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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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Latest version

3.0.10 (April 28, 2020)



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Download VLC media player 3.0.10 Portable Windows 64-bit  70MB  Win64  Portable

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Software License

Free software / FOSS (Free download and also Free and Open Source Software)



Supported operating systems

WinWindows MacMac OS LinuxLinux



More information and other downloads

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 ( http://nightlies.videolan.org/ )



Version history / Release notes / Changelog


Changes between 3.0.9.2 and 3.0.10:
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Misc:
* Update Twitch & VLSub scripts

Changes between 3.0.9.1 and 3.0.9.2:
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Misc:
* Properly bump the version in configure.ac

Changes between 3.0.9 and 3.0.9.1:
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Misc:
* Fix VLSub returning 401 for earch request

Changes between 3.0.8 and 3.0.9:
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Core:
* Work around busy looping when playing an invalid item through VLM

Access:
* Multiple dvdread and dvdnav crashs fixes
* Fixed DVD glitches on clip change
* Fixed dvdread commands/data sequence inversion in some cases causing unwanted glitches
* Better handling of authored as corrupted DVD
* Added libsmb2 support for SMB2/3 shares

Demux:
* Fix TTML entities not passed to decoder
* Fixed some WebVTT styling tags being not applied
* Misc raw H264/HEVC frame rate fixes
* Fix adaptive regression on TS format change (mostly HLS)
* Fixed MP4 regression with twos/sowt PCM audio
* Fixed some MP4 raw quicktime and ms-PCM audio
* Fixed MP4 interlacing handling
* Multiple adaptive stack (DASH/HLS/Smooth) fixes
* Enabled Live seeking for HLS
* Fixed seeking in some cases for HLS
* Improved Live playback for Smooth and DASH
* Fixed adaptive unwanted end of stream in some cases
* Faster adaptive start and new buffering control options

Packetizers:
* Fixes H264/HEVC incomplete draining in some cases
* packetizer_helper: Fix potential trailing junk on last packet
* Added missing drain in packetizers that was causing missing last frame or audio
* Improved check to prevent fLAC synchronization drops

Decoder:
* avcodec: revector video decoder to fix incomplete drain
* spudec: implemented palette updates, fixing missing subtitles on some DVD
* Fixed WebVTT CSS styling not being applied on Windows/macOS
* Fixed Hebrew teletext pages support in zvbi
* Fixed Dav1d aborting decoding on corrupted picture
* Extract and display of all CEA708 subtitles
* Update libfaad to 2.9.1
* Add DXVA support for VP9 Profile 2 (10 bits)
* Mediacodec aspect ratio with Amazon devices

Audio output:
* Added support for iOS audiounit audio above 48KHz
* Added support for amem audio up to 384KHz

Video output:
* Fix for opengl glitches in some drivers
* Fix GMA950 opengl support on macOS
* YUV to RGB StretchRect fixes with NVIDIA drivers
* Use libpacebo new tone mapping desaturation algorithm

Text renderer:
* Fix crashes on macOS with SSA/ASS subtitles containing emoji
* Fixed unwanted growing background in Freetype rendering and Y padding

Mux:
* Fixed some YUV mappings

macOS:
* Use a layer based video output on 10.14 and higher, which should fix various rendering issues where the vout would glitch between a wrong size and the correct size. Additionally this works around OpenGL issues with Macs that have a dedicated NVIDIA GPU, which caused rendering artifacts in the whole OS, especially when the "Reduce transparency" accessibility option is used
* Remove qtsound module and add avaudiocapture module as replacement
* Fix audio capture on macOS Catalina by using avaudiocapture
* Inform the user in case OS permissions are missing for certain actions
* Fix Apple Remote support on macOS Catalina
* Add support for pausing Apple Music on macOS Catalina
* Fix UPnP discovery crash without an active network interface
* Fix rare placement issues with fullscreen panel
* Fix problem in audio output remembering the last device configuration in digital mode

Service Discovery:
* Update libmicrodns to 0.1.2

Misc:
* Update YouTube, SoundCloud and Vocaroo scripts: this restores playback of YouTube URLs.
* Add missing .wpl & .zpl file associations on Windows
* Improved chromecast audio quality


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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.




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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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Acronyms / Also Known As

VLC, videolan, VLC Blu-ray plugin



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It doesn't handle well long playlists, it freezes when I want to move long playlists from the main playlist to the media directory, or as simple as deleting long playlists it freezes too :(

Review by pad39b on Apr 29, 2020 Version: 3.0.10 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 2/10 Value for money: 8/10 Overall: 6/10




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Review by veinylover on Mar 13, 2020 Version: 3.0.8 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10




To me its the best player ever. It's the google chrome browser of the media player.

Review by Skydust on Mar 11, 2020 Version: 2.2.4 32bit OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




Theoretically, the player has everything to be at the forefront. It is available under windows and linux, open source, has been stable developed for over 2 decades.

But then you still have to fight for the very average out-of-the-box usability. Folder show & play and full functional mouse usage is only to get by installing addons. But honestly lots of the addons are not more working from the internal addon store, so you have to goole for workarounds....sure i know long development.

So i don't understand why developers don't even focus on good usability. (good hint: potplayer)

This player and its team deserves a 10/10 rating. But i gave 8.


Review by VidiMini on Oct 24, 2019 Version: 3.0.8 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 7/10 Functionality: 7/10 Value for money: 9/10 Overall: 8/10




I have been a VLC average Player user for over 7 years, and I don't have a negative point at first to talk about, because the program has taken a huge leap in its functionality over the years, I use it not only to watch TV channels. tv via broadcast link (including I record the content when it suits me) besides playing files in .ISO without the need to emulate it (but sometimes when I open the file in .ISO the dvd menus just don't are functional, although very rare to happen), but especially for testing subtitles on videos that low (yes it is an excellent tool for you to test subtitles for their sync). Anyway I just have to congratulate the developers for making available, and developing, a great free tool (by the way is not easy), I also hope that vlc makes its video editor (VLMC) available, be available as soon as possible, for sure will help us a lot!

Review by Diego Souza on Sep 30, 2019 Version: 3.0 OS: Windows 10 Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10


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