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      10.03.2014 14:56
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      A no brainer for anyone who watches video on their computer

      Have you ever tried to watch a video on your computer only to be greeted by an incomprehensible error message? Unfortunately with the sheer number of different video formats that is a regular occurence. There are only two solutions - install a new media player every time you need it, or install VLC Player, the one product that can handle pretty much any file with ease.

      VLC plays all kinds of audio and video. There is almost literally no file that it can't play.

      Personally, I've used it for several years: for DVDs, for video clips downloaded from the internet, for video taken from my camera, for music, for podcasts and more. In that time I have never once been unable to play a file, meaning I have never had to scurry around looking for an add on or go hunting for an alternative player.

      Quite simply VLC makes using your computer much simpler.

      Pros:

      Works on many platforms - Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS.
      Totally free!!
      Doesn't seem to hog resources as much as other players (e.g. Windows Media Player or Real Player)
      Loads of handy tweaks - adjust the brightness or rotate the screen quickly and easily. I find the ability to quickly increase or reduce playback speed to be very useful.
      Ability to boost the volume past what other players allow - very useful for quiet videos or computers with poor speakers.
      Extremelly Easy to install

      Cons:

      I can't confirm this, but I'm told that it doesn't play Blu-Ray. (Although seemingly it does play files ripped from Blu-Ray.
      Probably won't replace a program like iTunes when it comes to playing music - it doesn't show you your library in such an organised, easily navigable way.
      The program itself doesn't look as slick or attractive as its competitors - but with functionality like this, does that really matter?

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      This is without a shadow of a doubt the best program of its kind currently available. Any time I get a new computer, this is one of the programs that gets installed in the first hour.

      Not only is it the best - it's also 100% free. What possible reason could there be to use any other player?

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        08.11.2011 00:00

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        Great piece of multimedia viewing freeware

        VLC is a freeware media player designed for almost anything, i initially downloaded this after i first got an .MKV file (Blu-ray) and was unable to play it with either Windows media player or the 3rd party software i had at the time which i cannot recall. After reading reviews online VLC seemed like a safe bet and i didn't realise at the time quite what a good piece of software it would be for me.


        VLC really is a great piece of free software, it plays almost any film file extension meaning where before you may need different types of media player for different extensions it can all be covered by one, i have as of yet never found something that cannot be played by VLC, i even gave it a damaged file and it cached it and got it to play in minutes. VLC can also play other files, including music, this is great for those iTunes haters. As everyone knows iTunes can be pretty annoying and VLC provides a decent alternative, although it doesn't have a library format such as iTunes it has other features such as you can change lots of things on the music like the bass and choose the output type dependent on what room you're in for example dance-hall etc. VLC also unlike others doesn't ask you to always be downloading new codecs and other things like this and easily completes tasks with minimilastic processing power being consumed allowing it to be used on low spec machines as well as the top end power PC's.


        In conclusion if you're looking for an effective multimedia player then i would definitely have this as your first choice! I cannot even think of a paid piece of software that is better than this freeware and it's so easily available and low demanding anyone would be stupid not to have it if you watch films on your PC.

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        21.06.2011 21:41

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        I downloaded VLC Media Player probably a few months ago. Its probably the best and lightest media player thats out there. Isn't buggy, ton's of modification options. Try downloading it, http://www.for-vista.com/2011/03/vlc-media-player-117.html .

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        24.12.2010 17:17
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        Well woth having

        If like me you are fed up with Windows Media Player playing up and either rejecting or not recognising codecs for video formats then VLC is exactly what you need.
        This free softwate is easily found online, takes seconds to download and get up and running and will play just about everything you throw at it with minimum fuss. There is no pressure to upgrade to a fully functional paid version either, the free program does the lot.
        There is a version for whatever operating platform or system you are using and I'm amazed how this tiny program manages to handle what it does without the need for constant downloads or updates, there will be occasions when you will need to update the software but these moments are few and far between and you are taken through the entire process swiftly and easily.
        There is nothing much in the way of instructions but you don't really need them as everything is pretty easy to pick up and understand, a right click of the mouse or the top toolbar is used to access Media playback preferances like picture full screen toggle, aspect ratio, chapter navigation, audio channel selection, subtitles etc.
        Everything you need is here and easy to pick up so the lack of operating instructions is no biggie and won't set you back any.
        The real beauty of this application is it's ability to play all the popular audio and video formats and a few not so popular ones as well, it can even have a go at repairing corrupt media files to play them as best it can rather than just flat out rejecting them.
        I would thoroughly recommend everyone has this installed on their PC as it really is much more hassle free than Windows Media Player and I'm crtain this will soon be your default program of choice for all your Media applications. If you download it and try it and if for some strange reason you don't like it you can uninstall it and it will disappear giving you no trouble as well.

