VLC Media Player is the most popular and robust free multi-format multimedia player available. The VLC Media Player was publicly launched in 2001 by the non-profit organization VideoLAN Project. VLC Media Player quickly became very popular thanks to its versatile multi-format playback capabilities. It was helped by compatibility and codec issues that made competing media players like QuickTime, Windows and Real Media Player useless for many popular video and music file formats. The simple and basic user interface and the wide variety of customization options have reinforced the position of VLC Media Player on top of free media players.

Flexibility

VLC Media Player plays almost any video or music file format you can find. At its launch, this was a revolution compared to the default media players that most people used and often failed or showed “missing codec” error messages when trying to play media files. VLC Media Player can play MPEG, AVI, RMBV, FLV, QuickTime, WMV, MP4 and a large number of other video and audio multimedia file formats. VLC Media Player can not only handle loads of different formats, but can also play partial or incomplete audio and video multimedia files so you can preview the downloads before they end.

Easy to use

The user interface of VLC Media Player is definitely a case of beauty function. However, the basic aspect makes the media player extremely easy to use. Simply drag and drop files to play them or open them using files and folders, then use the classic multimedia navigation buttons to play, pause, stop, skip, edit playback speed, change volume, brightness, etc. A wide variety of masks and customization options means that the standard appearance should not be enough to prevent you from choosing VLC as your default media player.

Advanced Options

Do not let the simple VLC Media Player interface fool you, within the playback, audio, video, tools and view tabs there is a wide variety of player options. You can play with synchronization settings that include a graphic equalizer with multiple presets, 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 folder.

Summary

VLC Media Player is simply the most versatile, stable and high quality free multimedia player available. It has successfully dominated the free media player market for more than 10 years and it seems that it could do so for another 10 years thanks to the constant development and improvement of VideoLAN Org.



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