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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.


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.


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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Title: VLC Media Player 1.1.0 RC1
Filename: vlc-1.1.0-rc-win32.exe
File size: 18.25MB (19,136,232 bytes)
Requirements: Windows XP / Vista / Windows7 / Windows8
Languages: Multiple languages
License: Open Source
Date added: May 27, 2010
MD5 Checksum: 74A2FC6330D10C4E4DC40E49B72906CD

Change Log

# Important changes for users:
* On Linux, known bugs in the ALSA library might prevent audio output. Update to alsa-lib 1.0.24 or later, or use the PulseAudio output instead.

# Important changes for packagers:
* The module cache has moved to ${libdir}/vlc/. The module cache can now be generated at install time except if you use staged installation. In the later case, you can generate the module cache in your post-inst script by invoking 'vlc-cache-gen'. If the module cache is not present and vlc can't write in ${libdir}/vlc/, it will result it vlc taking a long time to launch each time.
* Most X11-related plugins now use XCB instead of Xlib. VLC now uses
- xproto,
- xcb, xcb-shm, xcb-xv, xcb-randr (from libxcb),
- xcb-keysyms (from xcb-utils),
- x11-xcb (from libx11) - only for GLX support.
* On X11 platforms, a _working_ version of xdg-screensaver is typically required to inhibit the screensaver during video playback.

# Access:
* Support for the sftp protocol
* Support for CDDB servers for Audio-CD on the Windows port
* New memory input (imem) access and access_demux module to feed VLC from data in memory
* New avio module to use libavformat capabilities for network streams, like rtmp://
* Port of the screen module from Xlib to XCB
* Port of the dc1394 module from libdc1394 to libdc1394 v2.0

# Decoders:
* Support for DxVA2 for H.264 decoding on GPU on Windows Vista and 7
* Support for VAAPI for H.264 decoding on GPU on GNU/Linux
* Audio/Video decoders and encoders using OpenMAX IL components for DSP usage
* Support for HD-DVB subtitles - Display Definition Segment
* Support PGS subtitles for Blu-Ray
* Invmem module improvements
* Support for Atrac1 audio codec
* Support for SSE3 and SSE4 capabilities in some codecs
* Multiple improvements for subtitles styles .SRT and .SSA
* Support for Indeo5 video codec
* Support for Windows Media Speech (Voice) audio codec natively on all platforms
* Support for AMR-NB audio codec on the Windows and Mac port
* Improvements on the FLAC format (7.1 channels and 88.2/176.4/192 kHz support)
* Direct rendering is always used with H.264 in avcodec module
* Support for MPEG-4 ALS lossless audio codec
* Support for VP8 codec

# Demuxers:
* Support for .aob files from DVD-Audio (MLP and LPCM) (Full disc support is NOT present yet)
* Support for ADPCM in .flv streams
* Support for TwinVQ (.vqf) and AMV (.amv) files
* Various EGP improvements
* Support for embedded subtitles in OpenDML and legacy .avi files
* Many fixes on Matroska support and support for webm format

# Playlist:
* WPL and ZPL playlist support
* Lua scripts for Mpora, Vimeo playback and Rockbox FM radios
* New Play-And-Pause function to stop playback on latest video image
* Podcast images are now displayed

# Video Output:
* Rewrite of the video output core and most video outputs
* Added desktop mode to the Direct3D output module. It differs from DirectX desktop mode, because it hides the desktop icons, but reacts to mouse clicks.
* New x11, glx and xv modules based on XCB
* New deinterlacing modes based on yadif and yadif(x2)
* New audio/video filter to show audio level on the video output
* Enhanced AtmoLight filter with hardware support for
- Classic AtmoLight (
- Quattro AtmoLight (use just 4 Classic AtmoLights as one)
- MoMoLight (
- Simple serial DMX controller ( search for DMX)

# Extensions:
* New content extensions lua framework
* IMDb extension

# Audio filters:
* Chorus/Flanger audio filter
* 3F1R to stereo down-mix filter
* Dolby mixer, parameterized equalizer, trivial mixer, scaletempo, bandlimited resampler, linear resampler, ugly resampler, converter_fixed, DTS to SPDIF and A/52 to SPDIF filters have been upgraded to the "audio filter2" API
* NEON assembly audio converter module
* Converter filters have been rewritten and extended to support s32 as input

# Visualization:
* Support of .milk visualization files using projectM libraries

# Service discovery:
* Service discoveries can now be written in lua
* Service discovery for Picture/Music/Video user directories
* Service discovery based on libudev
* Shoutcast Service discoveries are now removed

# Encoders:
* x264, add psy-rd parameter and change default settings
* x264, add profile-limitter same way as x264.exe has, for example #transcode{vcodec=h264,venc=x264{profile=baseline,level=1.2},vb=384,width=320,height=176}
* x264, defaults to crf=23 as x264.exe-does, if bitrate is given, uses ABR and if qp-value is set uses CQP
* libx264-version 0.76 or higher is required
* x264 has tune/preset parameters supported

# Stream output:
* New smem module, streaming to memory
* Allow duplicate outputs to be merged, like: --sout "#duplicate{dst=transcode{vcodec=mp2v},select=es=0,dst=transcode,select=es=1}:std{...}"

# Interfaces:
* Renamed the legacy rc, telnet and http interfaces to oldrc, oldtelnet and oldhttp.
* rc, telnet and http are now implemented using the lua interface system.

# Mac OS X Port:
* Vastly improved VLCKit framework
* A new dialog provider for libvlc-internal interaction without full interface
* Improved update detection and installation by using the Sparkle framework by Andy Matuschak et al.
* New CoreText based text renderer replacing the former ATSUI renderer
* New Video output module (mostly targetting VLCKit)
* Optimised behavior when using the 2009 Apple Remote

# Windows port:
* Integration in Windows 7 taskbar
* Experimental playback of .Midi files is supported through fluidsynth's module

# Maemo port:
* Multiple improvements for N900 compliance and efficiency
* Support for HW accelerated video decoding on N900
* Improvements to the maemo/hildon interface

# Misc:
* new sqlite module
* --save-config command line option not supported anymore.
* Fixed and reenabled netsync module.

# Bindings:
* new C++ wrapper around libVLC: libVLCpp
* phonon bindings are now usable

# Removed modules:
* csri codec: use the libass module instead.
* galaktos visualisation: use the new projectM module instead.
* showintf: Useless in Qt and on Mac OS X
* transrate: broken since too long
* Xlib x11, Xlib xvideo, Xlib glx: Use the new XCB modules instead.
* HAL: Use libudev instead.
* gtk_main, gtk_main2, gnome_main, gnome_main2 and pda interfaces
* WinCE, BeOS and qnx interfaces
* opie, qte and qte_main interfaces
* linear_resampler and trivial_resampler are removed: use the ugly one.
* XvMC accelerated modules: use VAAPI instead.
* MGA (Matroska) for Linux: use Linux Framebuffer (or X) instead.
* opengllayer: use macosx_video instead.
* cddax: use cdda instead.
* cmml and tarkin codecs are removed because they are dead codecs.
* realaudio codecs: use libavcodec
* access_file removed in favor of filesystem
* RTMP input and output: use avio module