VLC player - Open source media player
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VLC player is undoubtedly the best and the most popular open source media player around. It is a product of VideoLan corporation which is based in France. Here is a brief history of this project from the official website of VideoLan.
The project started as a student project at the French École Centrale Paris, in 1996. After a complete rewrite in 1998, it became Open Source, thanks to the agreement of the École Centrale Paris, in 2001. The project started to open up to developers outside of the École. It is now a worldwide project with developers from 20 countries. Since 2009, the project is completely separated from École Centrale Paris, and is backed up by an autonomous non-profit organisation.
VLC player has gained the reputation of being a versatile player that can play almost any type of audio/video thrown up to it.
VLC player can play :
The platform's supported by VLC player are :
So we see that its a long list of platforms that are supported by VLC. This speaks for itself about the effort that is being put in to develop and maintain VLC player.
VLC Player capabilities
Here is a list (not complete) of what VLC is capable of :
The above list is not exhaustive but still gives an idea of the capabilities of VLC play