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

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OS:Windows Mac Linux
Version:2.2.4 / Beta
Released:Mar 15,2017
File size:29.1MB
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Latest version

2.2.4 / Beta (March 15, 2017)


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Download VLC media player Beta  [29.5MB]  [Win]

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Supported operating systems

WinWindows MacMac OS LinuxLinux


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

Download VLC media player nightly builds here ( )

Version history / Release notes / Changelog

Changes between 2.2.5 and

Security hardening for DLL hijacking environments

Translations updates

* Update for Soundcloud, liveleak and Youtube scripts
* Fix potential out-of-band dereference in flac decoder
* Fix potential out-of-band reads in mpeg packetizers
* Fix infinite loop in subtitles demuxer
* Fix incorrect memory free in ogg demuxer

Changes between 2.2.4 and 2.2.5:

* Fix mp3 playback quality regression in libmad
* Fix video scaling in VDPAU
* Fix playback of palettized codecs
* Fix ADPCM heap corruption (FG-VD-16-067)
* Fix AES3 16bps decoding
* Fix DVD/LPCM heap corruption (FG-VD-16-090)
* Fix SCTE-27 colors

* Fix possible ASF integer overflow
* Fix MP4, VOC, XA, SMF divide-by-zero errors
* Fix MP4 heap buffer overflows
* Fix Flac metadata integer overflow
* Fix NSVf and AIFF infinite loops
* Fix flac null-pointer dereference
* Fix vorbis and opus comments integer overflows and leaks

Video output:
* Fix green line on Windows with AMD drivers
* Fix screenshots size

* Fix crash in screen recording on Windows
* Fix FTP scan string injection
* Fix HTTP size handling

* Fix mp4 drift

* Fix vimeo, youtube, dailymotion, cli, appletrailers, http, soundcloud scripts

Audio filter:
* Fix heap write in stereo_widen audio filter

* The plugins loading will not load external DLLs by default. Plugins will need to LoadLibrary explicitely.
* Fix uninstaller path handling
* Fix taskbar buttons behavior

* Fix scrolling sensitivity on Sierra
* Resume points are deleted now if the user clears the list of recent items

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All features

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!).

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.

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.

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.

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Guides and How to's

How to record streaming WMV/ASF/MMS-links using VLC Media Player

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How to stream live tv or video with VLC/videolan

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Streaming Digital TV/DVB Over A Network

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VLC/videoLAN video streaming from a video file

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YouTube VLC media player video tutorials

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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)

May 8, 2015 Version: 2.1.5 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease: 9/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 9/10

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. :)

Feb 27, 2015 Version: 2.1.5 OS: Windows 8 64-bit Ease: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

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 !

Jan 13, 2015 Version: 2.1.5 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 7/10

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.

Nov 28, 2014 Version: 2.1.5 & 2.2.0 OS: Vista 64-bit Ease: 10/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 9/10

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.

Sep 6, 2014 Version: 2.1.5 OS: WinXP Ease: 8/10 Functionality: 2/10 Value: 2/10 Overall: 2/10

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