Media Player that can Play all Music and Video Files

Chris | Live Tech Support | Video Help | Add to iTunes – A question came in during our Round Table, asking what player can be used on your computer to play any type of media file format. The answer was unanimous… VLC.

Four of my friends joined me for this discussion: Kat, SC_Thor, Wirelesspacket, and last but certainly not least… Datalore.

Video Lan VLC player is a cross-platform media player and streaming server. 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.

VLC, as I already mention, is cross platform: you can use it on Windows, OS X, and even Linux! It’s completely open source, and the source code is easy to get to on their website if you care to try and make it work on an unsupported Operating System.

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8 thoughts on “Media Player that can Play all Music and Video Files”

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  2. I’m going to try this when I get off work. I’ve been looking for a program to stream all of my movies (.avi’s, .mpg4, etc.) along with my iTunes music (ripped from my cd’s not downloaded) in AAC format to my PS3. So far nothing has worked.

    I’ve tried Nero Media Home, Twonkyvision, TVersity, among others. None have been able to do it all. And while some claim to be able to support iTunes formatted music files none have been able to do so. Even though I can see them in my PS3 as ‘AAC’. When I try to play them… it pauses a few seconds before telling me it’s unsupported data.

    Hope this works. Thanks Chris.

  3. your headline,” Media Player that can Play all Music and Video Files”, is not quite accurate. VLC will not play Real media files. if you ever find a player that will play everything including Real, then please publish the info – i’ve been looking for something that will do that (currently, winamp, with a bunch of plugins comes closest).

  4. You might also try ALShow. It’s like VLC in that it has codecs built in but if by chance it encounters a file it can’t play it takes you to an interface where you can access codec downloads.

  5. Hey Chris,

    I’d love if you could do a bit of a follow-up on this topic for me!

    I recently ditched my cable TV for my DVD collection and for the awesome content (including your show) on Miro. I’ve ripped many TV show series from DVD to AVI for quick access. I was wondering whether you were aware of any media manager software that could keep track of the last time I viewed a file. This would help me in my quest to watch all the Simpsons episodes sequentially (not in one sitting, mind you).

    I use WinXP SP2 and would prefer a freeware or FOSS solution.

    Instead of a media manager I suppose I could just use Windows Explorer since NTFS logs the last access time of files. However, I don’t know how to show the “Date Accessed” column on many hierarchical subdirectories automatically and I add new directories every time I rip a DVD. Do you know how I can apply folder view options to a subset of directories without forcing the view on all folders?

    Thanks! Sorry for the long-winded question!

  6. hi ,
    i can suggest you a player that can play almost any type of video format including real and flash .This player is the KMplayer .I am currently using this player & till now i have only found two video format not supported by it ,rest of videos were supported by it.Hope you will also loveit..

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