Monday, March 9, 2009

VLC Player - I can't believe I haven't mentioned it before

I really can't. VLC Player is a video player that basically plays every video file out there... Quite literally. It plays files from normal mpeg 4 and AVI files to VOB files (files ripped from DVD's). It is a cross platform application - available on Mac, PC, and Linux. If you are wondering what all this means: its a program that plays movie files on your computer - not DVD's, but other files that you would normally open with Windows Media Player or Quicktime.

Best of ALL: its open source and free. Amazing.

To tell you a bit about the applications popularity, the site claimes (and even boastfully displays) that it is downloaded 2.5 times per second. In total, it has been downloaded a total of 45.5 million times.

Why I use it:
  • Its FREE
  • Its Open Source
  • It plays EVERY video file I have ever come in contact with
  • It is lightweight and easy to use. This means that it opens quickly and does not use as many system resources (RAM and Battery Life) as other media players.
  • It goes fullscreen on my TV when my laptop is connected.
  • It has a cone as its icon

The cone thing may not seem to matter, but did you see what the little devil could do?

PC download here. Mac download here. Linux download here. If links are broken here.

Anyway, I love it and I hope you will love it. Its not a flashy program but who cares right - I mean use what is best, not what seems best.

1 comment:

Derek said...

The cone is what convinced me, too.