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VLC 1.0 Released At Last

Category: Software
Posted: 04:44PM

VLC, the open source player that many of you probably use, has reached version 1.0 after more than 10 years in development. What started in 1996 as a project by French students to stream video over a network has become what is likely the most popular media player available. VLC can play just about every media format there is, and is available on dozens of operating systems. VLC was open sourced in 2001 and has received a warm welcome from the community since then. The many contributors have packed endless features into the software, with the newest update bringing frame-by-frame playback among other enhancements.

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Andrewr05 on July 8, 2009 05:02PM
MJCRO on July 8, 2009 05:29PM
Wow, never knew it was not a full developed version. Nice!
tkrow21 on July 8, 2009 06:09PM
I understand how this would be a great addition to an OS with no media player, but does this hold any advantages over WMP? Wondering if I should use it... :)
CheeseMan42 on July 8, 2009 06:48PM
As said below there is a world of difference between what can be played on WMP and VLC. You don't need any sort of codec packs or anything like that. It's free and doesn't take up much resources either.
personancog on July 9, 2009 04:20AM
but media player classic ownz VLC and wmp.
premiumgfx on July 8, 2009 06:17PM
I think the main advantage of it is that it can open nearly all video formats including ones which WMP can't, eg. .MKV.
gebraset on July 8, 2009 07:22PM
I'm very happy to see VLC finally make it to such a milestone after so long. I always use it to watch all my movies, and I keep the portable version on both my external hard drive and flash drive.
Andrewr05 on July 8, 2009 09:40PM
The UI of VLC is old school (I like it, but many others dont) but its a pretty damn decent program. ---- It Will play "almost" anything you throw at it, I still keep MPC around though as I like its scaling options and PQ on some codecs a bit better. ----- That being said GOM player has a far better looking UI (in my opinion) and plays just about everything that VLC does. ///////// VLC for me is set as my default player for every single media file however I know which things do better on which program and I alternate between GOM, MPC and VLC depending on the media... -------------> We really need some sort of formatting in these comment sections!
ClayMeow on July 9, 2009 01:23PM
Yeah, I hate the GUI for VLC. I use it only when needed. WMP is my default for all media files, and like you, I know which ones are better opened elsewhere. And to CheeseMan, I'm sorry, but VLC is nowhere near the most popular media player. WMP remains the most popular and always will be, for the simple fact that most people aren't going to bother downloading a third-party app to handle videos.

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