The excellent, free multimedia player
- Intuitive interface
- Doesn’t take up much space
- You can personalize the appearance
- The volume can sometimes distort if played very loud
A good video player is essential on your PC, but if you’re looking for one that has no problems reading different video formats, VLC Media Player is the one for you.
Don’t let the simplicity of its interface and seemingly small amount of functions throw you; you’ll be thrilled with the ease in which it works, and the fact you’ll never again have to see that dreaded message: ‘format error’. It’s one of the few media players that can handle everything.
VLC Media Player, the media player that reads everything
Aside from the benefit of reading any video format, it offers a great playing quality too, and even supports streaming content. But what about subtitles? Don’t worry; VLC Media Player can also display those, in any format.
The real idea behind VLC Media Player in the first place was to avoid resorting to external codec packs. It’s for this very reason that VLC Media Player has all the codecs needed to play videos in all formats. On top of this, it guarantees that the codecs don’t conflict with each other (which can happen if you have to install two or three external codec packs). When you download VLC Media Player, you know you’ll be downloading it wil the latest versions of each codec.
A clean, clear interface
The simplicity of the interface may be somewhat surprising if you look at the many formats the program supports. It’s a major plus point, and means that you can get on with what you need to do without worrying about navigating around without a clue.
One note of caution: when you’re watching a film or episode of your favorite series and you want to pause, raise the volume, or skip forward a little, it can be a little annoying having VLC’s interface in the middle of your screen. Sure, you can personalize it to make it look a bit nicer, but it’s probably better just to use the keyboard shortcuts that come with the program and avoid the interface altogether.
There are lots of media players out there, but if you want a real gem go for VLC Media Player. Trust us, you won’t regret it!