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VLC Media Player 2.0.0

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Taking Video Snapshots With VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player is the most popular and robust multi format, free media player available. The open source media player was publically released in 2001 by non-profit organization VideoLAN Project. VLC Media Player quickly became very popular thanks to its versatile multi-format playback capabilities. It was aided by compatibility and codec issues which rendered competitor media players like QuickTime, Windows and Real Media Player useless to many popular video and music file formats. The easy, basic UI and huge array of customization options have enforced VLC Media Player’s position at the top of the free media players.

Flexibility

VLC plays almost any video or music file format you can find. At its launch this was a revolution compared to the default media players most people were using that often crashed or displayed “codecs missing” error messages when trying to play media files. VLC can play MPEG, AVI, RMBV, FLV, QuickTime, WMV, MP4 and a shed load of other media file formats. For a full list of compatible file formats please click here. Not only can VLC Media Player handle loads of different formats, VLC can also playback partial or incomplete media files so you can preview downloads before they finish.

Easy to Use

VLC’s UI is definitely a case of function over beauty. The basic look does however make the player extremely easy to use. Simply drag and drop files to play or open them using files and folders then use the classic media navigation buttons to play, pause, stop, skip, edit playback speed, change the volume, brightness, etc. A huge variety of skins and customization options mean the standard appearance shouldn’t be enough to prevent you choosing VLC as your default media player.

Advanced Options

Don’t let VLC Media Player’s simple interface fool you, within the playback, audio, video, tools and view tabs are a huge variety of player options. You can play with synchronization settings including a graphic equalizer with multiple pre-sets, overlays, special effects, AtmoLight video effects, audio spatializer and customizable range compression settings. You can even add subtitles to videos by adding the SRT file to the video’s folder.

Summary

VLC Media Player is quite simply the most versatile, stable and high quality free media player available. It has rightly dominated the free media player market for over 10 years now and looks like it may for another 10 years thanks to the constant development and improvement by VideoLAN Org.

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Technical

Title: VLC Media Player 2.0.0
Filename: vlc-2.0.0-win32.exe
File size: 20.99MB (22,012,750 bytes)
Requirements: Windows XP / Vista / Windows7 / Windows8
Languages: Multiple languages
License: Open Source
Date added: February 20, 2012
Author: VideoLAN.org
www.videolan.org
MD5 Checksum: 28073D35E0D46226E8D39E36A2F3F0C6

