VLC is a great free multimedia player with an amazing number of features among which stands out its ability to play almost any media file you can think of. Thanks to the codec pack is has already included, VLC needs no additional plugins or addons to conveniently playback a virtually endless list of file formats not only of video but also of audio. Besides it has a simple and intuitive interface that brings all the features any user needs to fulfill his/her media playback needs. What's best, VLC is totally for free, you can download now from the "Download" button on top of this page.
Today I'm going to tell you about the novelties this solid free multimedia player brings in its last version. One of the things that first called my attention is that now you are able to perform frame-by-frame playback with granular speed controls enables on-the-fly slower or faster file reproduction.
One of the most remarkable improvements is support for GPU decoding, which will certainly improve VLC's performance while watching HD videos. Moreover, as one would expect in a player that supports almost all codecs available in the multimedia players market, this version has added support for Google's new format: WEBM and VP8 codec. The best is that we will not need additional codecs installed, VLC brings them factory-integrated.
Another interesting piece of news around this fascinating free multimedia player and codec pack is the possibility of preforming live recording of streaming video. What is really interesting in terms of customization is that toolbars can be personalized, thus giving you the possibility to have the buttons you find more necessary and eliminate those you never use.
VLC can also play files directly from compressed formats like .rar eliminating the need of decompressing prior to playback. There is also an important novelty regarding plugins. In a Firefox-like style, VLC adds support for extensions, providing additional functionality to the program. These extensions are written in Lua, an agile and versatile language, which is simple object-oriented thus making is easier to create and develop the extensions. In this way, VLC is expected to increase its functionality with, for example, artist information on Wikipedia, Last.fm support for Audioscrobbler, search for lyrics, etc. by now we could only test allocine.lua with really nice results
Besides the enhancements, VLC still brings solid support for and uncountable number of multimedia file formats, such as OGG, MP2, MP3, MP4, DivX, HD codecs like AES3, Raw Dirac, and even supports the playback of compressed files like zip and rar. In the words of VideoLAN this new version is simply lighter and faster, with an increase of around 40%. So, do not hesitate and download VLC now, satisfaction guaranteed!