When you’re dealing with lots of video files, you may not want to watch a video clip in your Non-Linear-Edit Program. You want to just click on the video and quickly watch it without a big production. Windows Media Player or Apple Quick Time simply won’t play all the codecs and that’s a pain. I discovered a free program called VLC Media Player that makes my life a lot easier.
It’s open source, unlike the other two major Media Players. It runs on all platforms: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Unix, iOS, and Android. It has no spyware, ads and no user tracking. Support and documentation appear to be thorough, although I have not needed it.
Video formats it will play:
Cinepak, Dirac /VC – 2
And the list of audio formats is even longer.
Musepack / MPC, MXF
I’ve never heard of some of those codecs, but I know Windows Media Player and Apple Quick Time cannot play many of them. With VLC there’s nothing else to download and no hassle. I’ve made VLC my default Media Player and what a relief that is. Their large library of codec formats, include the high-definition formats like Blu-Ray and HD-DVD. VLC Media Player can also do frame-by-frame playback. And it works on live and streaming video. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.