VLC Media Player
VLC Media Player
3.0.8

4.3

VLC Media Player free download for Mac

VLC Media Player

3.0.8
21 August 2019

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Overview

VLC Media Player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, MP3, OGG, ...) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.

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Version 3.0.8:
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Note: Starting with VLC 3.0.5, VLC is distributed with runtime hardening enabled on macOS Mojave. All external VLC plugins need to be signed by a DeveloperID certificate in order to continue working with the official VLC package.

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Jazzyguy
26 October 2008

Most helpful

M-Rick: Thanks for Movist. It works great on all Movies including AVI and MP4 I really like the way it displays the films and although VLC is good Movist seems to be better.
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Version 0.9.5
rafabass05
18 January 2020
muy buena esta aplicacion, es el mejor reproductor de videos para macbook pro...
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Version 3.0.8
johnnylemmer
04 January 2020
Love it very much, can't miss it anymore
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Version 3.0.8
ocean442
06 November 2019
Used to be my nr 1 choice for video playing, but now I've chose Iina instead. Has a more Mac-like UI.
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Version 3.0.8
blancaberger
14 October 2019
My old but loyal player)
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Version 3.0.8
DragonMaster
08 September 2019
Hell of a fine tool!
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Version 3.0.8
Aeschylus
20 August 2019
On their website: VLC 3.0.8 is the eight update of "Vetinari": Fix stuttering for low framerate videos Improve adaptive streaming support Fix WebVTT subtitles rendering Improve audio output on macOS &iOS It also fixes security issues: 13 issues, including 5 buffer overflows we fixed. 11 CVEs were assigned and addressed.
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Version 3.0.8
Spudfry
31 July 2019
Broken in Mojave 10.14.6 - menu distortion & bad colour artefacting make it impossible to use menus while any kind of video is on.
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Version 3.0.7.1
4 answer(s)
Mcr
Mcr
07 August 2019
I'm running on 10.14.6 right now, have not seen that problem with distortion of menus. This is on three different Macs, all running 10.14.6 and VLC 3.0.7.1. One mac has AMD Radeon video, the other nvidia Geforce, the third Intel UHD 630...so it doesn't seem like video hardware is impactful. I've been running x264, x265 (HEVC) encoded videos up to 4K resolution, on standard monitors and high resolution (retina) displays
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Panico
Panico
10 August 2019
Hi, just a guess: do you have 'Automatically adjust brightness' on (Display in System Preferences) or Automatic switching (Macbook) or changed your display profile? See discussions on Apple forum
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meco-jon51
meco-jon51
18 August 2019
Same problem. I have macOS Mojave 10.14.6 and card Invidia GeoForce.
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Mcr
Mcr
21 August 2019
@Spudfry are you also using nVidia graphics? If so, can't be a coincidence, I suspect this is an Apple issue. Mojave + nVidia + Metal graphics has been a battle. Apple and nVidia have divorced each other, driver support from nVidia is spotty at best. Very few nvidia cards are 'officially' supported in Mojave, and the list will grow even shorter with Catalina. The nvidia system I tried it on is a 2013 iMac with Geforce GT 750M.
You and @meco-jon51 may want to try the 10.14.6 supplemental update that just came out in early August, if you haven't already. Off chance there is a new driver in that update.

There are so many other quirky things broken in 10.14.6, really wished I had stayed on 10.14.5 myself; been contemplating restoring from my clone....
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Derekcurrie
23 July 2019
Just so you know: There is a pending security patch for VLC being developed. Theoretically, the security hole (CVE-2019-13615) can lead to a buffer overflow (the usual...). “'A remote, anonymous attacker can exploit a vulnerability in VLC to execute arbitrary code, create a denial of service state, disclose information, or manipulate files,' according to a release by German security agency CERT-Bund posted over the weekend."

So far, there are no exploits in-the-wild. But keep an eye out for a VLC update past v3.0.7.1.

ARTICLE:
VLC Media Player Plagued By Unpatched Critical RCE Flaw
https://threatpost.com/vlc-media-player-plagued-by-unpatched-critical-rce-flaw/146611/
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Version 3.0.7.1
poeaaron24
24 June 2019
My fav player!
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Version 3.0.7.1
Aargl
12 June 2019
If anyone is interested, I've found the Changelog page: https://www.videolan.org/developers/vlc-branch/NEWS
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Version 3.0.7.1
1 answer(s)
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
13 June 2019
"Changes between 3.0.7 and 3.0.7.1:"
----------------------------------
Access:
* Update libbluray to 1.1.2

macOS:
* Fix bluray java menu playback regression in 3.0.7

Video Output:
* Fix hardware acceleration with some AMD drivers
* Improve direct3d11 HDR support
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Dellsuxx
10 June 2019
MacUpdate Is downloading wrong version 3.0.3! should be 3.0.7.
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Version 3.0.7
Aargl
31 March 2019
Well, let's face the truth: one year has passed since v3.0 and the bugs are still there... :-( Nothing has moved since I filed my bug 3 months ago, the least we can say is that the pace of development is quite slow. So sad, but I tend to use more and more VLC's rivals.
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Version 3.0.6
1 answer(s)
Aargl
Aargl
20 August 2019
3.0.8: the song remains the same... :-(
Even worse: my live TV streams are now out of sync.
Back to 2.2.8 once again.
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diamondrogue
15 February 2019
VLC has proven over and over to be the most versatile player I have ever used with the video and audio adjustment capability I have been able to use clips that would have otherwise been unusable. Thank you
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Version 3.0.6
Mcr
15 January 2019
Went back to version 2.2.8. I use a feature whereby if you place the cursor on the timeline bar, using the scroll button on mouse up and down will advance time forward and backward. In 2.2.8 the motion is smooth, and the increments predictable. In 3.0.6 it will work sometimes, then other times the time marker will jump randomly to a spot far ahead (or behind) what you would expect based on the degree of motion on the scroll, sometimes as much as 30+ minutes ahead or back, when at most it should have incremented a minute give or take (compared to 2.2.8).

