2 years of improvements… VLC 0.9.2
VideoLAN’s VLC media player is one of the top dogs in the world of open source. After spending an eternity releasing 0.8.x improvements they’ve today released version 0.9.2. Almost any video or audio format you can think of, VLC will play without the need to install any codecs or additional software, the best thing is, the Windows installer is just 13.8MB.
VLC isn’t just a player, but a transcoder without trial periods or watermarks, everything about VLC is completely free. In the few hours 0.9.2 has been available its received over half a million downloads. VLC is multi-platform, lightweight and easy to use.
This latest version has been named Grishenko and has been 2 years in development. Improvements include interface redesigns on Windows and Linux versions (but not on Mac OS X).
For developers, the core of VLC, libVLC has been rewritten and modularised to support externally built plugins. Language support has also been improved with the inclusion of Finnish, Polish, Punjabi, Persian and Bulgarian. Security has been improved within the update system as well as the inclusion of more codecs and support for further recording and input devices.
Since February 2005 VLC has provided over 166 million downloads, and with every release popularity increases. For those looking for a simple media player without baggage or lag, there really is no reason not to download VLC.