Free media player for almost any format
Notes: Note that versions of VLC media player compatible with Mac OS X 10.1 to 10.6 are available from the developer site. The main download link here is version 3 for the 64 bit Intel version compatible with OS X 10.5 and above. However, you can find VLC Player for OS X 10.4.11 Intel Macs here. There is not, and there will never be, a version of VLC media player for Mac OS 9 say the developers.
VLC Media Player is a program developed by the VideoLAN project, designed to serve as a quick and accessible way to play a wide range of different media types. Its versatility and straightforward interface has led to it being widely used around the world.
Yes. the software is free and open source, a key contributing factor to its worldwide success. The official website of the program offers a free and safe download to all users.
The software is designed to play as much media as possible, be it a digital file, a DVD video, webcam footage or online stream. It plays most codecs without the need of downloading an additional codec pack. It is compatible with all widely-used media filetypes, along with more obscure and specialised formats.
The software runs across Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, Linux, Unix and Android, with a Windows Phone version currently in the works. It is designed to be a versatile program catering to the needs of as many different users as possible, no matter what their preferred platform.
If the copy is downloaded from the official website, then yes, it will be safe. The program has no spyware or trackers; in fact, it does not even have adverts. It is a free and accessible piece of software with no hidden drawbacks.
Not necessarily: like all software capable of playing DVDs, whether or not it can handle multiple regions depends primarily on the user's DVD drive. If the DVD drive is region-locked, then VLC Media Player will not be able to play DVDs from foreign regions.
The program generates a specific config file for each user, rather than offering a global configuration file. When a user modifies and saves VLC's configuration, this results in a new config file being created in the relevant user directory. The exact location of this file depends on the user's operating system, as Windows, Mac OS and Linux/Unix versions store the file in different places.
Yes. Doing so is a simple process of using the relevant screenshot hotkey, which is ctrl + alt + S in Windows, Linux and Unix; command + alt + S in Mac OS X (the program allows the user to customise this hotkey). Once that is done, the screenshot will be saved in a specific folder, which can be customised by the user.
Yes, it is possible to use VLC while viewing online videos by using a special plugin. This plugin is available for multiple browsers, and will allow compatible video types to be played through VLC inside the browser.
VLC is capable of reading subtitles stored on DVD, SVCD, OGM and MKV files. They are enabled by default, although it is possible to disable them from the program's menu if necessary. VLC is also capable of reading separate subtitle files.