This is a deal breaker for me, as I use this feature constantly to review short, specific clips over and over. I'm a little hard of hearing, so when I'm watching a video, often I miss something or can't make it out unless I hear it repeated a few times, so this feature to be able to quickly scroll back in very short increments is useful. Yes, I know you can click on the timeline bar, but the granularity is not as fine as using the scroll feature. For a 2 hour movie, clicking even the slightest amount on either side of the current time marker still results in a jump of several minutes or more, instead of seconds. This is on a Mac mini 2018 with the i7 upgrade, so I know it is not due (or shouldn't be) to CPU or video lag. it has been reported (actually had already reported it when 3.0.0 came out)
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Version 3.0.6
1 answer(s)
Aargl
Aargl
25 January 2019
Nice feature indeed! ;-) I've never used it before, but now that I've tried it, I understand your frustration and it's definitely another argument for not switching to v3.
Well, in the end, v3 does not bring amazing improvements, so better stick with the old one. ;-)
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Aargl
11 January 2019
I encourage every VLC users here to report any issue at https://forum.videolan.org/
As VLC3 is getting better, I've filed my issue about .ts audio being out of sync: https://forum.videolan.org/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=147595
We can't expect using great freeware such as VLC without spending some of our time reporting bugs. ;-)
I suppose that when they have enough reports about a specific issue they focus on it...
This is the only issue I've found, but it's a fundamental one for my use case, so I keep relying on v2.2.8 until it's fixed.
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Version 3.0.6
2 answer(s)
Aargl
Aargl
08 June 2019
... and the bug is still there in 3.0.7.
So I take back what I said about reporting issues to the forum, it's blatantly useless. :-(
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Aargl
Aargl
12 June 2019
Changes between 3.0.7 and 3.0.7.1:
----------------------------------
Access:
* Update libbluray to 1.1.2

macOS:
* Fix bluray java menu playback regression in 3.0.7

Video Output:
* Fix hardware acceleration with some AMD drivers
* Improve direct3d11 HDR support

So trying it is useless...
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Aargl
27 December 2018
Looks like 3.0.5 finally fixed every issue! If you were a v2 user, you HAVE TO reset the prefs to start anew, otherwise you'll have issues (mainly with subtitles). If you want your settings to be permanent, you MUST set them with no video loaded, otherwise they won't stick. There's only one issue left with subtitles: you can't set a colored background as permanent setting, only through the menu — which apply only to the current video. I bet you could manually edit the pref file to get it back, but I think I can live without that... ;-) Resuming playback position works with every format I've tested, so I don't see any reason to stick to v2, this time. Hopefully we won't discover new bugs...
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Version 3.0.5
3 answer(s)
Aargl
Aargl
28 December 2018
Oh noooooo, not again... :-(
Just after writing my review, new trial with multilingual .ts: audio gets out of sync when I switch to a different language!
C'mon, VLC devs, do something good! Grrrrrrr! :-p

P.S.: I've checked this many times, in a clean account too, with .ts files. If you don't use .ts files, you might not meet this issue...
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Aargl
Aargl
28 December 2018
Looks like remuxing the .ts file into .mkv makes audio syncing...
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Mcr
Mcr
28 December 2018
When 3.0 was first released with all its issues, I said it would take at least 6 months to a year to reach pre-3.0 stability and usability levels. Well it's been about 6 months and we have the 5th update of 3.0. Maybe time to try it again.