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        09.06.2010 02:06
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        Recommended piece of software.

        I can't quite remember how I came about VLC Media player but I am grateful to whatever occured! It is now my primary media player for the main reason that there is no reason not to. Let me explain why.

        I think the best part of this piece of software is its versatility in terms of files. Unlike other media players it plays nearly every type of file (including ones that my laptop doesn't recognise) so there is no need to download codecs for files most of the time. It switches easily between film and music. The window becomes smaller when it is music and then bigger (up to fullscreen) when it is playing video.

        It works like any other media player. At the bottom it has tools in relation to playback (i.e. pause). There are other ways to use this player that you can find online. Including capturing screencaps from videos by right-clicking and selecting 'video' and 'snapshot'.

        Also unlike other media players it is low on resources. This means that you can use the media player (either watching videos or listening to music) and it doesn't interfere with other programmes or slow down your computer.

        The player is easy to use, you select the file(s) or the folder that you want to play and that is it. You can also create music playlists if you want a mixture of songs to be played without having to go searching for the songs everytime the last one finishes. Unfortunately you cannot save playlists which is a slight disappointment.

        Best of all VLC media player is free to download and use on any OS that you use (yes, including Mac and Linux). Downloading and installing is easy and it is completed in a few steps. It can be downloaded from videolan.org

        I have no real complaints for this piece of software, nor many pathetic attempts at complaining. It really is a wonderful piece of software that I recommend everyone uses. I know a lot of people get attached to their players such and Windows Media Player but VLC player is better for the reasons listed above, especially for unknown file-types. It has been extremely reliable and I can't report any problems in this area. It is free (and safe) to download the small file so what do you have to lose?

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          05.04.2010 13:59
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          A great programme and a great bargain . . it's FREE.

          VLC Media Player; ever since I downloaded this application I was amazed at just how many different types of media it played. Without having to download any codecs. Not only is this a great Video player it is also extremely low on resources compared to others like Windows Media Player.

          *Firstly, it's ability to cope with almost any video file is extremely useful if you have a camcorder and DVD's on your PC etc. As you will be able to play any of these back through VLC.

          *Recently I have had problems with some of my videos and in other media players the voice has been out of sync with the picture. This was ever so easily cured when I went on the VLC forum and found a simple short cut ( just using the keys on the keyboard "j" and "k" ) which meant I could delay the sound allowing the audio and video to be in sync.

          *The fact that this is a free media player makes things a whole lot better. You can download it from the VLC website ( just google it ) for Mac, Windows and Linux and away you go.

          *Furthermore, the variety of features are endless and the only way to experience them is to just download it and try them out. Its reliability is excellent as it is an open source program, which means anyone can fix problems and submit them to VLC. At least every month you will find there is an upgrade to the version you are using. Making it more stable and easier to use.

          Those of you not technology minding may find it a bit daunting at first with all the options available to you however, it is really easy to just stick to the simple play, pause and stop functions without even needing to venture any further.

          Thank You for reading.

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          03.04.2010 23:52
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          One of the first apps I download for a new PC

          This is an excellent piece of software that plays pretty much plays any audio or video file you throw at it. It's free to use and download, very lightweight and does not drain your computer resources unlike some other players.

          The big advantage of using this simple open source application is that it does not require additional codecs. This is something you might come across when using mainstream multimedia players in that they request particular codecs to play a file. VLC does not require this and works straight off the installation.

          VLC media player supports most audio and video formats (H.264, Ogg, DivX, MKV, TS, MPEG-2, mp3, MPEG-4, aac etc) from files, physical media (DVDs, VCD, Audio-CD), TV capture cards and network streaming protocols. It can also convert media files, transcode and act as a streaming server over unicast or multicast and IPv4 or IPv6.

          It's a simple application so if you are expecting beautiful aesthetics and bells and whistles then you will not receive it with this. It will however play videos and audio files perfectly without putting stress on your PC. Definitely worth a download especially if you use a netbook

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            15.03.2010 22:26
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            Fantastic for videos, average for audio

            VLC can play literally anything you throw at it. Music, video, DVD, Internet streams - you name it, VLC can play it. VLC's functionality is its main selling point, other advantages are the very lightweight footprint it has on your system even when playing HD content, and the need to never have to mess around with codecs and the like.

