I had just set up ContraCam on my PC turning my computer into a DVR for my home security cameras. Program worked great with my USB Video Grabber, but was not really impressed with the playback feature so I tried to use Windows Media Player but ran into some issues when trying to play back the AVI footage.
So, I decided to check out the VLC Media Player and found it well worth the download. The video capture software I had installed and the VLC Player are a great match together. I love the fact that the VLC program allows me to play back just one file from my security footage or select a folder so it plays all of the recordings back in sequential order. Combined, these two software programs solved a major issue for me on creating a reliable security DVR on my PC and being that both programs were free, well, you just can't beat the price. KUDOS to both software programmers and to Snapfiles for continuing to bring great freeware to the masses.
I downloaded and installed the zipped version of this program. It runs well and easy to uninstall.
I got this program to convert wmv videos to mp4 videos.
I had a lot of issues making my video look good when running on the website in a web player. I was disappointed. Thought my issue was with the converters I was using (VLC Lan and others). Had nothing to do with them.
VLC Lan did a great job in the conversion.
I found my issue to be the streaming video player it self. Never though that the issue could be there but out of frustration I checked it out.
I had downloaded a streaming program and the video played was not as good quality as expected. That is why I thought the converters was causing issues.
Anyway I decided to download a different streamer and it looked 10 times better. At this point I was not sure if the streamer it self changed the video some how when bringing it into the program. Next test I manually extracted the video that looked bad in one streamer and injected it into the other streamer manually and lo and behold the video that looked bad now looked good as expected.
Bottom line, if you think VLC Lan is not doing a good conversion be sure to check the video in different players first.
VLC Lan is great as it will play many codecs not native to Windows. This program is in my tool box for a long time to come.
VLC plays so many differing types of media, with quality and ease. I install this on all my computers, both Windows and Linux. I have only two complaints: it crashes on me occasionally when playing DVDs, and the interface is terrible unless you are just simply playing media.
As a side note, this software supports network streaming and skins, and has some advanced features.
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