So just bought a MacMini 2018, with the i7, hex core, 12 thread upgrade and 32GB ram. Will give VLC 3.0.5 a spin this weekend, although since having installed Plex server and loaded my video library into that, I find I hardly use VLC anymore for entertainment viewing; but basically just to do quick views of short clips or to check the quality of a rip, or videos that I may not want to add to my plex video library permanently just yet until I decide whether to keep it.
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Brooklyn-Al
27 December 2018
Still showing version 3.04 upon download not 3.05.
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Version 3.0.5
7 answer(s)
Macinman
Macinman
27 December 2018
Was just coming here to make the same note: Videolan is still showing 3.0.4 as the latest download, so be careful here. This could be genuine from a different Videolan source, or it could be wrong posting ,or a hacked version. Maybe still a beta.
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Brooklyn-Al
Brooklyn-Al
27 December 2018
I downloaded it directly from VideoLan webpage.....still version 3.04
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WordWeaver
WordWeaver
27 December 2018
I have noticed that this happens quite often here on MacUpdate. I don't know if it is just due to human error, but they seem to frequently post version numbers which are just slightly ahead of the latest official release of an app. Yet when you download it, as has been discussed here, it is actually the last official release, and not a new release. Sometimes I wonder if MacUpdate does this intentionally, just so folks will download from their site. :)
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Scion777
Scion777
27 December 2018
same thing - only 3.0.4 at the official site - beware!!!
until an explanation is posted .....
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Aargl
Aargl
27 December 2018
Thank you all for pointing this out! :-)
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Macinman
Macinman
27 December 2018
Just went to Videolan.org again and it's now showing 3.0.5 as the download version. S, In this case, MacUpdate published a little ahead of the main site.
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Aargl
Aargl
27 December 2018
Indeed! Just a matter of hours... :-)
I've recently seen the same case with another app (Waterfox, if I remember well): I suppose some devs warn MU even before they update their own site! :-o
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showduke
06 December 2018
Logiciel indispensable pour lectures vidéos. Prend en charges tous les formats. En plus, il est gratui
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Version 3.0.4
Lumac
22 September 2018
Plays allmost ALL videos without glitches and bugs and with ALL audio! I use this app since first release!
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Version 3.0.4
kolkataroy
22 September 2018
excelent
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Version 3.0.3
L0xby
10 June 2018
3.0 is a total garbage fire of an update. Will most likely take another year before it reaches stable parity to 2.2.8.
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Version 3.0.3
Aargl
31 May 2018
VLC 3.0.3 is globally usable but the biggest issue I've found is with the colors for .srt subtitles: the settings for Mac rendering in the advanced prefs seem gone, while the subtitles menu finally works — which is a good thing — but it's not saved and you have to set it again on next launch... :-/ Enough for me to revert once again to good old v2.2.8.
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Version 3.0.3
George6
31 May 2018
how about the weird bug, that with some videos the fast forward step keyboard shortcut skips the whole video, while with some videos it steps just a second? to me v3 is a bit of a mess. it seems the vlc team is just concerned with techie nuts and bolts while terrible usability/ui bugs stay unnoticed. vlc always was the best player out there but now i'm looking out for alternatives.
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Version 3.0.3
2 answer(s)
Macinman
Macinman
31 May 2018
Have you tried IINA? I have it installed along with VLC, and find it to be quite stable with my needs. It was recommend to me by someone who was a VLC user and got tired of the security holes and instabilities they were experiencing.
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George6
George6
01 June 2018
I actually chose IINA already as my replacement. It even has the VLC shortcuts as a preset. We'll see if it beats the good old VLC 2.
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davidvh
30 May 2018
Great app. A must have for Mac owners. How does one get rid of the second play window in version 3? I've had to revert back to 2.2.8.
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Version 3.0.3
2 answer(s)
Jcraig
Jcraig
30 May 2018
This is not meant to be an attack on you, but I am curious why you would rate v.3 of this software at 5 stars when you admit to issues causing you to revert to v.2? A false rating doesn't seem helpful to those considering updating.
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davidvh
davidvh
31 May 2018
Not sure this is a bug. Is the feature intended? Apparently it can be turned off in previous versions... perhaps that's the way its supposed to be.
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LeroyMorrison
15 May 2018
A must have and the first install for me whenever I get a new Mac. I haven't been able to find a video format that it wasn't able to play.
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Version 3.0.2
Mcr
14 May 2018
Version 3.0.2 is still too buggy for me, IMO. Tried, reverted back to 2.2.8. At the rate this is going, it might be another 6 months before 3.x reaches the stability and usability level of version 2.
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Version 3.0.2
Aargl
14 May 2018
As I mentioned earlier, VLC 3.0.2 fixes a lot of bugs from v3.0, but some still remain like one I've spotted in the Video Effects window: cropping is behaving weirdly.
As it is a function I'm using a lot while playing movies on my 16:10 display, I've reverted once again to v2.2.8, hoping for the best in the next 3.0.3 update. ;-)
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Version 3.0.2
George6
09 May 2018
I must say since version 3 VLC is very buggy. A lot of small things are not working. Keystrokes get lost or mixed up, The same for Video Effects...
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Version 3.0.1
4 answer(s)
Aargl
Aargl
12 May 2018
VLC 3.0.2 fixes a lot of bugs, but I agree with you about Video Effects, cropping is behaving weirdly...
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Macinman
Macinman
14 May 2018
I'm posting here just to get some feedback on a macupdate issue. I don't seem to be receiving emails anymore from macupdate on apps I'm following being updated. Did MU quit this feature, or did they break something?
Thanks for any help.
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Aargl
Aargl
14 May 2018
Dunno... Actually, I didn't know that option existed! :-D
You'll probably want to click on the Support link, bottom right on this page. ;-)
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George6
George6
14 May 2018
well.. for me vlc3 has too many annoying bugs. i downgraded to vlc2 and will wait until they get their things together. they even didn't manage to fix the hanging if you move/delete a file from the playlist. a bug existing for years, reported multiple times.
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Aargl
08 May 2018
MU> VLC 3.0.2 has been out since 2018-04-23... http://www.videolan.org/news.html#news-2018-04-23 Says "More than 150 bugs were fixed since the 3.0.0 release"! I think I'll give it a (careful) try soon. ;-)
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Version 3.0.1
Scrivens
09 April 2018
Getting a black screen during replay of some mpg and other files, but which work as normal under 2.2.8. Have totally deleted VLC 3.0 a couple of times and reinstalled in case it is a preferences or plist problem, but has made no difference. back to 2.2.8 for the time being. I've also had numerous crashes and hangs with 3.0x, which were almost unknown for me in any of the 2.x versions, so it looks like 3.x still has a way to go.
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Version 3.0.1
1 answer(s)
Aargl
Aargl
08 May 2018
Thanks for the review! I was about to re-test v3, but it looks like it's better to keep waiting... ;-)
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George6
26 March 2018
another bug is that if you move or delete a file which is on the playlist, vlc hangs forever and you have to force quit it. i reported that multiple times, but in vain...
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Version 3.0.1
OhEssex
25 March 2018
I do like VLC, but it has a *really* annoying bug, and it's been there about a decade now. Many movies that contains a few foreign language scenes (but not all of them) do not display English subtitles during those scenes when viewed using VLC. DVDPlayer just works in that regard, and always has. The topic keeps coming up in the VLC forums and the developers (admittedly doing all of their fine work for free) haven't found the right motivation to fix it. Even very recent movies that contain such foreign language segments such as "Call Me By Your Name" simply cannot be viewed in VLC. So annoying...
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Version 3.0.1
1 answer(s)
Bruce-y
Bruce-y
25 March 2018
I will need to watch for this situation. Until reading your post, I've been 'blaming' the subtitles for not showing the foreign language scenes. I'd never thought it might be VLC. My aggravation was misdirected it seems. Thx. Looks like we need more folks to send feedback to VLC on this one.
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Rikyman
04 March 2018
The new VLC Look is a welcome one, this is the best free multi-format app I know.
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Version 3.0.0
Macinman
01 March 2018
According to VideLan's site, version 3.0.1 is out. Has anyone tried it to see if any of the initial bugs are fixed? Since I haven't had a lot of problems here, I haven't noticed any big differences.
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Version 3.0.0
2 answer(s)
Demolition
Demolition
01 March 2018
I tried 3.0.1 and it does feel slightly more stable during use, but I'm now getting constant crashes on exit. That was an issue that plagued 3.0.0 on Windows (and was fixed in 3.0.1), but has now migrated to the Mac version.

