VLC Media Player refers to one of the most used, most popular and most powerful media players that
are available to people around the world. The noteworthy thing is that this powerful multi-format,
open-source cross-platform media player is totally free of cost and can be downloaded from any
reputed online source. Its capability to support a number of formats, easy to handle user interface,
numerous customization options for playing audio visual files and its free availability is continuously
taking it to the top position of media players.
VLC Media Player was first released publically in 2001 by a non-profit organization named VideoLAN
Project. Due to its versatility and playback capabilities for multiple formats, VLC soon became a
highly popular media player among PC users. As this player was fully laced with codec and
compatibility, VLC quickly left behind all other media players and went up to the top positions as the
other very famous media players couldn’t compete with VLC in playing many video and audio file
The VLC media player is free software and available very easily. It is not only available for desktops and
all the operating systems but the versions are also available for mobile devices including Android,
iOS devices, Tizen, Windows-based phones and Windows 10 Mobiles. VLC can be acquired from
various sources including digital distribution platforms Google Play, Apple's App Store, and Microsoft
Store. Only the users need to be careful as they should be while downloading any free software from
the internet that the source of download is reliable and preferably known one so any kind of
accompanying malware or harmful threat can be avoided.
Key features and perks
The VLC media player is adorned with every feature and function that should be there is a robust media
player to facilitate its users with a complete experience of enjoying any media file. But the following
points or perks makes it stands out proudly among the other competitors in the market:
The default Graphic User Interface of VLC is based on BeOS and BeAPI, Oct 4 for Windows and Linux
and Cocoa for macOS. The good thing is that a similar standard GUI is given to all these versions.
The VLC media player supports very customizable skins and supports XMMS skins and Winamp 2 as well.
However, VLC doesn’t support skins in macOS version. Moreover, VLC has telnet, remote
control, and console interfaces. AN HTTP interface is also there along with interfaces for hotkeys on
keyboards and mouse gestures.
The best thing about VLC Media Player which makes it so much popular and sought media playing app is
its ability to play almost all formats of video and audio files that are available in the virtual world. This
the capability was widely noted by users from the beginning that when other media players either
crashed or showed error messages such as “codecs missing” when fed many formats of media files,
VLC Media Player easily played these formats including MPEG, RMVB, FLV, AVI, QuickTime, WMV,
MP3, MP4 and many others. Besides its capability of handling numerous media formats, VLC is also
able to play incomplete or partial media files so users can easily preview downloads before finishing
As mentioned before, the user interface of VLC Media Player is obviously designed by preferring
functionality over beauty and high tech looks which sometimes leads to complexity in arrangements
of an interface. VLC, however, goes for a basic look to provide easy to understand, clean and easy to
use layout to users. Users can very conveniently drag and drop the files to open or play them
through files and folders. They can use the buttons of classic media navigation to play, stop, pause,
edit speed, skip, adjust volume, adjust brightness, etc. Moreover, a broad range of customization
options and skins are available so users can alter if they need anything fancy to keep it as their
default media player.
VLC Media Player indeed has a simple interface but hidden within is a wide array of advanced options to play audio video files and they can be easily accessed by easy to use tools and tabs. Users can try various synchronization settings such as graphic equalizer with more than one pre-sets, special effects, overlays, AtmoLight video effects, customizable range of compression settings and much more. Users can even incorporate subtitles to video files by integrating the SRT file to the video’s folder.
VLC provides smooth and maximum control to its users. Users can toggle between playing the video at full-screen mode and self-defined screen ratio as per their liking very easily in one click. They can also control elements such as volume and brightness in a gesture and can switch between video and audio files by one click and in mobile devices, this can be done by only sliding a finger across the mobile screen.
The developers of VLC media player always keep it up to date with enhanced features, required changes and necessary fixes. The latest version is available with fixes for crashes, enhanced Bluetooth controls; improved lock screen widget in Android version, etc. The interface is now available in options of dark and white colors both. Integration for menu support and DVD ISO, playlist management, updated detection of SD cards and better support for subtitles are the enhancements done in the latest version released for Androids and mobile devices. Software decoding is now also accelerated.
TO sum up, it can be conveniently said that VLC Media Player is surely a most versatile, high quality,
stable and undoubtedly free media player that is widely available to the users around the Globe in
most popular language i-e English. It is currently dominating the market of free media players and is
likely to continue doing do for a very long time in the future. Due to the constant enhancement and
development by VideoLAN Org