Media players are a given in this day and age, but people probably forget that just a few years ago, it was kind of difficult to play any video or audio file you wanted without the proper codecs pack. But then VLC came along, and with its wide variety of codecs, it was able to play almost any format. And now, to the benefit of Chrome users, VLC is to become available for Chrome OS.
- VLC can be used as a media file converter
- The program can also be used to record your desktop, as well as to live stream
- It also allows you to subscribe to podcasts and listen to internet radio
- VLC is one of the few programs out there that allow you to use a video wallpaper
- You can also apply audio and video effects through the magic of VLC
- VLC also has the ability to play any video in ASCII
The free media player was available for all operating systems except for Chrome OS, but that is about to change.
Jean-Baptiste Kempf, the President of VideoLAN, said that their product, developed by a team of volunteers, is intended for everyone, is completely free, missing even in-app purchases, it doesn’t even have ads, and as far as they no, it has no encrypted spying protocols.
He continues to say that despite their best efforts, the version that just came out for Chrome OS is the first version made for the operating system, so it might still have some issues.
He also advised users to only use the latest Chrome 48, or the most recent beta version of the software. And even though it’s the first release, and more updated versions of the media player will be launched at a later date, he urges people to enjoy the product.
In case you’re not familiar with the media player, you should. It really is one of the best you can find out there, especially since it’s completely free.
It has the ability to play media files with even the weirdest of extensions, like FLAC. You can also use it for streaming, as well as for playing DVD ISO files.
The software also comes with the ability to create cover art and subtitles for the media files you’re using, as well as to create a watermark for your videos.
The people behind the program made all the source code available for free as well, so if you’re into programming, you can even learn a thing or two, or you can just modify it to better suit your needs.
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