Newest Review: ... 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... more
My media player of choice.
VLC Media Player
Member Name: rockinrach08
VLC Media Player
Advantages: Everything: free, easy to use, no need to download codecs, plays everything
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?
Summary: Recommended piece of software.
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