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Rob
08 Mar 2021

I have been using VLC on my Macintosh computers since it first appeared. I have never found anything better. It is updated regularly. Total cost? ZERO! :-)

Posted by:

Lance R. Ganassi
08 Mar 2021

I've been using VLC for years! No reason to switch to something else.

Posted by:

Ken H
08 Mar 2021

I love VLC. My only complaint is that Windows seems not to acknowledge that it not only exists, but is also on my desktop. If someone sends jme a video the popup asks what program to use and VLC is NEVER an option unless I fill it in. Perhaps it is a Gmail problem? I* use the Vivaldi browser.

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Dennis
08 Mar 2021

I used VLC for a number of years, never had a problem at all, until a computer wizz that said he would update it from win7 to win10, never seen it again.karma is going to have time with him! Lol

Posted by:

Nigel E.
08 Mar 2021

I've used VLC very successfully for many years on my PC's, tablet and even phone. PC is Windows, several versions over the years, the tablets and phone are Android. It's a great app.

Posted by:

James Bell
08 Mar 2021

I was going to leave a glowing report about VLC - but after reading all the comments - I'll only say "Me too!"

Posted by:

T John
08 Mar 2021

Is this free to download.

Posted by:

bb
08 Mar 2021

Ken H: you need to define the default video player in Windows. {Start} Settings, Apps, Default apps. (Microsoft confuses apps with programs, but I digress.)

Click the icon, whatever it is, under "Video Player," then select VLC Media Player. Done.

You've just told Windows that whenever you ask to open a video file, use VLC to do it. No more prompts.

Posted by:

NB
08 Mar 2021

Over the years I have downloaded and tried VLC at least 3 times. Each time my reaction was: "What does everyone like about this program?" Went back to MS Media Player and am happy there.

Posted by:

gene
08 Mar 2021

I've been using VLC on my Windows machines for years, use it for everything. I went to the Apple App store to look for the iOS version but the reviews there are HORRIBLE. Did not install it.

Posted by:

Duane
08 Mar 2021

I've read everyone's praises for VLC player, but it doesn't work for me all the time. I have the latest version but there are just some things I try to play that will not play. What I need is a tutorial or a user manual. Know of any such thing?

Posted by:

petefior
08 Mar 2021

As an audiophile, I am using VLC with a surplus older computer as a music source for my stereo system. Using the VLC tools/preferences/advanced settings menu - it is possible to optimize the sound quality to near audiophile standards. The best options to do this are the "audio resampler" and "audio codecs" options under main "audio" menu. Under that main menu, also leave "peak protection" checked - as well as possibly setting the "audio gain" to match the other high level inputs to your preamp/integrated amp/receiver. Under “audio codecs” it is best to uncheck both "dynamic range compression" options to retain the dynamic range present in the original music source.

In general, the memory capacity and processor speed of your motherboard will determine the limitations of your VLC sound quality settings before "stuttering" or increased distortion can be heard. If you do run into any irreversible snags - the "reset preferences" box can always be checked to get back to the default settings. In my older computer, I have been able to increase the described settings to near the highest levels, without any problems. With the optimized VLC player, best results will be obtained with high quality MP3 music files or some of the many "lossless" options now available - but quality MP3's will sound surprisingly good.

Posted by:

tomzzz
08 Mar 2021

Never got VLC to work properly. IT ALWAYS STUTTERS every video during a pan on scrren. Tried it on WinXP computer, Win 7 Computer and now WIN 10 computer. Always, I mean ALWAYS stutters. Have tried dedicated graphics card... Have tried "cures" from googling the problem, but no joy.

Can anyone tell me what I can do to make VLC work?

Posted by:

Ryan James
08 Mar 2021

To Duane: There are multiple tutorials for VLC. Google: vlc tutorial youtube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRn7WAGFlyg

Posted by:

hifi5000
08 Mar 2021

I discovered VLC when I started using Linux distros such as Ubuntu and Mint.It is very handy and easy to use.
To Duanu who left a comment about needing help with VLC: Just click the help option on the face of VLC when it first start up.There are several links for using VLC for the first time.There is a link to the forums, so you can ask questions there if need be.

Posted by:

Bob Farrell
08 Mar 2021

I have been using VLC for years. Best one I have found !

Posted by:

Bob Farrell
08 Mar 2021

To: T John, yes this is a free download .

Posted by:

Ernest N. Wilcox Jr.
08 Mar 2021

I too have been using VLC Media Player for several years. I use it to stream my favorite local radio broadcast stations and to stream Web Blogs (text, audio, and video). I have not tried it with YouTube, but I will soon. I have not found a better media player and I'd doubt that there is a more versatile media solution available. It is my first choice when I want to watch or listen to any media from the Internet.

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Stephen
08 Mar 2021

I, too, like VLC very much. One pet peeve for me is that when I have it play an audio file or video it is listed as a 'recent item' thereby eliminating a bunch of my spreadsheets or pdfs or word docs that had been on the list. iTunes doesn't do that. I recall that way back when (on XP???) there was either a registry hack or a one-off utility that I could run so that I could increase the number of items on that recent items list. Alas, I have not found it. As a result, I only use VLC when I've got something quick to play and don't want iTunes to add to its own library.
FTR, for now, I'm still using my Win7 system. My Win10 will be set up soon, so it remains to be seen if I'll still have the same problem.
TIA for any guidance.

Posted by:

Dan
08 Mar 2021

VLC has been the go-to default video player in our private school system for years. The only thing it does NOT do well is music playlists - we have started using MusicBee for that (as a replacement for the defunct and overbloated iTunes).

VLC is also the default player on the refurbished computers that I set up for people - along with LibreOffice and other open-source software that obviates the need for expensive SAS subscriptions.

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