Clunky UI, convoluted settings, and general lack of niceties found in other modern players really hold it back (even though it "just works" for most folks).
Not to mention taking forever between versions. Will 4.0 ever be released?? And finally have seek bar preview, for example? Maybe someday VLC will be a worthy alternative again.
I sometimes have trouble hearing what people say, particularly when they have an unfamiliar (to me) accent or they mumble (which happens a lot in TV shows and movies).
One minor downside of the new version is that fast-forward at 8x doesn't work any more -- it worked perfectly in version 2.2.6. Fast-forward at 4x sort of works. It trundles along for a few seconds, then the picture freezes. If you wait a while, it will restart, but not where it left off. It restarts where it would have been if it hadn't frozen.
Another option is to quickly backspace 3 seconds when the picture freezes and, in most cases, it will get by that freeze point. It's a fairly minor point (after all, how often do you want to fast-forward at 4x or 8x?) but I do use it from time to time to catch reception errors on recorded TV programs that I haven't yet watched at normal speed before passing the program on to someone else.
Going through a one- or two-hour program at 8x takes long enough -- 4x obviously takes twice as long. Anything less than that is pretty much not worth the time. I hope that they correct this in the next version -- but that could be a long time coming.
They tend to leave a rather long time between versions. Nevertheless, VLC is a terrific video player and that one quirk is not enough to lower my rating.
They fixed it. I got version 3.0.4 today. 4x, 8x and even 16x all work.
just a note though, i did get the audio working but the picture was bad. a week later my computer crashed and i have never been able to figure out what i did again. ha ha.
I put up with the interface for the razor-sharp image, but i sure wish they'd get around to making it usable one of these decades.
A de-noise filter would be nice too.
One head-scratcher. I keep reading about new versions [i have one about 8 years old] but when I d/l them I find the interface is IDENTICAL to my old version.
So, are there really new features?????
Have very few problems (like slow motion mode buffer) and need to improve the performance with .ts and high bitrates files.
Finally, I started playing all files in it. If there is any file which VLC is not playing, then you can be assured that it wonít play in other media players either.
It is like all-codecs-in-one player!
Version 2.0.6 cannot be scanned by my Anti-Virus, Vipre Internet Solutions.
It took many attempts to install it. When finally installed, it pretty much took over all audio and video, and the audio quality on playback was terrible, fuzzy and difficult to understand.
I will continue trying to make it work correctly, but in the meantime, Windows Media Server and GOM are my backups. I hope a new revision comes out quickly.
I use Windows 7 64-bit with a fast Intel cpu and LOTS of memory.
I just finished uninstalling VLC Media Player 2.0.6 because ever since I DID, I kept getting a High CPU Usage message, which would slow my normally fast computer to a crawl! VLC Media Player ALWAYS treated me well, but ever since the last upgrade did I EVER have issues!
I think it has something to do with either the codecs, the thumbnail issue with Windows... or both!
I will NOT try to install it again! :-(
.Easy to use
.Don't know your actual codec installation ? It comes with its codec files and will use them
.VERY efficient when playing damaged, corrputed, incomplete files
.Will defintitely save you time when your current player fails on some specific files
.Well, if you DO know why you have your current choice of codec installation, VLC won't use them cause it uses its own files
.Ergonomy : inefficient when you want to get just a few seconds backward \ forward.
Just do like me : Use MPC-HC with K-Lite Mega Codec Pack. When you have a problem on a specific file (let's say once every 2 years), VLC is the guaranted working alternative, saves me the trouble of seeking throw the net or trying to fix the file.
this is exactly what i do:Just do like me : Use MPC-HC with K-Lite Mega Codec Pack.
When you have a problem on a specific file (lets say once every 2 years), VLC is the guaranted working alternative, saves me the trouble of seeking throw the net or trying to fix the file.good advice!
I feel that pound for pound,VLC player is probably one of the best Media players on the Net. Yeah? The sound needs a little help but other then that,I love it and I am never turning back.
Good work VLC Developers 5 STARS
1. Volume normalization is very bad. As it tries to constantly adjust volume up and down, sound is uneven and right down nasty. At best, it's annoying. At worst, it's headache inducing.
2. Video playback is choppy when I play videos that have been converted from PAL to NTSC, and vice versa.
1. Try disabling the time stretch audio option. Or put the dolby surround option on. Maybe that can be help.
2. for converted videos, I use yadif deinterlacing and it gives very good results. Maybe toggle GPU acceleration on - it works for me. VLC is my go to media player for all videos I get from internet.
For my movies, I use Mediaplayer CLassic HomeCinema coz I use ffdshow and haali- gives me best quality
Version 1.1.4 was real buggy with certain codecs for me but 1.1.8 everything so far is fine. I love the ability to customize so many settings, and the fact it take almost anything I can throw at it.
I donate to this project when ever I can.