As a result, I'm still using 2.2.8.
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Macinman
Macinman
01 March 2018
I've used 3.0.1 for a while today, without crashes or other strange issues to date. I can say however, when it comes to VLC crashing for me, it was mostly in the early days of high Sierra under version 2x. One thing I have done when having a backup solution to VLC stability issues, is to have IINA (Mac specific) installed, and a few other media players. I think part of VLC's issue is they try and make it run on as much as possible without focusing on a specific platform. Seems like that works good for some things, but others it leads to a lot of different kinds of issues.

As far as Serious Media playback, I use inFuse Pro on my Apple TV's because that's where my 5.1 speakers are.
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Mcr
14 February 2018
Hmm..a flurry of 'new' users to MacUpdate, all signing up on the same day Feb 12, giving 5 star reviews of VLC 3.0 but no other posts, only VLC. Resulting as of today, a 4 star overall rating for the current 3.0 version, which has OBVIOUS and glaring bugs and issues. Hmm..just say'in.

Head over to VideoLAN and review the bug list for 3.0 so far, you read some of them, and you say 'Really?..How did that not get caught in testing?" Don't get me wrong, I'm a VLC supporter (I have donated) and advocate, but boy, this 3.0 release has been / is really sloppy.
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Version 3.0.0
4 answer(s)
nmassello-1
nmassello-1
16 February 2018
Agreed. Even allowing for its dot zero status, it's still too buggy to have been let out of beta.
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Aargl
Aargl
16 February 2018
I confess I came back to 2.2.8 too.
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legy
legy
28 February 2018
just downloaded 3.0.1 , maybe some bugs have been fixed ,
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Aargl
Aargl
23 March 2018
@legy: is everything ok with 3.0.1?
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philip-kindred
14 February 2018
Fantastic player! I have been using it for years. It works stable, supports almost all formats. 5 stars
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Version 3.0.0
robzein
14 February 2018
It is simply the best for all platforms!!!
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Version 3.0.0
mariemorton
12 February 2018
Perfect player, usually it is one of first apps I install.
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Version 3.0.0
shellyroddy758
12 February 2018
Super
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Version 3.0.0
allanowlin
12 February 2018
Great media player. Works on all the platforms! I have had this app for 5+ years already.
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Version 3.0.0
Aargl
12 February 2018
From the Changes list, there are a lot of under the hood improvements. In my regular use, I can only see one: a better support for stream subtitles customization (still has to be improved, but at least it's manageable). One great improvement I dream about would be to be able to navigate through the paused stream like what exists in EyeTV — currently, when you pause, you're only allowed to play back from where you paused or reload the stream to come back to present.
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Version 3.0.0
Stevencee
11 February 2018
If it's updated to 3.0, then why when I just ran Check for Updates, did it tell me I have the latest version (2.2.8)???
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Version 3.0.0
Dr-David
11 February 2018
Have reverted to VLC 2.2.8. Version 3 seems to have broken Universal Plug'n'Play on my local network. In 2.2.8 I can see the disc catalogue on my Panasonic DMR-BS880 (albeit taking rather longer than it should). VLC 3.0 eventually sees the BS880 but not the catalogue. If I double-click on the BS880 in the list, it sometimes accesses part of the catalogue. Maybe it is a time-out issue
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Version 3.0.0
Mcr
11 February 2018
Couple issues I ran into with Version 3.0
First, loses its file association to play MKV files, at least for me. Previously with 2.2.8, MKV files were set to open with VLC by default. After installing 3.0, that association broke, In Finder, double clicking on an MKV will not launch VLC. Right click on MKV file in Finder and select Open and Open With.. no longer show VLC as an app that can open MKV. Tried to reset file association using the two usual methods 1) In Finder, Open With then 'Other..', but in the Finder dialog window, VLC is greyed out as an app that can handle MKV, so you can't select it. 2) Tried 'Get Info' on a MKV file, select Open With, VLC gone from list of apps, then try Other... same thing, VLC is greyed out in the Finder dialog. Appears VLC is not registering itself with macOS as an app capable of handling MKV. I reported this to VideoLAN.

Second, when set to resume playing at previous time mark of a video when you last stopped viewing it, appears broke. It always jumps to the time mark saved when the video was last play in VLC 2.2.8. For example, let's saly you view a video in 2.2.8, and stop watching at the 20 min mark. If you reopen in 2.2.8 it will resume playback at 20 min mark. Open the video in VLC 3.0, jump to a different time mark in the clip, like the 40 min mark, stop. Reopen, VLC 3. 0 should resume at the 40 min time mark, but instead resumes at the 20 min time mark of when it was last opened in 2.2.8. Apparently when quiting, it is not refreshing the time mark of where you are at the video in the metadata it stores for each clip. So when you restart, it reloads the same time info from metadata that was never updated. Reported this one as well.

