VLC is a popular open source Media player. If you don’t install additional codec, your default Windows Media Player will only be able to play a limited number of formats. VLC is an alternative, much preferred player for videos. VLC 2.0 is a major update, comes with some awesome new improvements and features that worth to check it out if you haven’t.
New Features/Improvements Highlight
- Rewritten video output core and modules, allowing subpicture blending in GPU.
- Multi-threaded decoding for H.264, MPEG-4/Xvid and WebM
- Completely new, single window interface
- New resamplers for higher quality audio
- Support for 10bits codecs, WMV image and some other codecs
- New JSON requests on the web interface to control running VLC instances
- VLC’s web plugins have been rewritten for better integration and stability in all browsers
For most average consumers, with VLC, you don’t ever need to worry which format the video is. It can pretty much play all kinds of videos, even for some partial uncompleted videos.