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15 years of VLC and VideoLAN (jbkempf.com)
585 points by bpierre on Feb 1, 2016 | hide | past | web | favorite | 149 comments



A little know fact about the VideoLAN project is that it was started so that the student organization could justify the need to replace the old networking infrastructure of the campus with a brand new high-bandwidth fiber optics network. They really wanted to deploy a fiber optic network but the school would have never approved it so they thought "OK, we need something that uses a ton of bandwidth, let's make a video streaming app".

They proceeded to start the VideoLAN project, with the VideoLAN Client (VLC) and VideoLAN server, and streamed movies and public television channels to the whole campus.

Interesting how it came to benefit everybody.

Source: I studied there and had a chat with one of the original creators of the project once.


On a related note, VLC's traffic cone icon comes from a club member drunkenly stealing one, which then ballooned into the organization collecting them and eventually inspired the icon.

https://forum.videolan.org/viewtopic.php?t=9792


A fun Easter egg is that over Christmas it wears a Santa hat.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VLC_media_player#Interfaces


Actually, the first usage of this traffic cone was to scream at someone in one of the building, when they were down on the ground.


Interesting. It’s a terrible, stupid, confusing symbol for this project.

[edit] if the point is to be cryptic and appealing to nerds, it succeeds in spades [/edit]


True the origins are cryptic, but it's become pretty iconic and recognisable. For a nice example take a look at this tweet (the author is semi-famous for selfies captioned with "Come to <place> in the next 15 minutes if u want an ass-kicking") and try to imagine a similarly funny/engaging tweet about any other piece of video playback software.

https://twitter.com/drewtoothpaste/status/525044698071957505


Enh, I mean, it's not a good logo in the sense of clearly signposting what it signifies, but at this point in the development of the internet, I don't think there are any good logos left. All the clear icons for "audio/video player" have been used a dozen times over. All that's left for any project now is to pick something random, but distinctive. VLC's traffic cone manages that, at least.


It's almost as if actually being good at what it's supposed to do were essential for a computer program.


The logo itself is always secondary to what stands behind it. People attach their good feelings towards the project / service / company to the logo. If something is good, like VLC is, then the logo may represent absolutely anything. Look at the logos of successfull brands. Quite a lot of them could be called "terrible, stupid, confusing", but nobody says that because they're already firmly established in peoples' minds.


and the part-eaten fruit of the apple tree is any more wonderful, smart, and enlightening a symbol for a computer / phone company?


Not at first sight. On second thought, it hits you: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tree_of_the_knowledge_of_good_...


A logo is not the same thing as an icon.


OP here: it's almost exact.

The old network was TokenRing based, and therefore, the more people connected, the bigger the lag for LAN games was. So they wanted an Ethernet one :)


Thanks for the correction! I was remembering one of the members of VIA (the student association who manages the IT at Ecole Centrale) giving me a tour of their infrastructure and boasting about fiber optic networks but I guess that was was after VideoLAN and the switch from Token Ring to Ethernet. Maybe something related to the Renater backbone (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renater)

Anyway! Goods times :)


I remember this. The Linux User Group on my college campus in 2002 was trying to setup a streaming service using VLC to stream DVDs across the network to all interested parties. Unfortunately the administration forcefully said no. This was the height of the Napster lawsuits as I recall.


Over the years when I've opened VLC I've occasionally wondered what the LAN part meant in VideoLAN. I thought it must be something other than Local Area Network. Thanks for sharing.


Yes. It was created to do DVB-S to campus LAN streaming.


This mirrors what appears to be Cisco's acquisition strategy—pick up companies that makes things which use loads of bandwidth (UC etc). It's a smart move, sell products which inflate bandwidth requirements and conveniently be there with shiny new infrastructure to support those new found needs.


Bram Cohen is sitting on more value than I thought...


That's odd because the way VLC operated made it bandwidth efficient. A rare feature at the time and the reason for its early success I believe.


I briefly operated an audiovisual services company (that lost a tremendous amount of money, but that had nothing to do with VLC), and after trying loads of players, came back to VLC. It allowed all of the stuff I needed and that many other players (including expensive commercial ones) failed at.

