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VLC Media Player
FREE / Windows / macOS
Free cross-platform multimedia player

Overview

VLC Media Player is a powerful multimedia program with abundant format support, customizations, and styles. There aren't any videos that VLC cannot play and it plays them amazingly well. It is an excellent one-size-fits-all player for your computer.

Despite being a universal multimedia player, VLC is open-source, meaning you can find and use pre-built add-ons or create your own. The basic VLC version features playlist and streaming support, as well as the ability to play videos in all formats.

You get enough screen real estate via placing the buttons on the VLC menu and making them small. The player allows you to add video and audio effects as you are watching something or for fun. It also supports playlist formats for hands-free viewing.

VLC lets you make playlists on the go and customize them from within the program. The app has support for add-ons and extensions from all across the Internet, considering you can find them.

As mentioned, the standard VLC covers pretty much all the bells and whistles you need. VLC (64-bit) has consistently been the world’s most preferred video player for years, and it is here to stay. With VLC, you get more format support and flexibility than any other player out there. The best part? It keeps itself updated when it comes to features and functionality.

Unlike other players made for Windows devices, VLC is highly compatible with both Windows and Mac OS. Not just that, it also has full support for platforms like Linux, Solaris, Android, iOS, Unix, and so on. The platform design and control panel can be customized as per your preferences.

You can further add pre-designed skins, or you create your own using the VLC skin editor. VLC lets you install various extensions for a better video-watching experience. It will load all videos from your Photos app, as well as music from WMP into the VLC platform. This way you can access all your favorite media from one place.

Features

  • Convert media files
  • Play or Download online videos
  • Record a currently playing video or audio
  • Record desktop
  • Record webcam
  • Rip a DVD
  • Remote control the player from a browser
  • Audio and video effects
  • Subscribe to podcast
  • Play Internet radio
  • Video wallpaper
  • Add watermarks on video
  • Take a snapshot
  • Add subtitles
  • Plugins and extensions

VLC doesn't promote spyware or user tracking to read your location, browsing history, or email contacts. The VideoLAN community respects your online identity and privacy. If you’re frustrated with the limited features of basic media players, look no further as VLC supports all popular video and audio formats packed in a safe platform.

Download VLC Media Player (Version 3.0.8)

Changelog

Windows version 3.0.8:

Core:

  • Work around busy looping when playing an invalid item through VLM

Demux:

  • Fix TTML entities not passed to decoder
  • Misc raw H264/HEVC frame rate fixes
  • Fix adaptive regression on TS format change (mostly HLS)

Packetizers:

  • Fixes H264/HEVC incomplete draining in some cases
  • packetizer_helper: Fix potential trailing junk on last packet
  • Improved check to prevent fLAC synchronization drops

Decoder:

  • avcodec: revector video decoder to fix incomplete drain

Misc:

  • Add missing .wpl & .zpl file associations on Windows

macOS version 3.0.8:

Core:

  • Work around busy looping when playing an invalid item through VLM

Demux:

  • Fix TTML entities not passed to decoder
  • Misc raw H264/HEVC frame rate fixes
  • Fix adaptive regression on TS format change (mostly HLS)

Packetizers:

  • Fixes H264/HEVC incomplete draining in some cases
  • packetizer_helper: Fix potential trailing junk on last packet
  • Improved check to prevent fLAC synchronization drops

Decoder:

  • avcodec: revector video decoder to fix incomplete drain

Text renderer:

  • Fix crashes on macOS with SSA/ASS subtitles containing emoji

macOS:

  • Remove qtsound module and add avaudiocapture module as replacement
  • Fix audio capture on macOS Catalina by using avaudiocapture
  • Inform the user in case OS permissions are missing for certain actions
  • Fix Apple Remote support on macOS Catalina
  • Add support for pausing Apple Music on macOS Catalina
  • Fix UPnP discovery crash without an active network interface
  • Fix rare placement issues with fullscreen panel
  • Fix problem in audio output remembering the last device configuration
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