VLC Media Player 2.1.3 pick
FreewareFiles Editor's Review
Many media players are compatible with only a few formats, and users are forced to install several programs if they want to play different types of files. With VLC Media Player, however, you wonít need to do this because this free video player accepts all formats from a wide variety of inputs. In addition to playing many audio and video formats, including Blu-Ray, the latest version can also act as a server to stream both multicast and unicast content in either IPv4 or IPv6. The changes in this new movie player put it ahead of the competition.
InstallationInstalling the player took only a few seconds although you can take slightly longer if you want to select or deselect some of the many options it offers, including installing Web browser plugin.
Considering the wide variety of options VLC Media Player has and the multiple formats it accepts, the movie player is relatively light and fast. We found it easy to interact with the player, and its buttons were responsive. We set the free video recorder as the default player.
The program uses tabs to divide the various options it offers, each of which provides options for making relevant adjustments. For example, users can choose various effects and output modules in the audio tab while the video tab provides options for performing deinterlacing, running on Accelerated Video Output and creating different effects in real time.
We found it convenient to use the keyboard shortcuts the program supports. You can use different key combinations to perform most of the things you can do with a mouse. The free video player does a great job at keeping unused features out of the way but easy to access. While many people will be satisfied using VLC Media Player as their favorite movie player, the program has more functions.
We could customize the player to suit our preferences, including choosing toolbar elements and the position of the toolbar itself. We liked the programís ability to display the relevant portion immediately even when we paused a video, which made it easy to locate desired sections before playing.
These features would make little sense if the sound quality were not commensurate. Fortunately, VLC Media Player produces high quality audio and accepts several configurations, including adjusting the equalizer and setting surround sound. We particularly enjoyed the sound coming from the headphone.
VLC Media Player is suitable for both basic and advanced users, which makes it a well-rounded program.
VLC (initially VideoLAN Client) is a free video player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, ...) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.
Interfaces and control:
"Good Video but NO Plugin"
Reviewer: -dennphill Review Date: 2013-12-22
Average Rating (293 Votes )
Pros: Ben using VideoLan for a long time Works great as stand alone viewer
Cons: Newest version 2.1.2 Rincewind has NO plugin to update Firefox 26. Older VLC versions will be blocked in Addons. Unacceptable.
Other Thoughts: VideoLAN does not address this issue. Until fixes are available, product cannot be recommended for use with a browser.