It plays literally everything. We regularly had sponsors show up the day of the show and hand me a USB drive with their ad reel on it. With no clue what the format would be, I would always be able to say, "yeah, we can put it in the playlist for tonight".

It has excellent playlist abilities, and excellent means of controlling the playlist. Our shows often included multiple sources (live video, sponsor reel, feature, short, trailers, etc.), and being able to manually select the right things at the right times with keyboard shortcuts was great.

It actually allows one to kill all on screen displays, and can be reliably configured to always open video on the secondary display (projector) and controls on the primary display (laptop). This is shockingly difficult with every other player I used. They would always have problems getting things onto the right display, or would show some kinda bullshit on the screen. This is particularly true of the DVD and Blu Ray capable players; they're an utter shit show, even if you pay a bunch of money for them.

So, thanks! I love VLC bunches. I've donated in the past, and will certainly donate again.


In general, it seems like FOSS multimedia software blows proprietary software out of the water with regards to format support, and that proprietary software works at a disadvantage, because for them, adding support for a new format means navigating a patent minefield and paying licence fees, but for FOSS, supporting every format is as simple as including FFmpeg.


I have a theory that I call "just one small fix". I think FOSS media players can handle more video files (not just formats) because most of the times the errors that makes them unplayable are just small mistakes in the way things are encoded.

Does a certain camera produces only even timestamps? Let's check for that fix it, it is "just one small fix: one if and a division". Is that MPEG encoded with swapped croma? Let's detect it and fix it, it is "just ome small fix: one if and a swap".

Over the time FOSS projects accumulate all these fixes and one day you realize that they can read practically everything as if a single person sat down and wrote that super-robust code in one go. Proprietary software cannot benefit from this kind of drive-by contributions.


Your theory definitely has some weight to it. You should peruse the FFmpeg git server and see what the commits consist of. Most of the time, the changes comprise no more than one line, and involve the changing of an operator or adding on to an if statement.

Media codecs take a really long time to disrupt the continuum, and often times, decoders can play back other kinds of media by just changing some header information in the file.


One "if" here a "dirty bool flag" there and sooner or later your code is unmaintainable, I think OpenSource + Review prevents this kind of code.


If you figure out early enough that you need this kind of feature, you can architecture your code in such a way that those "drive-by fixes" are actually pluggable and maintainable.


Indeed - at my last job, we built a js widget that would go on customers websites, and we learned pretty quickly that we would need pluggable, sometimes customers-specific hacks. Things like old versions of Prototype.js that broke JSON.stringify or forcing Internet Explorer 8+ into IE7 emulation mode. One customer overwrote Array.prototype.forEach with a broken version that lost the scope. Fun times.


> It plays literally everything

In the ten or so years I've used it, I've only come across one file that VLC wouldn't play (excluded DRMed files) - a (possibly malformed) 24hr long MP4 I recorded a few years ago. Pretty much everything chokes on it (VLC crashes straight away), though oddly enough Windows Media Player handles it fine until you try to seek to a different time.

I've dabbled with other media players/codecs in the past, but usually end up back at VLC not long after due to its versatility. Impressive stuff.


I recently used this amazing little utility: http://slydiman.me/eng/mmedia/recover_mp4.htm

It helped me recover some GoPro footage that went corrupt. You feed it a known good video from the same camera/same settings and then it basically uses the structure of the good footage to rebuild the bad footage. It worked a treat after I found a good file for it.

Have a look at it, you may find it helps you out.


I don't currently have access to the drives it is stored on, but I'll give it a go next time I do. Thanks for the suggestion.


My dad's friend is a lawyer in Boston and I remember he had a big case and needed to review some of the evidence urgently - it was security cam footage. However he had no idea how to play the video file, it was in some obscure format. Nothing but VLC worked. I'm pretty sure he ended up winning the case.


What bothers me are the crashes. A crash probably translates into an arbitrary code execution when a malicious file exploits it.

I've seen files that mplayer won't play that VLC will (though I've seen more of the opposite), but when mplayer can't parse a file it tends to simply not play it rather than crashing. So I'm not going to use VLC on files from the untrusted internet.


