Geek Software of the Week: VLC Viewer

While searching for the best ways to stream video… I ran across this video/audio player. At first I was kinda “so what?” Then, I tried it. It is fast, smooth, and, of course FREE! And, if you do not have software to play DVDs on your system, it will play DVDs as well (with appropriate hardware of course!)

VLC media player

“VLC media player 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.”

So, check it out! It really is a solid media player… and works very well!

There are binary installations available for:
* Windows
* Mac OS X
* BeOS
* Debian GNU/Linux
* Ubuntu Linux
* Mandriva Linux
* Fedora Core
* Familiar Linux
* YOPY/Linupy
* Zaurus
* SUSE Linux
* Red Hat Linux
* WinCE / PocketPC
* Slackware Linux
* ALT Linux

And, with the source code, you can compile it for:
* NetBSD
* OpenBSD
* FreeBSD
* Solaris
* QNX
* Gentoo Linux
* Crux Linux

Features available in VLC

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