4.3 out of 5 with 134 ratings

VLC Media Player Reviews

VLC Media Player

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I like this player, it would be convenient to have chromecast support

tv player

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VLC is a hero. It's the most customizable. But MPV is faster.

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VLC media is a standard-setter for cross-platform, open-source, reliable, dependable, configurable media players. No doubt.
Except one tiny thing: Recently... VLC has gotten slow. Slow on Mac, slow on Linux, and... a little (not much) on Windows. (At least Windows 10.)
VLC deserves respect of a kind very few apps do. It's free, open source AND... at the time of writing (5th March 2017) it's beating Dropbox (nasty sh*t that that is - and it is, trust me!) as the most popular app for Windows on this site. That takes some doing. It really does.
But... here's the thing...: If ultimate customizability isn't so important to you, try MPV. Like VLC, MPV is open source, free and all the rest. But it's likely to load faster and play your thing with fewer glitches and hitches. Until you need the subtitles to be 5 pixels from the left edge of the screen and 8 ms offset from the audio. Then it's back to VLC.

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It does everything. Its just awesome! Although when it crashes, it crashes bad!

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This software and I have been best friends for years.

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Extremely overrated

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Vlc can't even fullfill basic smart things like autoloading subtitles like bsplayer. Default audio&video renderer is always poor. Potplayer is better than this but it can't successfully autoload subtitles either.

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Gread mediaplayer, old UI

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User interface looks and feels old but the player itself is great, plays most videos out of the box, has many useful features and so on

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Probably the heavyweight of Media Players, but on my old laptop I get "choppy" audio. Have made many changes but still no good. Rather than waste more time with VLC I've returned to using what works for me, and that's Media Player Classic - Home Cinema and sometimes MPC-BE (Black Edition). Both work "out of the box" without giving me a headache.

[Edited by maxbramble, February 12]

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The best media player hands down, on any platform, period. It can play any-and-everything video related. Never had anything audio it can't play as well. It's free. It can do A HUNDRED+ other things as well. Rip audio, make pics, cast webcams, stream youtube and other platforms, rip mp3s from the same, or the videos, etc, etc, etc. Solid piece of software, very easy to use for the laymen and it has a vast plethora of under-the-hood settings, addons, plugins. This little charmer is actually a beast.

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Maybe it does not give the highest quality among alternatives.
Maybe it does not have the highest performance among alternatives.
But it just works all properly out of the box.

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I've used VLC for years. Not a single video player has ever beaten it. Fast, accepts literally every codec known to man, intuitive controls to fix subtitles and other issues, and a ton of other features that most users are unaware of: screen recording, downloading YouTube videos, and more. It works well as an audio player, too, if you need to quickly check an mp3. Nothing beats VLC. If you aren't using it, you're missing out.

It does have a few tiny cons. When you pause a video for more than a few seconds, it will often turn the screen gray momentarily when you hit play again. And sometimes getting it to load the same subtitle track and subtitle size for a file can be frustrating. But these cons are so heavily outweighed by the pros that I don't really care.

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VLC is still my go to media player and has been for at least 10 years. Its super lightweight and has everything it needs right out of the box. The default UI is a bit dated.... maybe a lot dated but UI has never stood much ground over functionality in my opinion. On the off chance there is a buggy release I have switched to pot player temporarily in the past..... much cleaner UI and loads of buttons to press which you will rarely use, but the keybindings suck, and its missing a lot of key codecs out of the box. So cheers to FOSS and cheers to VLC....

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Overall is good.
Free, Opensource.

But, developer will not try to implement gapless audio playback.
Therefore, Will not primary audio player.

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It's well-developed, open source, and free. What's not to love? Although, as someone mentioned below me, when VLC crashes, it crashes hard! Overall, though, you can rely on this software whenever you need to play some media files.

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Well said ! Totally agree.


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Works everywhere.
Desktop app UI needs to be updated.

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