VLC media player VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files, and various streaming protocols.
You know, about 3 years ago I used to use VLC for a lot of stuff. It had.flv support, and a lot of other nice tihngs. Then I started having MKV files and on my old, 10 year old computer, they would start to slow down during fast action sequences and it was really irritating. I found MPC and used that for a few years. Eventually MPC randomly decides it doesnt feel like displaying subtitles anymore, so I switch to zoom, which is basically the same thing I guess then after a few months that wont do it anymore. I havent really played around with the settings certainly not to a point where Id change something and not notice right away that it had stopped having subtitles to work.
So I get a little frustrated and decide to use VLC again just for the hell of it, to see if it works. What do you know, it does. Ill keep bouncing around between programs as theyre updated and surpass each other. Fuck your elitist bullshit. This is like brand loyalty, except worse.That video was a waste of time, too. Give me 5 bullet points, not a three minute video of what VLC was like 3 years ago. It doesnt even bother to back up its statements.
Its like the creator thought hey, those hitler subtitle videos are pretty funny and decided to make his own, but didnt realise that hes just a twat without any wit to speak of.Oh boy, the internet! I've been reading some of the hate mail lower down the review list, and I just don't recognise the VLC they're commenting on.I have thousands of mp3 flac wav mp4 m4a ape and many more formats, and VLC plays the lot. It'll play corrupt files - terminating at the point the coruption gets bad.I also use it for movies. Zotero for word 2015 on mac. There are loads of avi formats, and loads of codecs which you have to attempt to download to WIndows Movie Player (and often fail to find because they were never intended for published formats), there are mpeg formats that Quicktime tries to grab for itself, and fails on. There's divx and xdiv, requiring proprietaty players. There's flash flv.
Loads of other minority formats.Maybe I'm just lucky, but I haven't found a file VLC fails to play at all - except encrypted ones.I have had relatively few cases where there have been pixellation or dropouts. On examination these usually return out to be enormously compressed microsoft formats and sometimes, on my slow machine, I find they play better second time through - which must be to do with emmory caching or the like.What I tend to do is convert everything I can to mpeg2 or flv, that makes things playable on most platforms, and gets rid of some playback artefacts.To be fair to thise who have had bad experiences: round about version 1.8.6, VLC went astray.
The developers droppedsupport for web embedded objects, and made some strange decisions about formatting and playback. Since version 1.0.0 was introduced, IMO they're back on track. The current version is 1.0.5 and it's good.
I use VLC as my default player because it handles pretty much all formats. It won't play encrypted stuff - I hate encrypted movies and music and won't have anything to do with those.VLC will also convert between formats. I use it occasionally to convert (for example) tdswav to mp3.If I have a lot of files to convert, I use foobar2000 (afterdawn folks, give it a plug!) because it understands many formats natively, but is also has add-on components covering dts, ape, etc - and the real reason I use it is because it will batch convert as many files as you want it to.