We looked at Mozilla’s iTunes alternative SongBird last week. When I was writing about SongBird I realized I had never shared my views on one of my favorite free multimedia player for a long time – VLC Media Player.
VLC media player – Quick Features
- Highly portable capable of playing multiple media formats
- Plays audio and video formats including MPEG-1. MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, MP3, OGG, etc and a mind-boggling array of options.
- Also plays DVDs, VCDs and supports various streaming protocols
- Use it as a Server to stream in unicast or multicast on a high-bandwidth network
- It is supported in multiple operating systems – Windows, Linux, OS X, BeOS, etc
- Streams SHOUTcast internet radio stations
- Recent 0.9 version added Last.fm support
- Tag support
- Supports a lot of subtitles
- Mouse gestures
- Supports metadata editing
VLC stands for Videolan and if you want to take a look under the hood, the chart in this VLC features page will give you the mind boggling amount of audio, video & strreaming formats it supports in different operating systems.
Things you can do with VLC
Lifehacker has a great article that shows different things you could do with this excellent media player. A few includes:
- How to rip any DVD
- Convert any video for your iPod or iPhone with a drag and drop batch script
- How to stream media to other computers
- Play ripped DVDs
Also, VLC is available in a portable format so you can carry it in your USB drive.