VLC Media Player 3.0.20 reviews

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VLC Media Player 3.0.19 final
OPODER
on 16 October 2023
It is not perfect, but is GREAT to play!

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VLC Media Player 3.0.8
nonW00t
on 28 January 2020
VLC may have been one of the first universal type multi-platform players that could handle everything without the need for a system-polluting codec pack, but it sure never felt like a true Windows program.

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.

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VLC Media Player 3.0.3
Berman
on 18 August 2018
I have been a VLC user for quite some time and believe it to be the best video player available. Videolan recently released the latest version (3.0.3). I was pleased to discover that it supports closed captioning.

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.
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They fixed it. I got version 3.0.4 today. 4x, 8x and even 16x all work.

on 05 Sep 2018, by Berman

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VLC Media Player 2.2.6
grump
on 11 July 2017
It seems kind of sad as long as hdmi/hdcp has been out that this wonderful player would work with hdcp!!

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.

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VLC Media Player 2.2.4
marni
on 07 February 2017
Biggest plus: best sharpen filter by a country mile, worst feature: inconvenient, duh-what's-"usability"-mean? interface.

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?????

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VLC Media Player 2.2.4
martin
on 20 January 2017
its a good player butt its not playing X265 HEVC video properly loosing frames so many . how to rectify it ?

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VLC Media Player 2.1.0 final
OPODER
on 04 October 2013
A real good player, and FREE.

Have very few problems (like slow motion mode buffer) and need to improve the performance with .ts and high bitrates files.

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VLC Media Player 2.1 beta 3
DbaiG
on 27 August 2013
VLC media player is really nice app. It plays almost any media file. I remember I initially installed it because I could not play my file in another player. Then I came across more such files which were not playing in other media players.

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!

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VLC Media Player 2.1 beta 3
The Director
on 15 August 2013
Always reliable and plays almost everything. The only exception is digital tv files recorded using Arcsoft Total Media in which I have to use Media Player Classic.

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VLC Media Player 2.0.6
cdflyer
on 24 April 2013
I have used VLC player for years. It either works great or it flat out causes major issues with your computer.

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.
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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! :-(

on 18 Aug 2013, by Linus

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VLC Media Player 2.0.5
Poulpos
on 07 February 2013
Pros :
.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

Cons :
.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.
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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!

on 19 Aug 2013, by 7huan

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VLC Media Player 2.0.4
sorbit_2
on 25 November 2012
It is continually improved and is very versatile. I used it together with MPC-HC.
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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

on 26 Nov 2012, by Peter

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VLC Media Player 2.0.0 final
Ben
on 10 March 2012
Without these problems, it would have been almost perfect for me:

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.
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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

on 14 Mar 2012, by Lisa

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VLC (VideoLAN Client) 1.1.11
gigi
on 04 December 2011
version 1.1.11 is good, plays 1080p HD fluently but the thing that i hate the most is that it doesn't keep the settings i want after i close it and open it again..big disappointment

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VLC (VideoLAN Client) 1.1.8
Mike S
on 26 March 2011
I started using VLC about 4 or 5 years ago, when Windows Media Player wouldn't play a lot of the movies I had download,and never looked back.

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.

Rating 9/10

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