Change Log

# Core:
* Major Video Core and Outputs rework and rewrite:
- Subtitles, subpictures and OSD can now be sized and blent inside outputs
- x11 (Unix), OpenGL (Unix) and Direct3D (Windows) are such video outputs.
* Almost every video filter can now be transcoded
* Playback rate doesn't get resetted to 1 between items anymore
* Option --sub-filter was renamed --sub-source
* Port to Android, iOS, OS/2 and Win64.
# Access:
* Multiple files are now supported inside RAR files
* Experimental support for ClearQam devices in the BDA/DTV module
* DVB-S scanning support on Unix
* DVB-C scanning on Unix scans correct modulation/symbolrate if needed
* Support for freq and video standard selection in DirectShow
* Support for VDR recordings (http://www.tvdr.de/) folders
* Experimental Blu-Ray Discs support using libbluray
* HTTP Live Streaming (IETF draft) playback support
* Blackmagic DeckLink SDI cards input support (Linux only currently)
* Linear Systems (HD-)SDI cards input support (Linux)
* PulseAudio audio input support
* Support for RTP dynamic payload types by specifying the payload format in an option (no autodetection): only Theora supported for now
* Basic HTCPCP implementation for Coffee Pot control
* Support for all QTKit-compatible video input devices, aka QTCapture
* Support for all QTKit-compatible audio input devices, aka QTSound
* Support for capturing partially hidden windows in the X11 Screen input
* MPEG DASH (Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP) support
* Support for HTTPS is now fixed in the Windows port
# Codecs:
* One can now use ffmpeg-mt in conjunction with vlc, to split decoding load on multiple cores. H.264, VP3, VP8, JPEG-2000, Mpeg-4 ASP/DivX and RV3/RV4 are notably concerned.
* Important fixes for RealVideo 3.0 and 4.0 playback, notably in MKV
* Experimental Hardware decoding using Broadcom CrystalHD cards
* New module for decoding EBU subtitles (.stl)
* Support for 9bits and 10bits H.264/AVC decoding
* Support for 20-bits PCM and DAT-12 (digital magnetic tapes) from RTP
* New module for Dirac encoding, using the faster libschroedinger The Schroedinger module should be prefered to the Dirac one
* Support for WMV Images, aka WMVP and WVP2, as used by Photo Story
* Support for Lagarith Lossless video codec
* Support for ProRes 422 video codec in 10bits
* Support for DNxHD (VC-3) and JPEG-2000 in 10bits
* EIA-608 closed captions improvements
* Support for JPEG-2000 and Motion JPEG-2000 in the Windows and Mac binaries
* Experimental support of IOMX for OpenMAX IL codecs on Android
* One can use "mp2 " fourcc to encode in mpeg1/2 layer 2
# Demuxers:
* New images demuxer supporting jpeg, png, targa, xcf, git, tiff, bmp, pcx, lbm
* C64 SID file playback support of using sidplay2
* Support for images/cover art in wma/wmv/asf files
* Improvements in .ape files metadata reading and writing
* New demuxer module for EBU subtitles (.stl)
* Support for caf, mtv, awb, f4v, amr, vro (DVD-VR) files
* Ogg, flv, mxf, amr seeking improvements
* Major improvements in Matroska (mkv) chapters/segments handling and seeking
* Support for duration and better seeking in Mpeg-TS files (.ts, .m2ts, .mts)
* Mov improvements, notably for aspect-ratio handling and Audio DV tracks
* Improved support of tracker files
* Real Media (.rm and .rmvb) demuxer is now based on libavformat
# Interfaces:
* Qt: effects dialogs rework
* Qt: new CoverFlow-like view of the playlist
* Qt: port to MacOS X platform
* Qt: various interface improvements, notably on the seek bar
* Skins2 / Qt: misc improvements and usability fixes
* Skins2: fullscreen controller support, relative placement support and important cleanups and optimisations
* Mac OS X: re-written Main Window, which also includes the Video Windows It is available in 2 looks, one grey (Lion style) and one black (QTX style)
* Mac OS X: new Audio Effects panel adding Compressor and Spatializer filters
* Mac OS X: new Track Synchronization panel
* Mac OS X: new Video Effects panel for color and geometry adjustments
* Mac OS X: re-written Open Disc functionality with automatic media detection
* Mac OS X: support for the native fullscreen mode on OS X Lion
* Mac OS X: enhanced AppleScript support
* Mac OS X: support for lua extensions
* The rc and telnet lua interfaces were merged into a new "cli" interface
* lua: the recommended way to run custom interface scripts is now to pass -I luaintf --lua-intf myscript
* ncurses: heavy refactor of the complete interface
* dbus: Upgrade to an mpris2 compliant interface, see http://www.mpris.org
* dbus: Rewrite of the main loop to use a more efficient poll-based model
* webUI/http: Rewrite of the web interface, using jQuery
