However, since VLC is getting too mainstream, I see more and more of hate that is unjustified. When asked why, they cannot explain why. This is a bit annoying to be honest.
Finally, VLC being Cross-Platform cannot be the best on all platforms. We do our best, but we cannot be 100% perfect, especially with so little time. We need to do a company, but what Business Model?
It can open all media files we care until today.
It displays subtitles correctly.
It enhances the sound of some media files that would otherwise have lower volume level when played on Windows Media Player.
It is cross-platform: we use it on Mac, Windows, and Linux.
Did I tell you that people around me are happy users (regardless the UI tweak?) because it just works with minimum effort to install?
Keep the very good work.
This is a great timesaver for keynotes, lectures, and shows which move too slowly ;)
I really wish there would be some sort of plugin that could select an even higher speed for silent/quiet parts.
I figured "how hard could it be" (having some experience writing tiny softsynths in the past I wouldn't even mind writing a low quality pitch-preserving resample filter) but digging into it, coding a plugin for VLC is pretty arcane. At least, I couldn't figure it out without having to dig into all sorts of audio/video decoding issues I didn't really want to get in to.
If anyone has any tips it would be greatly appreciated. I cannot promise I'll manage to code that particular filter but at least I can have some fun writing crazy VLC filter effects :)
I love it to bits, keep up the good work! Haters are a reeeeally small minority.
That's why I recommend it to everyone and why everyone I know uses it.
Most of us use VLC to watch movies and not all of us finish them in one sitting. I hate having to find where I left off...
Edit: also displays subtitles a lot better.
You might need to use the OpenGL output on Linux, though.
But trying VLC out reminded me of a few more issues:
* Activating the controls while in full-screen mode (by hitting the bottom of the screen) is temperamental
* There's a lag after unpausing the video before audio starts playing again. Not functionally relevant, but it drives me nuts.
Once it's added in and the plugin is enabled however It does do it just as well as mplayer. This is one of the reasons that I like gentoo on my desktop. It makes getting some of these things nearly trivial once setup.
I have yet to test VLC 2.0 though.
It will come in the next version.
Some audio outputs have changed to the new mode, some have not. It will come in some future minor releases.
We also need to move many VLC modules to LGPL, since VLC/iOS needs static linking on this platform.
But, I am working on it. It takes a lot of time, and I am already doing much on my free time.
Hopefully this will allow for other open source software to link to libVLC without having to fully upgrade to GPL however.
Wasn't this a problem on windows that was fixed?
1. Forces you to full screen on the main monitor regardless of which monitor the window is currently in. So if you click it on your left hand monitor it jumps to your right hand monitor.
2. Forces you to look at linen (!!!) in the other monitor. It doesn't even do the slightly less broken behavior of giving you black on the other monitor, it literally fills it up with that ridiculous linen repeated pattern so that it can optimally annoy you as you are watching the movie. Not to mention that you should have the option of actually using your other monitor for actual work.
This is why I just can't use iTunes or Quicktime for watching video content anymore. Because someone literally went in and deleted working code. Quicktime used to have nice options for blacking the other screens or not, etc. and they were taken out. Were people demanding this feature in VLC or something?
Because it's the platform default. That's how it should be.
> It provides zero functionality over "non-native" (??) fullscreen
Wrong. It puts you in another "Space".
You can argue that you like OS X's fullscreen feature, but VLC implements it just how it sould be.
Yep, this is the exact reason. None of the developer like it much, but using the default option on a platform improve the integration.
Again, I do not consider this to be "functionality", but a bug. Spaces were and continue to be very much a pro feature which most common users do not understand. To shove it down everyone's throat when they think they are just making a window bigger is pretty bad UI. Notice the name of the feature is "full screen", not "new space that behaves different than every other space by being exclusive to one app". In fact, to higlight this, it sometimes doesnt even actually fullscreen! As with the new Messages app, it doesn't full screen the app but rather makes it take up roughly half the screen, surrounded by linen, in it's own space (all in single monitor mode btw). So if they want to have that silly button on the top right of the window, the maybe-fullscreen-maybe-not-but-for-sure-a-different-space button, then by all means. But dont make this the behavior of cmd-f which has meant something totally different for the last 10 years.
The new graphical look in OSX (perhaps other systems as well, I don't know about them) has gotten some critique, but I think it looks great.
I ended up having to go back to 1.11, as it ended up choking on the 1080p60 files my vidcam produces, though at first, for a minute or two, it worked better than 1.11 win32 (where i have to slow it down to 67% speed to get smooth playback).
The u.i. changes (removal of slow down and speed back, and see playback speed) threw me for a moment, but then I saw I could customize the u.i. really easily, which was great.
Can't wait til the day it can tap into my Nvidia GPU (460), but i know that's a non-trivial problem.
Anyhow, overall, congrats to the team, and I look forward to some additional upgrades so I can tap into the new features.
Wayback machine: http://web.archive.org/web/20091201230711/http://www.videola...
OS/2 ? Why ?
My guess, and it's just a guess, is that a few guys with old OS/2 machines thought it would be cool, so added it. Highly unlikely they devoted mainline VLC devs to it.
One guy, from Korea gave use very high quality patches for OS/2 that did not break other platforms and were easy to maintain.
On what ground could we refuse them?
http://www.ecomstation.com/ - they even have this.
I did need to restart VLC for that to take effect. This is VLC 1.x (whatever the latest in the Ubuntu repos is). I suspect the option is still available in VLC 2.
Can you file a bugreport for a sample?
Seems like version 1.1 does not pick it up for update via 'Help / Check for updates'.
Dont know if its by design or a little, tiny bug.
The VLC team likes people to get it from their distro's package repos. On Ubuntu (Oneiric, Precise) you do that by adding the correct PPA to your sources list. This website has more info: http://iloveubuntu.net/vlc-20-released-ppa-available
Basically, though, do this at a command line:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:videolan/stable-daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install vlc
test : old, low quality 480p divx
version | cpu usage | comm.
vlc 2.0.0f | ~ 15% | half of it being system calls.
vlc 1.1.11 | > 1% | smaller than one pixel in proc.exp graph
Sorry for not having filed anything, I'm still don't have this reflex...
Until VLC becomes more "native" on OS X and improves its interface, I don't think I'll be using it. In any case, I've downloaded it on my PC, so I'm keeping an open mind towards it.
I normally use Plex Client (playing from Plex Media Server) but some sources crash Plex if the type of digital audio changes midstream, so I'll play that source in one of these, depending on whether I need the subtitles or am watching a whole series at once.