EDITOR'S REVIEWS

VLC Media Player

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.

Rating

5.0

★★★★★

Amazing

Rating

4.0

★★★★☆

Great

VLC Media Player Specs

  • Version: 2.1.2
  • File Size: 22.78MB
  • Price: FREE
  • Operating Systems: Windows XP, Vista, Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows 8

Overview:

VLC is a free, open-source media player that comes stock with more audio and video codecs than almost any of its competitors.

Pros:

Beyond the obvious fact that VLC comes equipped with one of the most complete codec libraries on the market, which allows it to play nearly any video file and most popular audio formats, there are a number of other reasons to go with this media player. VLC is able to play damaged, incomplete, even broken files; in many cases it can even fix the broken files so that they can be played more easily in the future. There is automatic audio-synch, so video playback is always synched up with the audio track. You can play media directly from archives; for instance, if you don’t have software to extract RAR files, VLC will play the contents of the archive without needing to extract individual files first.

Cons:

One of the only real drawbacks about VLC is that it doesn’t automatically support Blu-Ray discs. There are a handful of patches and tutorials that allow you to do so, but it is not an automatic function when you first run the program. Also, it can be a little tricky to navigate from one operating system to the other; since it is open source, each platform has catered the layout specifically to their interface, so if you are switching between a Mac and PC for instance, each installation will look a little different.

Final verdict:

Based its ability to play nearly any video file format and convert video files alone, this is a must-have application. Then, when you factor in its powerful audio player, control over streaming video and audio, and the advanced video controls, you begin to realize why VLC has become the standard for free video player software.

PRODUCT OVERVIEW

Pros: able to play damaged, incomplete, even broken files

Cons: doesn’t automatically support Blu-Ray discs

PRODUCT SCREENSHOT
VLC Media Player QT Interface