* webUI/http: some requests are now supported in JSON in addition to XML
* webUI/http: path values for input and output are deprecated in favour of uri
* Qt/Win32: the update system now downloads the updates in the temp folder
* Qt: preferences are now searchable
* Qt: the fullscreen controller is now stackable, full-width, at the bottom
# Video Output:
* New video output based on Direct2D for Windows 7 and Vista (with Platform Update)
* New video output for iOS platform
* Experimental work in progress on a video output using EGL
* Adaptation of the OpenGL layer for OpenGL ES 1.1
* Various vmem improvements
* OpenGL video output now accepts YUV as input and uses fragment programs for chroma conversion between YUV and RGB
* New video output for Android platform, based on Surface
* Support for 9/10bits output in the OpenGL output
* Updated OpenGL video output for Mac, requires a Quartz Extreme capable machine
* New video output based on kva API for OS/2
# Audio Output and Filters:
* New audio output based on AudioQueue API for iOS
* New audio output in memory (amem)
* Important simplification and improvements in the core audio output
* New audio output based on OpenSL ES API for Android
* New audio resampler using Speex (DSP)
* New audio resampler using the Secret Rabbit Code (a.k.a. libsamplerate)
* New Compressor filter, a dynamic range compressor
* New simplistic Karaoke filter
* New audio output based on kai API for OS/2
* Automatic handover from S/PDIF to PCM with PulseAudio 1.0
# Video Filter:
* New gradfun filter for debanding videos using dithering
* Rewrite of the grain filter, faster and with better quality
* New posterize filter for lowering the number of colors
* Atmo ambilight: improve Fnordlicht support up to 254 channels
* New sepia filter for creating sepia effect in videos
* New deinterlacer mode Phosphor, a framerate doubling CRT TV simulator
* New deinterlacer mode IVTC, to do live inverse telecine for NTSC films
* New subsdelay filter to change subtitles delay
* New anti-flickering filter
* New OpenMAX DL IPCS filter for color space conversion and resizing
* New video filter for denoising, based on the famous hqdn3d filter
* Major improvements in the freetype text-rendering module, notably supporting blackbox and customizable shadow.
NB: The freetype module is now used by default on the Mac OS X instead of the quartztext module, which can still be enabled manually. The Win32 font selection was improved too.
# Stream output:
* New livehttp-module for HTTP Live Streaming (IETF draft) output example: vlc inputfile :sout="#transcode{vcodec=h264,acodec=mp3, venc=x264{profile=baseline},width=320,vb=256,ab=96}:std{access=livehttp{index=public_html/iphonestream.m3u8,index-url=http://url-to-iphonestreamfile-###.ts},mux=ts{use-key-frames},dst=public_html/iphonestreamfile-###.ts}"
* Support for Vorbis and Theora in RTP
* Major rework of VoD support
* New delay module, to introduce delays of one ES, when streaming: #delay{id=12,delay=500}:standard...
* New setlang, setid modules to change lang or id of one ES, when streaming: #setid{id=12,new-id=42}:std...
* New langfromtelx module, to change lang of one ES, when streaming, based on a telextex page: #langfromtelx{id=12,magazine=7,page=0x99,row=1}:std...
* New select module, to replace an existing ES with another ES in the same track #duplicate{dst=bridge-out{id=1},select=video,dst=bridge-out{id=0xa3},select=audio} #transcode{...}:bridge-in{id-offset=0}:select{disable=0}:setid{id=0,newid=0xa3}:autodel:std{...}
* New libavformat/avio access_output module for network streaming
# Services Discovery:
* Search API to be able to query distant search APIs from the interfaces
* Upnp module was ported to Win32
# libVLC:
* New capabilities for libVLC:
- libvlc_media_player_navigate for DVD navigation
- libvlc_audio_filter_list_get, libvlc_video_filter_list_get to get the list of available audio and video filters
- libvlc_audio_set_format, libvlc_audio_set_format_callbacks,libvlc_audio_set_callbacks allow grabbing audio data from a chosen memory location in real-time.
# Removed modules:
* asademux, subsass: use libass
* fake, invmem: use the new image demuxers
* hal, v4l, gapi, omapfb, hd1000a, hd1000v: obsolete unmaintained modules
* id3tag: use taglib
* upnp: use upnp_intel
* removal of old telnet interface in favor of the new lua CLI
* removal of http interface in favor of luahttp
* removal of the noise filter
* removal of the SDL audio output, use the native outputs
* growl_udp: use Growl for local notifications on the Mac. UDP support will be removed in Growl's next release, too.
* removal of the OSSO screensave module, use the MCE one
# Translations:
* Update of translations for most languages.
* New Telugu and Kurmanji translations.