The VLC Media Player is one of the best and most popular playback programs and despite it took its time VLC is finally on Chrome OS.
- VLC was originally made to work on C or C++ platforms
- The VideoLAN team used the App Runtime to ‘recycle’ VLC for Chrome
- The app has a few bugs which will soon be remedied
As many other applications, the VLC Media Player for Chrome was created using the Runtime App which is a feature that allows developers to create applications that will work on Chrome OS.
VLC Media Player, powered by VideoLAN allows users to open a wide range of audio and video file formats from MP3s to ISOs or FLAC. The program also supports subtitles or network streaming. The reason why VLC is so popular is that it has no ads and is completely free. The people who developed it have done it voluntarily so it’s like a gift-app.
You should note that the player is only available on mobile Chrome and not on desktop versions. After being tested on Chromebook Pixel and HP Chromebook 14, users have reported some issues and VideoLAN is trying to fix them as soon as possible. Although the application is not available on desktop versions of Chrome, you can easily use it on Windows, or Mac or Linux.
The app’s database will index from a folder of your choice and it is recommended you choose the one where all of your media is located. The app includes a media library for both audio and video files and a widget that allows you to control volume and any other sound related features. Moreover, VLC also offers support for subtitles and cover art.
Given the fact that the Chrome OS is not really the top when it comes to media, the VideoLAN team has actually managed to do a great job by repurposing its Android app to work on Google’s operating system.
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