You know the old saying, be wary of .0 (dot zero) releases.
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Version 3.0.0
8 answer(s)
Aargl
Aargl
12 February 2018
I met the same issues, apparently because I kept VLC228 (renamed that way) around, just in case. When I deleted it, mkv videos opened again in VLC.
About the second issue, have you tried trashing the old prefs? It used to fix issues in former versions — but I know how boring it is to reenter your prefs... I haven't done it but might do.
(the issue seemed to get fixed after reselecting "always" in the prefs but it doesn't seem to fix it on every file/format...)
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Macinman
Macinman
12 February 2018
I haven't tried the resume issue, but with MKV files, I did have the association changed, but was able to change back to VLC without issues. I am using a fresh copy of 3.0, have deleted all the old preferences, caches, etc, and for the most part I've had a clean experience. With that said, I have IINA, and MacGo blu-ray player pro as alternative media players. the blu-ray player pro, is currently the only app for macos that will play a blu-ray disc in full like a hardware player, including menus and BDJ features.
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Aargl
Aargl
12 February 2018
I confirm the resume issue is still there after trashing prefs, caches (and even killall cfprefsd in Terminal, to make good measure ;-) )
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darrel-2
darrel-2
13 February 2018
I have the same issues with blank mkv icons and the failure to resume play as you, and have also noticed that taking a "snapshot" will reliably crash VLC 3.0.0 every time. Anyone else experiencing this? (And how could problems like these even get past the beta stage?)
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Mcr
Mcr
16 February 2018
Clearing prefs did not resolve the issues, and also, when I was uisng VLC 3, 2.2.8 was NOT on the system, it had been deleted, but even if it hadn't been deleted, there shouldn't have been issues keeping both, assuming the developers had handled that situation correctly. If programmed to do so, there is no problem with different versions of an app having completely independent preference files. As a developer you just have to plan ahead and build it that way. taking a snapshot crashes for me as well. Another bug I found is the ability to use scroll wheel on the mouse to forward and backup on the timeline. That's a deal breaker for me, as I use that all the time to move forward or back in very fine increments (+/- 10-15 seconds). It is impossible to get that fine granularity by having to click on the timeline, or drag the marker.
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Aargl
Aargl
16 February 2018
"assuming the developers..." Well, you're being a bit optimistic, there. ;-)
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Aargl
Aargl
08 May 2018
Looks like all the bugs I met are gone in 3.0.2...
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Aargl
Aargl
27 December 2018
Looks like 3.0.5 finally fixed everything!
I first tried in a clean user account with .avi, .mkv, .mp4 and .ts — all with subtitles (.ts with embedded ones): all is working as intended!
Turning into my main account — with prefs from v2.2.8 — I had issues with subtitles but resetting the prefs fixed everything, you just have to remember the important settings you used before and reset them (doing it with no video loaded is mandatory, otherwise they won't stick).
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StrongTequila
11 February 2018
Yes, a problem with sound. Pause and do something else on the computer, then go back to viewing is not possible. Intermittent and jumping sound, you can only restart the view.
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Version 3.0.0
3 answer(s)
Macinman
Macinman
11 February 2018
What type of movie file were you watching? I just tried to reproduce the stated problem on a 5K iMac late 2015, 32 GB RAM High Sierra 10.13.3. VLC 3.0. I used my copy of AVATAR from MKV, with h.264 video, and DTS HD audio.

What I did is paused VLC, switch to Firefox, play a few Youtube videos, switch back, and e movie picked up where I left off, with no audio or video stuttering or skipping. I did this a couple times, even put VLC into fullscreen after resuming, without any issues. Maybe the issue is related to the specific media type, or setup being used here.

I take all my discs, and have put them into Plex media server as MKVs.
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Jmsuijkerbuijk
Jmsuijkerbuijk
11 February 2018
Pause the movie, disable audio track, re-enable the audio track, un-pause and all is well.
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StrongTequila
StrongTequila
11 February 2018
mkv WEBDL 1080p, audio AC3, 384 kb/s
got this issue in 2 computers. iMac late 2013, 32 ram HighSierra and mac mini 2009, 8 ram with ElCapitan
all previous versions vlc work ok, so back to 2.2.8
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WalterJennings1300
10 February 2018
I went back to 2.8.8, had issues with the sound when pausing a movie and then restarting it. Still the best player for the Mac.
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Version 3.0.0
MichaelHaeusler
10 February 2018
This is an awesome upgrade.. Apart from all the new functionality, v3.0.0 has greatly improved playback quality. Bravo.
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Version 3.0.0
Kewl
10 February 2018
5 stars for in the new ability to decode Ambisonics audio!
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Version 3.0.0
Mac-Freak
09 February 2018
vlc 3.0.0 out now https://get.videolan.org/vlc/3.0.0/
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Version 2.2.8
1 answer(s)
Macinman
Macinman
10 February 2018
was just coming here to report that!
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Macinman
06 December 2017
To MacUpdate Staff: videolan's site is now showing 2.2.8 as the version to download. I just checked this morning, so they've updated it.
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Version 2.2.6
Macinman
02 December 2017
I installed both 2.2.7, and 2.2.8 from this site, and haven't had any strange behavior like it was tampered with. I was also curious about why the Videolan site wasn't updated, but since I haven't seen anything weird and it's fixed issues i was having with 2.2..6 under High Sierra, I just kept 2.2.8. From what I understand when I checked into the matter from other sources, VideoLan isn't planning on a major VLC release until 3.0 is ready, so all these little updates just appear to be fixes.
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Version 2.2.6
siamlotus
01 December 2017
According to this site 2.2.8 is a beta version : https://www.videohelp.com/software/VLC-media-player
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Version 2.2.6
Starman535
30 November 2017
I use vlc 2.2.7 It works great for me. I cannot find a vlc 2.2.8 anywhere - not on Sourceforge, not on Videolan's site. In fact, even VideoLan doesn't have 2.2.7, it has only 2.2.6 as its latest rev. This isn't the first app that MacUpdate said had an update, when MacUpdate installed an old version I already had. Something is fishy in all this, but I don't have a workaround.
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Version 2.2.8
6 answer(s)
Hawke5501
Hawke5501
30 November 2017
This site has been to inject malware into downloads. I always got directly to the site for my downloads. VLC has 2.2.6 as their latest update and I am sticking with this version until they update their site. When asked about the malware one of the support staffers told me "were trying something new"
Be careful how you use this site.
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Starman535
Starman535
30 November 2017
Hawke: I was wondering about that for some time. I used to get all my updates here, but now it seems apps don't update like they used to. I don't use MacUpdate Desktop anymore, because they charge too much for not much value.
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Jess-MacUpdate
Jess-MacUpdate
30 November 2017
Starman535, Hawke5501, and vendor-1, rest assured that VLC 2.2.8 does come directly from the VideoLAN site, even if I posted it before its time. You can find the information related to its changes here:

http://www.videolan.org/developers/vlc-branch/NEWS

Another of our editors updated the listing to version 2.2.7 yesterday afternoon (29 November), and I updated the listing to 2.2.8 today on the strength of its availability. As I said, however, I might have posted this too soon. In fact, both might have been posted too soon. Regardless of timing, no malware has been "injected," with downloads coming directly from the developers' site.

