only the paranoid survive". ;-)

Anyway, thanks very much for your input and have a nice weekend.



Posted March 25, 2011 by . Tool version 1.1.8 using OS WinXP
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false positives happen. don't freak out and go nuts next time. the installer is clean.


Posted March 24, 2011 by . Tool version 1.1.8 using OS Windows 7
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