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My only complaint, and it's a minor one, is that it won't play well with Firefox and completely take over media playing duties so that I don't have to have Quicktime installed. I don't like Quicktime because it tries to take over media playing and I haven't trusted Apple since they tried to make Safari my default browser when I didn't even know they had installed it. I know, I'm an unforgiving sort.
Hopefully HTML 5 will fix it so that this will no longer be a problem but it could be that I am just dreaming.
Come on .. VLC is nowhere near good , it's buggy and slow and its development pace is just dead, the only advantage that player has is being cross-platform.
For me using codecs - though complicated - is the best all round solution , you've got system wide support for foreign files like MKV , RMVB and FLV with thumbnails and everything.
I really like the combination of Shark007 Codecs + KMPlayer , they are free and they do the job perfectly .
I believe it's called K-Lite Codec Pack and it does indeed work just fine; I've got both installed and even both running (well, the Windows Media Player Classic that comes with K-Lite) and there are no conflicts.
VLC does record video very nicely, I use for that purpose often. Have not tried recording audio.
I'm kind of split here.. As much as I want to praise VLC for being a decent free multi-video player, crazy as it sounds, WMP actually will play a DVD without any staggering unlike VLC on a clean install on Windows7. I have tried this on multiple OS installations, and for some reason VLC doesn't have a smooth DVD playback like WMP (Windows Media Player).
I, however, still support VLC over WMP due to my history with WMP being lame and stealing other player codecs over the years just to play certain videos etc. Maybe VLC may need tweaking to get it to play DVDs smoothly, but I hav'nt taken time to tweak around with it.
I tried VLC, tried to live with WMP [a funny beast], and finally Media Player Classic [MPC]. With VLC, I found I was always having to stop what I was doing and configure something [many times I had no idea what I was actually supposed to do]. I tried MPC, and it has worked fine once downloaded-never a problem. Never.
I've come to the conclusion that it's all based on how your computer is configured. A real broad term that means if it works great after installing, keep it, use it, enjoy it. My brother has VLC, and it has worked flawlessly. Not for me.
Overall, the VLC/MPC platforms do what they are supposed to do - play various forms of media. I've given up with WMP, too many quirks that prevent us from playing media. Especially when WMP couldn't play it's own WMV files. Hooray for open source software.
been using it for years. love it.
Thanks for the tip on VLC Leo. I've just been trying it today and it seems absolutely great so far. Time will tell but I plan to use it exclusively and see how it works long-term. I've completely given up on Quick Time-it has been nothing but a bother and Apple keeps trying to push things off on me. But for my iPod, I'd remove Apple from my machines for good. I've also liked DivX but VLC seems a big improvement over that in that it will play everything. VLC has also allowed me to remove Media Player (which I've never liked) from my machines Great tip Leo!
VLC turns out to be a truly great player, thanks Leo!
The VLC that comes with Ubuntu Lucid Lynx 10.04 LTS is obsolete (won’t play some formats properly), so you _must_ add “PPA” to your repositories - and through it fetch the new VLC version - which works beautifully for all formats! The instructions are on page http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-ubuntu.html :
Command line way
% sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lucid-bleed/ppa
% sudo apt-get update
% sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-pulse mozilla-plugin-vlc
Ubuntu PPA repository is much too useful for all sorts of applications to be ignored: see “What Is An Ubuntu PPA & Why Would I Want To Use One? [Technology Explained]” on page http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/ubuntu-ppa-technology-explained
Leo – thanks for your video introduction to VLC Player. I use VLC a lot just because, as you say, it will play almost anything. But there's an aspect which I dislike strongly, and I wonder if there is a way to change it. Once installed, VLC put an orange-striped-cone icon on every video file on my computer, replacing any other icon that was previously there. (I'm referring to the icon at the beginning of the file name as seen in list view in Windows Explorer or an equivalent such as PowerDesk Pro.) I have been unable to find a way to revert back to the original icons. Is there a way that you know of? And is there a way to prevent that wholesale icon-heisting at the outset? Many thanks.
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