If you want to drop back to version 2.2.7, you can do so with the following URL:
https://mirror.wdc1.us.leaseweb.net/videolan/vlc/2.2.7/macosx/vlc-2.2.7.dmg

Version 2.2.6 can be had from the following URL:
https://mirror.wdc1.us.leaseweb.net/videolan/vlc/2.2.6/macosx/vlc-2.2.6.dmg
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zeeblebrox
zeeblebrox
30 November 2017
https://get.videolan.org/vlc/2.2.8/macosx/

You can check the videolan mirrors .. not sure why they haven't updated the website for 2.2.7 and 2.2.8 :D
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Starman535
Starman535
30 November 2017
Jess: Sorry if I don't believe you posted the latest version. It just downloaded vlc 2.2.6 again, not vlc 2.2.8
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Jess-MacUpdate
Jess-MacUpdate
01 December 2017
Starman535, I apologize for the additional confusion, but because of criticism here and through e-mails, I rolled the listing back to version 2.2.6 and back-dated it to coincide with the date on which it was listed at that level.
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vendor-1
30 November 2017
How is this version newer than what's listed on videolan.org? That seems suspect to me.
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Version 2.2.8
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Wevah
Wevah
30 November 2017
AFAICT they put new versions up on mirrors for a while before actually putting them on the main page. Not sure why.
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zeeblebrox
zeeblebrox
30 November 2017
https://get.videolan.org/vlc/2.2.8/macosx/

Their mirrors have the version, not updated anywhere else .. dunno why
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patrickmoore85
09 September 2017
VLC is always one of the first apps I install on a fresh Mac. It's a classic, must-have app for Mac users.
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Version 2.2.6
crew-jason
09 July 2017
My favorite media player for all video files!
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Version 2.2.6
Jimw
26 May 2017
As of May 26, 2017 This program has been reported by MacLife to be a security risk that exposes devices to hacking. Given the date of the latest version, I am concerned that this issue still exists the the 12-May-17 update as I could not find anything related to this particular issue on the apps website. My plan is to uninstall my current version and put this app on the watchlist, then reinstall it when a new version that addresses this issue is released.
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Version 2.2.5.1
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tfz-1
tfz-1
27 September 2017
The sad thing about that story is, that the developer does not care to even add SSL to their website. Makes you really think what the motivation behind that argument would be:
https://twitter.com/videolan/status/839898786642165760
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Albabe
12 May 2017
Newest Version no longer works in Mavericks.
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Version 2.2.5.1
1 answer(s)
Lucubration
Lucubration
24 May 2017
I agree. I thought at first it would be OK in Mavericks (VLC says it is), because it plays local videos (i.e. off my hard drive) OK. But as soon as I try to see a playlist of non-video resources... like Internet radio stations or online audio streams, anything like that... VLC 2.2.5.1 locks up hard.

I let them know, and reverted to the previous version (2.2.4). However, there's apparently a security vulnerability in 2.2.4 -- something related to subtitle files, I think. (I didn't even know there was such a thing.) For now I'll just be careful not to do anything in VLC but play local video files.
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Mcr
12 May 2017
DISREGARD the post from @jackjames9012 from April 3, 2017 below. The website he points to is a known malicious website that posts malware infected programs.
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Version 2.2.5.1
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Miner
Miner
13 May 2017
If that is true, then can the moderators please remove that post?
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Vlc is the best, I support open source projects.
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Version 2.2.4
mariabeatty111
25 January 2017
why would someone need a different player? it's free and works great
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Version 2.2.4
1 answer(s)
Dbrooks787
Dbrooks787
08 May 2017
VLC is great. I use it every day. However, my experience with playing DVDs is that it does not do the menus. To get those, I use a dedicated DVD player.
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neartheredrocks
31 December 2016
Five stars of thankfulness just for the Santa Claus on its Dock icon at this time of the year.

Amazing universal player for pretty much any type of media file there is.
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Version 2.2.4
bpelka
07 December 2016
super
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Version 2.2.4
Libertyforall1776
21 November 2016
Needs AirPlay and Google Cast support.
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Version 2.2.4
Hanssen-P
05 November 2016
One of the few media players that can playback about anything. I wish it had a good working and nice looking GUI. To be honest, its completely out of date and clunky .
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Version 2.2.4
Dellsuxx
25 October 2016
Only universal player you'll ever need. Puts all others to shame with Its advanced features and continued updates.
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Version 2.2.4
Mikael-B
09 October 2016
Latest release version stops crashes when jumping in Windows Media Video (WMV) files and RealMedia (RM).

VLC remains the most useful non-problematic media player on the OS X platform and others — I also use it in Ubuntu — and most of the problems are of a nuisance character rather than show stoppers.

Of the new and old features of late that I REALLY appreciate is

-  Plays back 1080p+ material without skipping also on older hardware
- Supports hardware acceleration
- Can play back from optical drives OS X deems as invalid
- Always connects the proper naming of subtitles to the correct language and puts it in a menu
- simple to choose alternative audio devices
- The Media library function
- Supports X265 very well
- Remembers playback position
- Plays back partial files
- Plays back DVD titles fully without issues
- Supports many odd formats
- Easy to place full screen on secondary display
- Works well on Ubuntu and Windows as well as other platforms.