I have quite a few files VLC doesn't play that MPlayer does. I use VLC as my main viewer but I get a file that doesn't work I try MPlayer.


Please share them with us :)


Lots of modern anime rips have had corruption issues with VLC in the past[0]. It's actually become a meme in those communities[1]. As x264 and 10bit encodings became ubiquitous, I think VLC's support also became fairly sufficient. However, the anime community is known for being early adopters of new encoding strategies. I believe it would benefit the development of VLC if some developers could check out what those encoders are doing every so often. It seems like they're always a few years ahead of how everyone else is encoding.

[0]: http://i38.tinypic.com/34gkavn.jpg [1]: http://i.imgur.com/RWIAe.jpg


One big change was VLC switching to use mplayer's libass rather than their own (buggy, quite likely to the extent of allowing remote code execution) ass parser. These days VLC mostly seems alright, though it'll take a while for it to gain my trust.


I was going to say: an example that's fairly reproducible, any video recorded with Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) is playable in WMP but not VLC.

However, I just tried it is fixed already, I love VLC.


I had the same problem, and the fix was quite obvious once you read it: if you have 64bits OBS and 32bits VLC, VLC crashes when you open the video. Use both 64bits or 32 bits software, and you're fine.


But that obviously doesn't solve the actual problem.


Codec not supported: VLC could not decode the format "CFHD" (No description for this codec)


This codec was RE'd 2 weeks ago and was merged in FFmpeg and libavcodec this weekend, by a member of the VideoLAN non-profit organization. Expect it in VLC soon.


(Guy who Reverse Engineered CFHD here) If you could upload a sample of your file somewhere that would be appreciated.


you might be able to reindex or remux this file (save to a new file in the process) to fix it, by the way.


I tried that at the time, but all of the tools I tried either crashed or only recognised the audio track (tried ffmpeg, QuickTime in OS X and Windows, Handbrake, VirtualDub, MKVToolnix, and mpegstreamclip plus a few others; mostly ffmpeg-based stuff crashed AFAICT - most of the others either errored out or just listed the audio track).

I ended up recovering most of the footage by re-recording the screen whilst it was playing in Windows Media Player. Not ideal, but it was a low-ish quality capture of a webstream anyway, so any quality loss wasn't particularly important.


The DVD and BluRay not working on secondary monitors is probably due to the ridiculous DRM stuff that prevents you from playing on an 'unauthorized' display.


As a VJ, that's what I love about VLC too. Even now, I cringe when I go to professional film screenings, and between each film the screen reverts to a Mac desktop wallpaper and some person in the projection booth is frantically twiddling with their mouse to click the play button in QuickTime.


We did a job where they insisted on us playing the show off of their Mac running, I think, iTunes. It was a whole bunch of shorts for a festival type event. These were video/photography pros. It was an utter shit show. Videos starting halfway through, videos being skipped without warning, etc. We spent a significant amount of time with the projector blanked, while setting up the next video or fixed fucked up start times. The level of stress caused by Apple's fuckery was enough to where we, as a company, instituted a rule that clients either provided video to us in advance of the show so we could put it into a VLC playlist, or they were explicitly responsible for all the shit that would follow (including running the computer that was being projected...and whatever ended up on the screen was their responsibility).

QuickTime doesn't even have a damned playlist function which is why they were using iTunes. But, iTunes has some of the most bizarre behaviors I've ever dealt with, and awful playlist functionality, in general.


One thing that I'm having trouble with is HTTP/HTTPS streaming with VLC on Android. Almost every time it's unable to open the stream after trying to load it for a number of seconds. Does anyone else have this, or is it just me with some weird configurations?

For example, I wasn't able to stream any of the 32C3 streams, they only worked via the in-browser player.


In the earlier days of mainstream desktop linux (~2005), video codecs were a complete shitshow. VLC was a godsend during those times - it just worked. Still the first thing I apt-get after a fresh install.

If you're reading this team VLC, thank you for your work. Ways to contribute to VLC: http://www.videolan.org/contribute.html


Even until the last few years on Windows, codecs were a shit show. You could download codec packs, but it was pretty hit and miss. VLC was amazing - it would open everything, audio just worked, and subtitles just worked.