            When open but not playing a file, VLC uses up very little screen estate, just a tiny rectangle in the monitor. It's memory usage sits around 20MB when not playing and 60MB when playing a 720p video. It experiences no stuttering or gaps in playback. Audio and video are both perfect, absolutely no different than if you were to use something like MPC and a codec pack.

            As a video player, VLC is literally perfect, there are no drawbacks. As an audio player I think it lacks considerably. Audio playback is exemplary of course but I prefer a nice interface and the ability to filter for albums, artists, genres etc. like in WMP or iTunes. VLC features none of these, and the interface is far too sparse for my liking. It seems, for me at least, it's simplicity, which is a positive for video playback, is a hindrance for audio playback. If it had music library capabilities, ratings, filtered views, album artwork etc. then this would be the ultimate media tool. As it is, it is only the perfect video player; not audio as well.

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              04.11.2009 18:01
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              A Great Piece Of Software.

              I use VLC Media Player for viewing all of my films and listening to all of my music on my PC. It really does have a wealth of functionality.

              The main benefit is that it's free and costs nothing. There's no advertising involved and it's available on a host of other platforms such as Mac and Linux so with this in mind you don't have to be tied to a Windows operating system to use it.

              It is easy to install and is done just by clicking a few buttons. The size of the program isn't large either so it takes up very little hard disk space and very little memory in order to perform its functions.

              Also, it regularly updates itself. When a new release is available, it advises you and you can update it at your own leisure if more pressing matters need to take place beforehand.

              the interface is simple and straightforward to use as well. It's a simple toolbar that sits at the bottom and lets to perform all of the functions from there. The help is available online and in the unlikely event that you're stuck, advice can easily be sought from there.

              But ultimately, it's the flexibility. It doesn't just play MP3's and video files but a host of all others that have some file extensions that I've never even heard of! Chances are, if you've had a file hanging around for a while and you don't know what to play it with, VLC probably will and will play it to a very good standards. Also, when it is playing anything, the functionality to fast forward, view in full screen, and the frame refresh quality is second to none.

              To be honest, by here is where I'd write some criticisms that I can think of, but I genuinely cannot think of anything. And, when you have something that's free of charge, it's rude to really do that so I'm thankful I can't think of any in that sense. It really is a great piece of software and worth a shot at trying seeing as it's free. You really have nothing to loose by doing so.

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                23.07.2009 12:50
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                Really useful media player to have

                Forget all the other media players this is the only one you will need and it's free! Unlike the other media players like quicktime, VLC plays everything. When you want to watch films or listen to music sometimes Quicktime doesn't support the format this will. All you need to do is download it from their website and it is ready to use. This is available for both PCs and Macs so you have no reason not to get one. It plays media files in the same way that any other player does but it just plays so much more. You no longer need to worry that something won't play or get annoyed if you've just downloaded a film and you can't watch it. VLC is the solution to all your problems. It's really easy to use, when you want to open the media file in VLC just right click on the file and open with VLC. You can also create playlists on VLC so it can fully replace all the other media players

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                  15.05.2009 21:25
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                  It's free, so worth a try if you can't find that pesky little codec to play a video!

                  VLC is possibly the ultimate piece of software for anyone who wants to listen to/watch anything on their computer. It is open source, meaning that anyone is capable of contributing to its development, and it is 100% free. Available on all major operating systems, there really is no excuse not to give it a go!

                  One of the most obvious features of VLC is it's playback functionality, so far it has been capable of playing back virtually everything that I've thrown at it, even partially completed downloads which most other software throws up errors on.
                  In addition to support with almost endless amounts of codec support, it has no end of options you can mess with whilst playing back video, ranging from "screenshots" of video to the ability to de-interlace on the fly.

                  One of the best playback features is the ability to customize what features of a video track are used - such as multi-channel audio/subtitles, and where it is outputted (if you have multiple monitors/sound outputs).
                  In addition to playback VLC is built upon a solid framework of video conversion/streaming - allowing for you to setup your own Internet TV channel (if you have the knowledge)!

                  The user interface probably isn't the simplest to use (especially with advanced features) although for basic playback it is easy enough.

                  I'd say VLC is a must for anyone who frequently watches video on their computer, and occasionally wants that extra option which doesn't appear in most other applications.

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                    25.03.2009 20:53
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                    VLC Media Player is one of the most fully comprehensive media players available in general computing. Available for Microsoft Windows, Macintosh and various Linux operating systems, it offers a wide system of audio and video playback through virtually all of the major file types and reduces the need to download various "codec" packages to enable playback of certain compressions and extensions.