I'd love if video and audio extraction could work better. I haven't tried the network stream functions yet but it's great they are there.
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Version 2.2.4
mpx
29 September 2016
Somewhat good alternative after MPlayerX died (malware, bugs, etc). But low on usability and buggy. It skips parts of sound when I change playback speed, can't play next file (episode) automatically (need to use playlist, which deletes on player close) and many more small things, making it's usage be a pain. Hope to find alternative
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Version 2.2.4
Great!
https://Verdina.NET/ - powerful dedicated hosting on enterprise hardware in BG/EU!
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Version 2.2.4
KatrinaKaif5792
17 June 2016
VlC is the best Free Mac video player I have used. Really love this app.
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Version 2.2.4
ybkr
06 June 2016
Thanks for the continuous development.
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Version 2.2.4
greenwayrod
27 May 2016
This player is irreplaceable if there is a need to play some special format files that other players just can't do. It has user-friendly interface and is similar to iTunes. Cool feature is to drag the video file into the application window and it's ready to play. VLC Media Player as well offers lots of customization options. It's preferences allow to manage hotkeys. Can't find any disadvantages so far. Good one, try and you won't regret.
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Version 2.2.3
NotUsed
05 May 2016
Great player.. however.. ever since v2.2.0 this fails to display full video properly for me. v2.2.0 will display a full size file on my 65" tv without any issues... any newer version blurs or "streaks" the bottom 3-5" of display... same file... only difference is VLC version. Tried v2.2.1, 2.2.2, and 2.2.3 and all these newer versions are not true to the video.
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Version 2.2.3
Annie-Walker
04 May 2016
★★★★★ I haven't said thank you in some time. Thank you for all the work, effort, skill and generosity that goes into each new release –– over ALL THESE YEARS‼️‼️ Your dedication and consistant commitment to the Apple Platform is nothing short of amazing‼️ And, you are soooooooo appreciated‼️ Annie
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Version 2.2.3
marleybobby
22 April 2016
This application capable to play almost all kinds of video files. It is the universal tool that handles all types of media files. User friendly interface. Drag and drop feature is great. If you wish to watch film or video file simply drag the video file into the application window. Lots of customization options for experienced users. Within preferences window you can manage interface, video, audio and hotkeys. I could set up my own shortcuts associated with different actions using hotkeys feature. Only positive emotions.
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Version 2.2.2
redtopswe
13 March 2016
NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT
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Version 2.2.2
iTruth
07 February 2016
Gorgeous. Powerful. Simple. I've used VLC Player for many years and it's always been a pleasure to use. Video playback is very clear and beautiful, this is still the best overall media player out there.
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Version 2.2.2
Stan25
07 February 2016
I am getting tired of downloads crashing in the middle of the installation process. Please fix that bs.
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Version 2.2.2
baxsur
07 February 2016
Great!
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Version 2.2.2
Steven-Sky
07 February 2016
Ultimate media player. Must have tool for every Mac OS X user.
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Version 2.2.2
anonymous-skink-4656
06 February 2016
Simply the best. No need to write much.
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Version 2.2.2
Thomas1977
10 January 2016
Best media player ! That said, it is a bit crash heavy at times. But it is free and plays everything fine. What do you expect more? :)
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Version 2.2.1
heyarnolds72
16 December 2015
Don't like the interface that looks extremely plane for Mac (my taste). But the rest is ok .
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Version 2.2.1
Penguirl
07 December 2015
I used to hate VLC strictly because of it’s UI, apparently my tastes have softened because it doesn’t bother me anymore. I wouldn’t say it’s the easiest to use media player but if you like to futz with your files during playback this is the one for you.
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Version 2.2.1
t-r-h
06 December 2015
In der Abteilung Requirements steht OS X 10.6 or later aber mit 10.6.8 läßt sich das Paket nicht installieren, der MacPro meckert "erst ab 10.7". Ich mußte somit auf die ältere Version für 10.5 ausweichen.
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Version 2.2.1
uce-hole
22 November 2015
Must have for Handbrake use. Great for playing just about anything. Free. Thank you dev!
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Version 2.2.1
VanessaMadoe
18 October 2015
I just wish it was updated more often
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Version 2.2.1
Turquoise
29 September 2015
Best player for the mac, though somehow unstable.
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Version 2.2.1
Tandfg
08 September 2015
Good, even excellent media player. Highly recommended.
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Version 2.2.1
Bart-Pans
06 September 2015
Default media player for sure. Highly recommended.
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Version 2.2.1
MahoneyJohny
06 September 2015
Can't say how much I appreciated. VLC is the best media player. really it is nice to have the best media player only in one application. The best in the Galaxy!!!
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Version 2.2.1
1 answer(s)
Mcr
Mcr
07 February 2016
It would be the same even if Steve was here. You presume Steve was sympathetic to user feedback. Only if it happened to agree with his own personal vision, otherwise if it didn't agree then 1) those users have to b e told what they want, and 2) it didn't matter anyway because he was going to do what he wanted. One of Steve's favorite quotes inside Apple was "Users don't know what they want until you tell them."

If you work in tech long enough, you learn customer feedback is a two edge sword; for every customer who swears feature X is critical and needs to be a part of Os X, you can find two more who swear adding it would contribute to making OS X bloated and put third party apps out of business. For the most part, users are selfish and don' see the big picture. If it's a feature they want, a user will complain why it isn't in the OS, if it's a feature they don't use or care about, and it gets added to the OS, then they complain about why the OS is so bloated and slow, because Apple adds stuff YOU don't care about (but someone else does). It's a no win if you get too hung up on customer 'feedback' too much; the best approach has always been to build a good solid foundation for your OS, provide a rich environment and tools, and let the after market fill in the rest. iOS is a great example.

