VLC: VideoLAN Client
Full Form of VLC or VLC is an open source and cross-platform media player. It was developed by VideoLAN and is free to use by everyone. It is available on App stores, supports all operating system and mobile platforms. VLC supports audio and video format (MPEG, DivX/Xvid, Ogg and many more) as well as DVDs, VCDs. It is built in a modular way which means you can choose from different modules and decide how to control and display the output.
It can stream over networks and to transcode multimedia files and can save them into various formats.
What does VLC mean?
“VLC media player is a free and open-source, cross-platform media player and streaming server developed by the VideoLAN project. VLC originally stood for VideoLAN Client and LAN stands for Local Area Network, when VLC was a client of the VideoLAN project. It was originally developed as two programs for media streaming, VideoLAN Client (VLC) and VideoLAN Server (VLS), later the features of VLS have been incorporated into VLC and renamed VLC media player.”
VLC media player is an open source cross-platform media player that supports a wide variety of file formats. It was first released in 2001 by the VideoLAN project. The player is able to stream over computer network and to transcode multimedia files. It supports wide variety of operating systems including: Windows, iOS, Linux, Android, Solaris, etc.
VLC supports wide range of file formats including: Audio formats (mp3, AAC, AC3, RealAudio, WMV), Video Format (AVI, FLV, QuickTime File Format, MP4, WAV, MPEG, WMV) and Subtitles (DVD-Video, SVCD, DVB, MPEG-4 Timed Text, Text file, etc.)
The VideoLAN project was an academic project by the students of French Engineering School, in 1996. They wanted to watch television on their PCs. They wrote VLS (VideoLAN Server) and VLC (VideoLAN Client) to stream and read MPEG2.
On 1st February 2001, it was released with the name VLC media player. It is available for android devices on Google Play store since 2011.
- As it is packet based, it can play damaged, incomplete or unfinished videos also.
- It can be installed or run directly from the USB or other external drive.
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