VLC is a free media player for your computer that can play virtually any media file you throw at it. Here’s how to get started.
When you run into a situation where Windows Media Player won’t cut it, rather than going on a codec hunt, jump over to the free media player VLC. The media player is one of my favorite media players. It’s super lightweight and able to play just about any video or audio content. Its features make it a great alternative to Windows Media Player.
VLC Media Player
The VLC Media Player is an open-source media project developed by the VideoLan team. The design is a modular framework that allows it to easily feature multiple plug-ins and codecs, boosting its compatibility without making it a resource hog.
We could spend all day talking about the myriad of features packed into this app, but the central point to share is that VLC can play nearly every media format known to man. For a full list, check out the VideoLan features list.
How Get VLC Media Player To Play “Anything”
1. Download the latest binary package of VLC Player at http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-windows.html.
Note: For operating systems other than Windows, visit this page. It is available for macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android.
2. Once you’ve downloaded it, then run the installation file. The setup is pretty simple; just click Next a few times. Done.
3. At the end of the installation, you’ll be prompted with privacy options when you run VLC Player for the first time. If you want album art Change the Album art policy to anything except manual. If you want VLC Player to automatically check for software updates, keep the box checked for Activate the updates availability notification.
Now that you have VLC Player installed, you can retire Windows Media Player for good if you like or continue using both. There are many things VLC can do besides “playing every file format known to man.”
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