[Tranlate:German] The open-source media player VLC plays most video and audio formats like DivX, VCD, DVD, MP3, WMA and OGG as well as MOV and FLV files from any problems. The known formerly called VideoLAN Client supports MPEG and DivX streaming and playing videos from only during the download. Who large video files, has an eye can, so check in advance whether the effort is worthwhile. Furthermore, the program serves not only as a media player and streaming client, but also as a server to a video or even more per stream with IPv4 or IPv6 to send.
VLC also opens by ZIP packed media files without having to unpack before. It also offers a range of audio and video settings such as a graphic equalizer. The playlist allows you to play multiple videos in a row and saves a lot of trouble if a movie consists of several parts. Useful feature is the built-in recording function that records by simply clicking on the Internet as streaming video.
Since version 1.1.0 of VLC Player now supports GPU and DSP hardware acceleration for decoding videos. This will reduce CPU utilization, especially when playing HD video under ten percent. However, the developers point out that currently only Nvidia GPUs also bring the current version with some new video and audio codecs, including Google and VP8 WebM and Atrac1 and MPEG-4 ALS. In addition, now also works displaying PGS sub-titles in Blu-ray discs. Also new is support for CDDB music database and an optimized integration into the Windows 7 taskbar. A complete list of changes is available on the website of the manufacturer.
Conclusion: The VLC is a very good and free media player that should be on any computer. The operation is simple and the player is playing as good as from any video and audio formats without installing codecs would be necessary.
Requirements: Mac with Intel processor
How to install: VLC for Mac OS X is distributed as a disk image. Download the .dmg file, open it, and copy VLC to your hard drive (for instance the /Applications folder). Open VLC by double-clicking on it.
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