Download tip: "VLC media player" is a real multi-media jack-of-all-trades. The slim "VLC media player" (previously known as VideoLAN Client) is one of the most popular players for multi-media content. One of the most significant reasons is that it can deal with most video and audio formats without problems. The freeware tool can, for example, play DVDs as well as video CDs, MP3, MOV and FLV files or DivX.
The player supports MPEG and DivX streaming and can play videos already during the download. Watch the beginning of the film and check if the download is worthwhile. You can also play zipped files without having to unzip them first.
Once downloaded you can increase the volume of the film by up to 200 per cent, if the video is too quiet. The VLC media player can also search for album covers.
A playlist feature enables you to play several films one after another. That makes especially sense if you have downloaded a clip in several parts or want to watch lots of smaller videos.
The VLC media player also integrates without a hitch into the Windows 7 Superbar. From there you can direct the player, without having to bring the window to the foreground.
The alterations in version 2.x include - apart from a 64 bit version - support for Blu-Ray, for unprotected discs, scalable subtitles and improved caching settings. More information about the new release 2.0.8 you can find on the site of the developer.
Tip: The VLC media player is not only available for Windows, but also for Mac OS, Linux, BeOS, BSD, Solaris and QNX.
Verdict: The open source tool is the ultimate media player. It can deal with pretty much every video file, even missing data parts don't stop it. The range of features is so big that we couldn't even cover everything. Just try it out yourself!
Supported formats: AAC, AC3, ASF, AVI, DTS, FLAC, FLV, MIDI, MKV, MOV, MPG, MPEG (ES, MP3, MP4, PS, PVA, TS), MXF, OGG, OGM, Real (RAM, RM, RMVB, RV), WAV, WMA, WMV, 3GP.