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.
This is a great media player. I originally got this because the CyberLink PowerDVD software was getting more and more bloated with each new version and it keeps messing with the audio driver's volume control. VLC Media Player doesn't do that. One handy feature is the volume control on the window. It can amplify soft media. Great for DVDs. Why are DVDs so soft anyway? The only problem with this is pausing the media. The sound has this delay before it pauses. Then when you resume, the sound picks up with the same delay time. It's very noticeable with videos. This should be fixed somehow. All media players I used before don't do that. This minor problem is tolerable however.
VLC media player is great. Me and my wife were on holiday recently and we took a few DVDs to watch at night. I put them on and Windows MP just wasn't having any of it, then I remembered about this little program and straight away everything worked brilliant.
I've been faithful to VideoLAN for years, at the behest of a friend who was sick of me complaining about Windows Media Player and Quicktime, they suggested VLC Media Player (VideoLAN) and I have been much happier ever since. It's lightweight, it does every format imaginable (with the right codecs installed mind you), and it rarely crashes. The downside, yes it does crash occasionally, far less than WMP does for me, but other than the occasional crash it's great.
Highly recommended. One of the best, if not the best, (free) FLV player(s) out there. Easy to use, plays most video files. I tried others (downloaded from snapfiles.com) and uninstalled them because I realized that their interface and their video format capability/compatibility were inefficient. VideoLAN its simple, yet highly efficient. Try it.
Like the other reviewers Windows media player is a waste of time for playing all files and the same with Dell MediaDirect. This program does it all, yes it looks basic but for a free product it can't be beaten especially for copied DVD playback.
It is the most excellent multimedia player that i have use because it can also increase the sharpness of the sound that u cannot imagine
I needed a quick viewer to help with vob to avi conversions I am doing and WinAmp wasn't cuttin' it and I've given up on Windows Media Player years ago. VideoLAN is very, very light and as fully-featured as anyone could want for a video file viewer. It got me through the vob work very quickly and allowed me to easily flit from one file to another. Screen resize is a breeze and, well, you couldn't ask for more. Now VideoLAN has completely replaced WinAmp and I've never figured out how to uninstall Windows Media Player so I'm just stuck with Bill's monstrously pendulous monstrosity. :-)
This is an excellent video player, that can play almost any format. Available for almost all Operating Systems. Very light, not a resource hogger. Very helpful keyboard shortcuts. Best of all, its free!!!
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