Need a media player that does a little bit of everything? With as many audio and video formats that there are out there, it is hard to find a program that does just about everything. VLC Media Player, I am happy to say, is that “does everything” sort of program.

Just last night, I wanted to watch a DVD on my laptop computer. I didn’t have any software to do it with that came with my computer – so what was I do to? I just downloaded and installed VLC and in a few minutes I was back to watching old episodes of Red Dwarf on DVD.

Here are a few notes from the developers about the product.

VLC (initially VideoLAN Client) is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, …) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.

Now if you are not in love with the interface, you can always just keep it around as a backup program. Just in case you run into that one video that has the wacky format you can not play. VLC Media Player is a good alternative or backup solution so you don’t have to go hunting for hours for a specific player for that specific format.

If you haven’t already, download it – give it a shot and let me know your thoughts on it.

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[tags]Windows, freeware, media, player, formats, backup, audio, video, VLC Media Player, Red Dwarf[/tags]