Yeah. And ending up playing a game of "useful or malware"


That's true even today, maybe I'm getting old and I don't play much with other tools like I used to do, but VLC is the only one that always "just work".


CCCP has worked great for me on Windows for the last 10+ years.


CCCP was amazing when it first came about. The last time I wanted to watch something, though, KCP was recommended over CCCP. Things are forever going to be a bit of a mess with playing anime since there's a long tradition of being on the bleeding edge of encoding.


Quicktime on Mac OS remains a shitshow to this day. I still have not figured out how to use third party srt files for subtitles.


You can use VLC on OSX as well. It works great!


When watching h.264 VLC consumes lots of CPU when QuickTime doesn't. I don't know why.


I assume that it is because QuickTime is using your GPU to decode the h.264 but VLC isn't.

There is support for hardware accelerated h.264 decoding in VLC; you just need to enable it. I think the option is in Input and Codecs tab in the preferences.


You might have hardware acceleration in the Input/Codecs menu disabled.


Try VLC 3.0.0 nightly builds using VideoToolbox or activate GPU decoding.


Maybe QuickTime knows how to leverage hardware decoding?


Holy shit, people still use Quicktime? Apologies for my OS X / iOS ignorance, but I haven't seen that in years on Windows / Linux.


It still comes bundled with Mac OS, of course, and receives regular updates from Apple. Every once in a while, usually after finally agreeing to an update that I've been putting off for years, I give it a try to see if it works yet. I am always disappointed.


I've been using OS X on my macbooks for like 2 years now, until now I had no idea it even existed anymore.


That's the least of QT's problems. The idiotic way that modern QuickTime container files handle audio-visual sync has caused the entire format to fall out of favor within the professional video industry.

The video and audio streams within such files are, by design, out of sync, and requires playback within QuickTime to actually get the file to play back properly, as the content creator intended. Workarounds exist, and some playback software can handle the problem internally, but VLC in particular is not always able to.


Quicktime gives me a bunch of weird green artifacts in empty spaces with h.264 encoded video. Seems to struggle with sync as well.


I think the srt file needs to have the same name as the main video file and they both need to be in the same folder.


VLC has been one of the best bets for a video player and I've used it for years. I've never contributed before though, so I'll gladly do it for their 15th year.


A client once gave me a lecture about how FOSS couldn't possibly produce software with the quality of commercial and was really just a parasitic element on software development.

He pulled up a video talk by some "expert" on the topic.

Oh yes, he used VLC.

Thanks for the classic "umm.. you know..." moment VLC project.


> FOSS [...] was really just a parasitic element on software development.

That's a weird claim. It's not like FOSS is taking tax money or forcing people to pay for something they don't use. How else could it possibly be parasitic?


It was a long convoluted argument. It went something like, "if all of those communists hadn't just made all that stuff for free then lots more people would have jobs building it". Also it all violated patents and was inherently inferior (but by its dastardly and audacious existence, prevented the better commercial stuff from being made). As well as costing the jobs. ???

It was about as coherent as cooked spaghetti.


> FOSS couldn't possibly produce software with the quality of commercial

Sometimes it's quite true, sometimes it's not, while I dislike extremist opinions probably his problems weren't solved by FOSS :) It depends on the task you want to solve.


the entire linux operating system wasn't enough for him, huh?


For this guy, no. He knew nearly nothing at all about linux. His was a windows shop through and through. It was much more powerful to call out a program he knew and used than the nebulous "linux" that he had never seen in action and believed to just be an inferior rip-off of windows 2003 server.


The most difficult challenge was to survive constant pressures from crapware for bundling deals.

Filezilla and alikes succumbed to that long time ago while VLC stand above the crowd.

Kudos, hats off and happy birthday!


> The most difficult challenge was to survive constant pressures from crapware for bundling deals.

We receive 5 of those offers per week, with VLC. And the amounts proposed are very very tempting.


>We receive 5 of those offers per week, with VLC. And the amounts proposed are very very tempting.

Thank you for not doing it.