A health operating system requires a healthy developer community and third party apps. There are literally tens of thousands of Mac apps; you could probably find a group of users to swear that at least several hundred of those apps have features or functions that "should be a part of OS X, if only Apple would just listen". If Apple builds into OS X every feature some user feels should be a part of the OS (often because they don't want to spend $$ on a third party app), then that would put a whole lot of developers and companies out of business, and stifle third party development and innovation. And the very same customer base that at first was complaining Apple was too stupid to incorporate x and y, would then be shouting that Apple was being monopolistic, the 800 lb gorilla, forcing the small guys out of business and stiffling competition and innovation. Back in the day Apple included a backup program in OS X called naturally "Back up"; at the time there weren't many good third party options for backup, even BASIC backkup functions.

Naturally, people that didn't want to spend money to buy a third party backup solution with more features, complained about why Apple couldn't build a better Backup. At the same, you started seeing programs like ChronoSync and Carbon copy Cloner come out and get better and improve, and now there are many options and price points to pick from, and viola, Apple stops including Backup and redirects those internal resources to do other, more useful work.

If I am a Mac developer, and thought Apple will simply steal and incorporate every great app idea and function, my incentive to build anything great is greatly diminished. One of the great beauties of Mac OS X has always been that it is a great foundation for other people to come in and build fantastic third party apps.

SAdly, the history of media players for OS X has been pretty dismal. I believe in the free market, and if someone out there thought they could make a business developing and selling a media player, it would have been done by now. People say all the time that they would "pay for an app that did xyz", but in reality, I see that for most people, if there is a free option available, like VLC or Quicktime for example that is 'good enough', even if there were an outstanding media player app available TODAY, but was say $20 or higher, I honestly don't think enough people would buy it to make the company successful, and that is why, IMO, we HAVEN'T seen a killer media app hit the market yet.
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Green-Kenny
14 August 2015
VLC is pretty damn good. Why won't Apple create something like that?
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Version 2.2.1
3 answer(s)
Maylbu
Maylbu
02 September 2015
I agree, Yes why Apple? why can't you make Quicktime as good as this?
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anonymous-tapir-4715
anonymous-tapir-4715
23 September 2015
Why Apple can't pay attention to the details, or to customer feedback, is one of the great mysteries - is it because Steve is gone? I think so.
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lemonb3519
lemonb3519
09 February 2016
Should Apple make every application and kill off software development ? Your question is foolish and I am willing to bet you'd be one of the first to complain if the only apps available were produced by computer makers. SMH at some of the stuff I see on this site.
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JohnF1664
31 July 2015
With new updates it often becomes unreliable
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Version 2.2.1
Foosterizer
31 July 2015
just keeps being awesome
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Version 2.2.1
Mikael-B
29 June 2015
While there are few bugs, but very minor for me, and considering what VLC does it's unthinkable to use any machine without it. I love VLC because it:

- Plays back 1080p on quite old hardware (2009) without dropped frames
- has Stellar audio sync usually (except on some RM-videos
- has Great subtitle support
- Plays back DVDs and VIDEO_TS folders properly (hush)
- Remembers playback position, which is great for stuff like tutorials
- is Very stable
- is Controllable from iPhone (releases at least)
- plays back audio formats iTunes doesn't understand

Impossible to be without. Thank you team!
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Version 2.2.1
Gary30
14 May 2015
I have used VLC for many years and can't believe I have never posted a review. Recently I got tired of Quicktime's monstrous "heads up" on screen controller and decided to modify all of my file preferences to use VLC whenever I could. I have not looked back. Unlike the wimpy controls on the Quicktime Player, VLC offers brightness, contrast, gamma etc. controls and you don't need to obscure screen content when you want to control playback. Although VLC's emphasis isn't on state of the art GUI gorgeousness, it's the content that matters and VLC just make Quicktime look like the toy it is. As a bonus, their iOS app allows playback of file formats such as MKV and AVI on iDevices. Brilliant all the way around!
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Version 2.2.1
CDavid
13 May 2015
Why do I like VLC player? It has a clean design and is compatible with nearly all the existing audio and video formats. This is probably the only third-party player for OS X that has never freezed or lagged on my Mac. Pros: - User-friendly - Really stable - Supports all possible formats - There're versions for PCs, Android and iOS devices Cons: - Sometimes streaming doesn't work (although this may be my fault) Bottom line: I like this player very much and recommend it to anyone who needs a reliable and intuitive application.
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Version 2.2.1
DigiMonk
19 April 2015
This is a very good update. MKV plays a lot better (also less CPU-Usage). Thanks and Congrats to the team.
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Version 2.2.1
1 answer(s)
DigiMonk
DigiMonk
20 April 2015
I forgot to mention this: VLC can now continue playback (Ask, Always, Never) and it can also pause/play external music players (iTunes/Spotify) when you start/stop a movie. See VLC's Preferences.
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Bento de Espinosa
18 April 2015
Wonderful! It has improved a lot in recent years! What is not so good is it shows subtitles on the film, not under it (like Movist). There is an option to change that, but it doesn't work. Also, clicking on the video control (to jump to a certain point) is strange. Mouse pointer keeps disappearing. It's difficult to be precise.
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Version 2.2.1
1 answer(s)
Bento de Espinosa
Bento de Espinosa
30 April 2015
Another big problem: on Mavericks, if you set the player to always open videos in fullscreen, the main window still opens, is totally white and the movie is played in fullscreen, but behind that white window!
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Wts
17 April 2015
The update engine does not work. I have version 2.1.5 running in OS Mavericks and any time i check for an update it says it is up to date. Now for greater certainty i know how to manually update but i am waiting to see how long VLC will take to get its update engine up to date. The version i have is good enough for my purposes.
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Version 2.2.1
1 answer(s)
Macinman
Macinman
18 April 2015
In my experience the auto update takes time to register . I have VLC for windows installed in a VM and it picked up the update last night. With the Mac version, I usually just manually update. Next update I'll give it a few hours to see if it picks it up automatically.
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