It is not always easy to find the media player which satisfies all your requirements, but the VLC Media Player has usually been a reliable and efficient all around video player which supports most kinds of files and when it can’t it lets you download and install plug-ins for particular kinds of files.
If you have been a consistent user of the VLC Player, you would be pleased to know that the latest version, VLC Media Player 1.0.0 – Goldeneye is out and ready for free download at their official site (link below). You can either update or install for the first time in order to experience a great multimedia interface.
The Free Download of VLC 1.0.0 Version includes the following features:
Free, Open Source and cross-platform
Independent of systems codecs to support most video types
Instant pausing and Frame-by-Frame support
Finer speed controls
New HD codecs (AES3, Dolby Digital Plus, TrueHD, Blu-Ray Linear PCM, Real Video 3.0 and 4.0, …)
New formats (Raw Dirac, M2TS, …) and major improvements in many formats…
New Dirac encoder and MP3 fixed-point encoder
Video scaling in fullscreen
RTSP Trickplay support
Zipped file playback
Easier encoding GUI in Qt interface
Better integration in Gtk environments
MTP devices on linux
New skin for the skins2 interface
The coolest thing about the VLC is that it is open source which makes it open to peer group development. It plays zipped files, and can record live. Also, VLC 1.0.0 supports instant pausing and frame-by-frame support. Codecs are available for almost all kinds of known file types. Some of the file types for which codecs are available are AES3, Dolby Digital Plus, TrueHD, Blu-Ray Linear PCM, Real Video 3.0 and 4.0.
This highly portable multimedia player can be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast on a high bandwidth network. We had earlier described the features of VLC 0.9.2 when it was released last September. VLC Media Player may have its shortcomings but certainly fares better than most multimedia players available today.