Also wanted to say thank you for not doing it. Filezilla and Sourceforge both completely lost me as a user instantly by trying to pull that crap.


The message I'm getting here is that we the users should probably send you more money.


Thank you for not doing it, have my donation instead!

cheers for a great piece of software I use and love since probably around 12 years :)!


Would be nice to see the text of those offers, like the way the rpi foundation released the text of the offer they got (I've started to investigate the PUP ecosystem, and now said ecosystem includes the shittiest Indian winlockers and fakealert trojans, designed to get less knowledgeable user to call fake tech support)


mail me and I can send some of those.


Please keep staying away from it. FileZilla burned them-self, everyone moved to alternatives


everyone moved to alternatives

Like? I want to move to an alternative, but nothing reasonably easy to use and deploy on windows comes close FileZilla for performance.


Second +WinSCP.

The moment FileZilla prostituted itself - it's wiped out of my list of any useful tools immediately and forever.


client-side, you can use WinSCP, free, supports SCP, SFTP and FTP protocols. You can also use any piece of software on your computer to edit remote files, you juste have to configure file extensions in the parameters (like MSWord for .doc/.docx, notepad++ for .txt/.log/whatever, etc)


I use WinSCP when I can and quite like it. The big problems is that for some reason it is so much slower at downloading and especially uploading files that it really isn't usable in many cases.


Are all of those really crapware? Maybe you can hand-pick some useful utilities and bundle with default unchecked (checkbox) install option?


What useful utilities have you seen bundled with anything, then?


I've seen freeware antivirus bundled (McAfee, Avast). Can be useful for some people.


Since several people have said "it opens everything!" I thought I'd list a couple it doesn't handle: HYMT codec (multithreaded version of Huffyuv, useful for lossless capture of HD) UT Video codec various versions (also a multithreaded lossless codec set, I believe some versions VLC can play... but not the last several), oh and some FFV1 variants (clearly ffmpeg's fault, but still). All the above work fine with MPC-HC on Windows, if you have the codecs installed. VLC is still my player of choice, but as I've used HYMT and UT Video a lot, I've missed having them supported.


Send me those files.

We should have fixed both in the last version.


For years I have been infuriated by the window auto-resizing to match the video resolution issue, despite there being a checkbox to prevent resizing. Despite just quickly testing now and seeing that it seems to work (as it has on most prior occasions) I would happily bet a sizeable sum of money that no, in fact it isn't actually working and some future video I open will resize the window to a brazillion x gazillion. I really wish this would be fixed completely once and for all some day.


Slightly off-topic: Do you also look for files that play okay, but the audio and video are off-sync? Also, files where audio stops playing when seeking, for a few seconds? That seems to happen a lot to me.


Yes, we do.


Sent to your email (well, links were sent, the files are a little large for email...). Thanks for looking at these!


VLC is amazing. As a friend put it, "VLC will open everything, even a can of tuna". Thanks for VLC, VLC devs.


I love VLC's engine, but have never been a fan of its UI, especially the configuration interface. How well separated are the UI and engine? Building a new UI for VLC seems like a fun project.


Very decorelated.

libVLC is used in Android, iOS, WinRT, Tizen ports of VLC. You can build any UI you want about the library.

Moreover, we're working on a new UI, right now.


My wish: A faster way to toggle the most used filters, especially the sharpen filter.


Ok. What other filter?


Image enhancements in general I guess. Make it easy to get "better" quality if the source is "bad".

I also find it annoying that the filters window is always on top, so you have to close it after configuring the filters which makes you forget that filters are turned on. I guess always on top can be useful though, so it could be made optional in the window perhaps?


I find myself using brightness/contrast/gamma a lot.


Any of them the user likes, configurable as presets?


> How well separated are the UI and engine?

Completely. VLC can be run headless from command line.


Every application should have a headless command line interface.


You might want to check out VLC for Windows Store. We're trying new UI and user experiences and will release soon an update on Windows 10 with an improved design (cleaner and faster).


I’ve had a pretty poor experience with VLC on the Windows Store.

