VLC® Media Player Review
VLC Media Player is one of the best known media players available today. VideoLAN(VLC) Client media player was the result of a project to develop a media player that could handle all audio and video formats as well as streamed content. VLC Media Player is free to download and you can change it to look like a Windows Media Player, Mac OS etc as well. The main controls in this Media Player are 'Play', 'Rewind', 'Pause' and 'Stop'. There are many other controls for equalizing graphic, video color adjustments and even options for taking screen snapshots etc.
Since the VLC Media Player is absolutely a free Media Player and supports many file and video formats. It is very useful to all users for viewing any videos in any formats. The packet based VLC Media Player has the capability to play the unfinished, incomplete and even damaged videos. You can also play DVD movies and can have full control of its menu system.
The VLC Media Player is a powerful, free, open source player which comes with the codecs for decoding many files. This can even decode files into some QT friendly ones if needed for the user. When a user opens the VLC Media Player at first time it will look like iTunes mini player. Some sets of submenus will be displayed in the bottom half of 'Audio' and 'Video' menus which offers advance tweaking options. For media formats the VLC has many advanced supports and settings. This Media Player is a very good option for the users who are searching for grabbing the reigns and tame the rogue videos files. The VLC Media Player can play most of the sound formats with iTunes for video files.
- FIVE – Plays everything
The VLC Media Player is an open source media player which will fulfill all your audio and video playing needs. Since this is a packet based media player the VLC can handle even the unfinished, damaged, incomplete videos. The VLC Media Player can support almost all video formats and media codecs. There is no need for the updating of codec packs continuously because the VLC comes with almost every codec built-in.
- FOUR – Design principles
The VLC has a very modular design like many other multimedia players. This modular design makes the VLC Media Player easier to include new plug-ins or modules and new codec or streaming methods. The VLC core creates the graph of modules dynamically depending on the situations like input file format, protocol, input codec, capabilities of video cards etc.
- THREE – Browser plug-in
VLC provides NPAPI plug-in on Windows, Mac, Linux platforms. This plug-in enables the user to view Windows media, MP3, Quick Time files which are embedded in the sites. It also supports Mozilla application suite, Firefox, Opera, Chrome web browsers. It also support web bowers which are Netscape plug-in based. Google uses this plug-in for building Google Video web browser plug in. VLC also provides ActiveX plug-in for viewing MOV, Ogg files embedded in websites.
- TWO – Audio experience
There are several factors that help the VLC media player for achieving good audio experience. The VLC media player has an integrated playlist in the Qt4 interface and the Qt4 interface has multiple views in the playlist. The VLC supports AMR-NB, WMAS, PLAC 6.1/7.1, Mpeg-4 ALS etc. The CD-text and CDDB will work on the port of Windows while listening to CD-audio. The VLC supports .aob files also. This media player has improved album-art and meta-data support.
- ONE – Faster and lighter
The VLC Media Player delivers faster decoding with up to 40% speed ups which is in HD resolutions. This media player will rewrite the first part of the video output core. When the code is simplified many lines of codes will be removed from that. The less used functionalities are moved to the extensions. Only few threads are used in VLC Media Player. Many assembly optimizations are done in the VLC especially ARM Neon etc.
The VLC is a powerful Media Player that fulfills all the users need. The users can play all most all the media codec and video formats in the VLC Media Player. Thus this is the most suited media player for handling VCD, DVD, CD, TV cards etc.