If you’re tired of Windows Media Player, PowerDVD and all the other resource hungry players out there, you might want to take a look at this next review – VLC is hands down the best media player for Windows and Linux. Not only is it free and lightweight, it supports a much wider range of features and codec support than many of it’s peers. We take a look at everything the player offers.
Installation and Setup
VLC on its standard settings installs to around 60MB, but it depends on exactly the installation options you take. Installation is entirely configurable. When running, VLC uses a fair amount of system resources when watching videos – it’s a fairly intensive task. However, VLC is much faster when watching DVDs and HD material than other players, and it’s far better for the battery life of your system, as well.
Ease of Use
Normally we would do a list of all the various supported formats of a media player but really it seems pointless when it comes to VLC – the program will support just about any format you throw at it. There are some minor exceptions but when it comes to things you might try to download from the net – anything from the common XVID and DIVX files to the more niche matroska dual audio format, VLC will run it without any of the messing around with codecs you have to do on other players.
VLC is also happy to run your DVDs will full menu and 5.1 support without any configuration, doing as a good or better than the software that may have come with your DVD drive or computer. It also has a range of options to control the video and sound itself and works great with subtitles.
VLC is an amazing player that allows you to use your computer to watch all of your favourite movies without any hassle at all. For music you might want to choose something with a few more options but for films and video, VLC is unmatched.