I tried it on my tablet (an HP Stream 7) running Windows 8.1, hoping to use it to play the music from my iTunes library (by copying the Music folder in iTunes’ iTunes Media folder from the computer that I use iTunes on to a microSD card inserted in the tablet’s microSD card slot).

Unfortunately, it had a number of issues:

Issue #1:

It seems that VLC doesn’t like the directory structure iTunes uses to store your music (when you’ve checkmarked the option in iTunes to 'Keep iTunes Media folder organized'), which consists of the top level (the 'Music' folder) containing folders named after each artist, which in turn contain folders named after the albums of each respective artist, which in turn contain the actual music files for those albums.

The reason I believe VLC doesn’t like this way of having the music organized is because after letting VLC read this music folder, VLC showed the albums in a completely non-sensical way (it was showing duplicate entries for the same album, with tracks in those albums being split between the duplicates (despite the music files containing ID3 tags!)).

Issue #2:

There’s no way to tell VLC not to search for information on the tracks from the Internet. It shows some of my songs with erroneous album art, etc. My songs that come from actual albums already have the album art embedded, so I don’t need VLC applying completely irrelevant album art to songs that aren’t actually from an album!

Issue #3:

It’s extremely slow (on my HP Stream 7)!

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I ended up switching over to MediaMonkey on the Windows Store, and while it has a host of issues of its own (it doesn’t show notifications for songs with album art, the UI gets glitchy after using it for a while (stuff like not showing text in the app anymore, so you can’t see your track names… which can only be rectified by closing and reopening it), etc.), at least it actually shows the contents on my Music folder perfectly organized (no duplicates or other such issues), it doesn’t try searching for metadata on the Internet, and it’s actually fast.


Been sporting it for a while. I wasn't sure if it was official, but nice execution!


Try mpv, it's essentially a player with no UI - it has a protocol UIs can use to be implemented on top of it.


mpv grew on me something fierce these past two weeks. Open quick, none of the options I honestly don't care about and open source. Good stuff.


My favorite VLC story is about this guy from Syria providing patches while being bombed. I heard jpkempf tell his story this weekend at FOSDEM (video isn't up yet).

It was featured on HN couple of weeks ago: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=10580208


I just want to say that VLC is one of the finest pieces of software I've ever had the privilege of running and the contributors to the project should be proud of themselves. It is fast, reliable, and robust. I suspect many who use it don't realize how powerful it is. Its command line interface offers the ability to integrate the automation of complex multimedia processes. It runs everything I throw at it.


I'll never be able to say enough good things about VLC, it changed the way I interacted with video permanently. I haven't thought about a codec in years.

only wish I found it sooner.


Maybe there is a plugin or something that provides this, but I wish VLC had a little bit better library management. It gets very tedious trying to import a large library and fix meta-data.

I suppose if you go too far in this area, you just end up reimplementing Kodi/XMBC, though.


We are exactly working on that. If you see the Android and iOS versions of VLC, they have those library features.

It will come on desktop.


My first reaction was, "Fifteen, shmifteen! When's that Chromecast support you promised coming?"

In all seriousness, as they say, VLC just opens everything. Thanks for it!



Thanks but to be honest, I am clueless on how to install it or use it on my Ubuntu machine.


I'm not entirely sure, but it seems that http://formation-debian.via.ecp.fr/, a famous debian tutorial (at least in early 2Ks) came from that school too. That's what made me get into debian without too much pain.


I used to promote VLC at every corner, until they dropped the ball on 4K support big time. Even with a good mid-price graphics card, they're unable to utilize the GPU hardware effectively, and if you don't have a good amount of CPU power, the app chokes when it's asked to play 4K video. Ridiculous, since even the integrated Intel graphics on CPUs are now capable of playing 4K without any trouble.


I can only comment on the Linux side of GPU accelerated video decoding as that's where my experience is: Pretty much _the_ standard for GPU accelerated video decoding is VDPAU, originally an nvidia project, now open source. Support for intel integrated GPUs came a little later in Linux under the guise of VAAPI (technically a subset of VDPAU). ATI/AMD also have a proprietary API called XVBA via their catalyst drivers but I haven't had much interaction with ATI hardware on Linux for a long time.