                    The wide variety of playback extensions is impressive. At the time of writing this, the player supports over 50 various audio and video file types including the more popular .WMV, .MOV (Quicktime), .RV (Real Player) and .FLV (Flash). There is also support for other types such as DIVX, XviD and H.264. This is certainly a wide range of support which would handle almost all input jobs put forward into VLC Media Player. The player also boasts the ability to playback DVD movies and bypass any region encoding the disc may have, allowing the user to seamlessly play DVD content from any area of the world. Reliability is a plus in this program as I'm able to trust that the program will be able to play any large video file which takes countless hours to download.

                    At first glance VLC Media Player may seem somewhat confusing. The player is simply a display of typical video controls such as a play button, fast forward and eject. There is also a simple menu system which seems to be more useful than the actual on-screen buttons. The easiest way of opening video content, I find, is to use CTRL + O which executes the "Quick Open File" command and displays a familiar file system when loading other content into other programs. There is definitely an element to this program where the user can find his or her own preferred style of operation as there is numerous ways to execute the same task (such as loading content). Nonetheless, after the slight learning curve the pros show clearly in the way the program is able to handle such a vast amount of content with ease.

                    The update history of VLC Media Player is not something I have regularly followed as I only find it necessary to update in the rare event the media player is not able to handle a certain file. When I navigate to the VLC Media Player homepage there does appear to be a newer build but these accesses are few and far between. To the average user, keeping this program up to date is not a necessity and may remain "untouched" for months or even years.

                    Installation is through a simple graphical installer typical to most other programs. There does appear to be some requirement to have a more recent computer to operate VLC Media Player smoothly but the vendors do claim the software will run on systems dating from Windows 95. The oldest operating system I have successfully installed VLC Media Player on to is Windows ME.

                    A complete all in one solution, VLC shows little by the way of flaw. It is something I regularly open when I'm in need of a reliable video player to handle any content without error and is recommended for any system.

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                      24.01.2009 22:02
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                      A brilliant player - must download

                      .avi, .mkv, .wmv ... VLC media player has managed to handle everything I have thrown at it. A wonderfully built, low power consumption program, VLC does everything that WMP and Quicktime wouldn't do for me - and all for free!

                      The vast range of media types out there at the moment has made a niche for such all in one players, and VLC has managed to fit this nicely.

                      There also some other features that are worth a mention - VLC provides its own streaming channel service, allowing one to listen and watch free to air tv and radio channels. Streaming from VLC is also very easy, and makes watching films on another computer o even TV, whilst playing the DVD on a separate system very easy.

                      Whilst I can think of no real disadvantages to the player, there are several other alternative players out there including Zoom player, and media classic player. However, I would still recommend VLC above any other player.

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                        10.11.2008 15:43
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                        Must Have Piece of Software.

                        VLC Media Player is a free software media player which acts as a multimedia player, encoder and streamer.

                        I use VLC to watch all the videos I watch on my computer which are mainly AVI format.

                        VLC will play almost anything and so far I have not tried to load something up on it which wont play.

                        From my ecxperience of other media players this is the best. The layout is basic, making it very easy to use.
                        I don't know if it includes anything fancy, but Play, Stop, Pause, Forward, Back, and Volume Control are good enough for me.

                        Another advantge of the software is that it requires very little power from your PC to run it, so you can watch videos while running things in the background with little or no loss of performance.

                        All in all I recommend this to anyone who watch movies, etc on their PC. You might aswell download it, it is free anyway.

                        10/10

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                        there are more good points to vlc then bad iand it is must have for the desktop

                        VLC is a media player which was first released in 2001.

                        It handles all video formats and all audio formats though I have had trouble playing some wma and wmv files.

                        The best part of vlc is is its free and regularly updated.Because there is no set date for release updates what I do is I am subscribed to web site called www.icewalkers.com and they send me regular updates a soon as a new version comes out am notified.It mainly updates you open source programs.

                        The most current version is 0.9.3 and is available on ww.videolan.org/vlc.

                        Vlc is available for all operation systems such as mac,linux and even windows but from what Ive seen the linux version seems to be the most up to date.

                        In the program vlc does includes its own rencoder but have had problems rencoding videos so far.audio converting is fine.I found the rencoding corrupted my video files.

                        On a end note vlc in terms lokss is not as flashy as windows media player 11 but it does handle all formats so not codecs need to be downloaded after installing.

                        Vlc is best for watching dvd's.

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