VLC Player supports almost all the existing codecs so you don't have to keep track of all the codec packs that you need to get installed. VLC can even play files that are partially damaged and unreadable by other multimedia players.

Audio Formats

VLC player has the largest list of supported audio formats in the media player industry. The supported formats are MPEG, MP3, AAC, AC3, Vorbis, E-AC-3 (Dolby Digital Plus), DTS, WMA, FLAC, Read Audio, ALAC, Speex, MIDI, AMR and the list goes on.

Video Formats

VLC supports numerous video formats including PMEG, DIVX, MPEG-4, H.264, H.263, H.261, Cinepack, Theora, Dirac, MJPEG, WMV, WMV-3, Sorenson, DV, ON2, VP3, Indeo Video v3, Real Video and a few others.

Skinnable Interface

VLC Media Player also allows you to change the interface style by downloading and installing new skins. There are hundreds of skins and themes available for the VLC Media PLayer. Download VLC Player free.


VLC is one of the most light-weight video/audio players that currently exist. It only takes seconds to open it up, load a video and hit play. When it comes to playing HD video, VLC Player does it perfectly without missing a single frame. In contrast to its light-weight feel, VLC player is packed up with useful features. And let's not forget, it is all 100% free thanks to an open source distribution.

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What Others Say

VLC Media Player is a long-time open-source favorite, and the latest version is also the first to be out of beta development. It's not the only option for free video playback, but it's one of the best, and the feature updates in version 1 make it well worth the upgrade.

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