VDPAU allows my 7 year old weedy 1.6ghz atom to play 1080p without breaking a sweat (around 2% CPU usage).

VLC lagged behind a lot of other players (e.g mplayer, my personal favourite player; which added support in ~2009 or so), but has had decent VDPAU/VAAPI support since 2.1 (2013?).

In the case of VDPAU on nvidia, support for 4K is a hardware limitation (the purevideo chip that actually does the decoding). It's supported on purevideo 5 and later (present on some later fermi and most Kepler architecture cards).

It's the same story with Intel. Generally speaking, only Haswell and later architecture CPUs have support for 4K.


Out of interest, which media player do you use now? Are they cross-platform like VLC?


mpv is fast and plays just about everything, but it takes a bit getting used to, since its GUI is very minimalistic (by design). Configuration is via text files, and it is scriptable in Lua.

Available for Linux, Mac and Windows: https://mpv.io/


I still go with VLC out of habit, but switch to MPC to play 4k videos.


mpc-hc is the best for Windows.


SMplayer says hi :)


mplayer should be able to use your video acceleration.


I was very pleased to learn I could delay or advance the audio track on videos where the audio and video were out of sync, but I never did figure out how to save a video with the tracks properly synced and gave up.


The best French-born software IMHO :)


That's a pretty lofty claim. Remember, Fabrice Bellard is french which makes FFmpeg and QEMU[0] french-born software as well ;)

[0] and some other less prominent stuff: http://bellard.org


fucking amazing software, as good as it gets. kudos.


One of the greatest pieces of software I've ever used! I have yet to find a format of video it won't open.


vlc 2.2.1, latest desktop release, has a possible code execution bug relating to 3gp (which doesn't have to be the file extension). Most distros have patched it, but the videolan releases don't appear to be patched since they're 2.2.1 and since the file modification for one mirror of win32 2.2.1 is last April (of course it would be pathologically stupid to release patched binaries without a new release, but it's possible, and they don't appear to have done either).

https://web.nvd.nist.gov/view/vuln/detail?vulnId=CVE-2015-59...


Not many people open random remote video streaming links in VLC...


does network 2000 have any relation to foobar2000?


Your question had me interested, so I looked around a bit and found this forum post from "Peter" [0]:

>"foobar2000" is indeed a piece of random gibberish I had to type into "project name" box when creating a new project in MSVC, on the day all this started. IIRC I spent about 5 minutes on thinking about it - I wanted to get things working ASAP rather than worry about the name.

That forum profile has a link to Peter Pawlowski's website [1] and has been active since 2001, so I'd like to believe it's really him.

[0] - https://hydrogenaud.io/index.php?PHPSESSID=j8ru3u6374lh2vvh4...

[1] - http://perkele.cc/


Use it all the time. Thanks for the great project!

Wish SRTP can work well someday.


Technically, it already should. File a bug report with a sample!


I use VLC every day. A great multi platform app, very useful contribution to the open source community. Keep up the fantastic work.


By far my favorite VLC feature is when it picks subtitles automatically when they are named the same as the original video file. :)


never realized VLC has been around for so long!


Yeah amazing isnt it Its a great player


Seems that vlc 3 would have chromecast support. I'm looking foward for that.


Is it me only who experiences a rather slow startup time with VLC on Windows 10? Once it's loaded it rocks (as long as I want to watch videos). For music, it's not the best tool, but it does the job.


Still wished I could have VLC as an engine inside QuickTime or whatever's native to the platform/OS.

Is that possible or do you have to source the web for several obscure codecs?


OS-specific things are OS-specific. ffmpeg (the primary backend decoder used by VLC and many other OS projects) is a great cross-platform library that can play most things, but you need some kind of platform-specific wrapper (e.g. ffdshow on windows) to hook it into the OS' native services and make it available inside other apps.


I dont think it's possible since it seemed pretty lock down to me. I just always replaced it as my main player since that seemed to be the least hasle free way than mess with the OS featured player to get it to work right


This is a thing already. It's an option as a qt phonon backend in Linux at least, so all qt apps that use it will support any of vlcs codecs.




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