The VLC media player plain and simple the best player of video and audio files available. The new version 2.0 adds interesting innovations, improved interface, optimized video and audio quality, support for Blu-ray and even a greater number of supported video formats.
VLC can read any format. Free, open source and multi-platform, VLC provides high quality playback, can read corrupted or incomplete files, and includes many additional useful features. Perfect for beginners and advanced users, it is an essential add-on for every PC.
VLC is a media player for listening to music, watch videos downloaded from the Internet, movies and play any type of audio and video files. It supports almost all existing formats (MP3, AVI, WAV, DVD, MKV, FLV, FLAC and many others). All the codec needed are included, and when using VLC is not necessary to install any additional codec. DVDs and CDs can also be played without a hitch.
More original content, but too slow and uses of a lot of system resources:
VLC has a more sparse interface than RealPlayer, which greets users with a screen full of content and is well organized. Also VLC lacks the ability to download videos from YouTube, that is possible in RealPlayer. But the startup speed of VLC is light years faster than RealPlayer, which is painfully slow to start. The small footprint and quick startup is an exclusive prerogative of VLC. The sheer amount of system resources needed by RealPlayer makes it unusable in low-end machines.
Very well organized and it looks good but it is too heavy and supports only a few formats:
Compared to VLC iTunes menus are organized in a much more intuitive and appealing way. Both in iTunes and VLC it is possible to create playlists and to manage multimedia libraries, but VLC is easier for the user. iTunes is required to synchronize your computer with any Apple device. But the lack of flexibility in reading format, long installation (as well as upgrades) and the massive use of memory makes VLC a better choice.
There are many similarities and some fundamental differences:
GOM and VLC media players are two very similar players. Like VLC, GOM Player also reads many formats, has a low requirement of system resources, lots of options and the ability to play movies incomplete or corrupt. Gom Player includes only a few effects for video.
In conclusion, the VLC media player is definitely an essential application on any computer. VLC is free, brilliantly meets the needs of the average user, but offers all the advanced features of professional software. Its open source nature means that constant updates and improvements are available. The quality of audio and video playback is excellent. Very little to complain, except perhaps a certain austerity in the appearance and navigation.