VLC Media Player 1.0 Released

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 7, 2009
Updated • Feb 14, 2012
Software, Windows, Windows software

The VideoLan team today announced the release of version 1.0.0 of their popular media player VLC Media Player. The major release introduces many few features, formats and codecs to VLC and fixes a high number of bugs that were present in previous versions of the media player.

The changelog lists all of the changes and additions that the developers have packed into the new release of the VLC Player including live recording, finer speed controls, new HD codecs (AES3, Dolby Digital Plus, Real video 3.0 and 4.0), formats, video scaling in full screen or zipped file playback. VLC Media Player can still play most video and audio formats out of the box without needing third party codec installations to do so.

VLC Player is still cross platform which means that the new release is available for all supported operating systems including Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OSX and Linux. Users can download the new release directly from the developer's website.

A viable alternative is SMPlayer which uses less resources than VLC Player while providing most of the benefits.

Update: The most recent release version of VLC Media Player is 1.1.11 for all supported platforms. This version introduced several new features, including 7.1 channel support for MKV HD, gpu decoding, support for the WebM video format and overall speed increases that should improve media playback performance on a lot of systems. New codes were introduced in the new version, and audio CD playback was improved by including CCDB access on Windows systems.

The developers have released a first release candidate for the upcoming VLC 2.0 release that is introducing new features to the client to get excited about. This includes experimental playback support for Blu-Ray media, a 64-bit version for the windows operating system, as well as ports for the mobile platforms Android and iOS.


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  1. krishna said on July 9, 2009 at 6:49 am

    Will the new version play .rm format audio and video and stream .rm files online?

  2. xdmv said on July 8, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Thanks for your quick answer.
    Is there any chance that you open a new post asking for DVD players for notebooks/desktops to readers?
    I’ll appreciate that.
    Couldn’t find this info well explained on the Internet.
    Thanks again.

  3. xdmv said on July 8, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Martin, in your opinion, could you make a list of free and non-free DVD players software?
    I mean, WinDVD, PowerDVD, VLC, Windows Media, and so on…
    I’m still confused wich one is/are the most recommended.
    Any reader is invited too.

    1. Martin said on July 8, 2009 at 2:09 pm

      I’m not viewing DVD on my computer but on my modded Xbox or Xbox 360 instead. I have used the commercial DVD players briefly in the past and while they offer great features they have the disadvantage that they do cost money and that they are usually rather high on system resources. Would be interesting to find a great free DVD player. Any suggestions?

  4. Taco said on July 8, 2009 at 1:55 am

    Any program that doesn’t work with DirectShow VFW is not worth mentioning.
    See – http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?s=5f0865966b6719c4fe2aaa0757373b54&t=719041
    for a how to set it up. You’ll never look back :)

    VLC is great for people who just want something that works will all formats. In the end it’s very limited

  5. Martin said on July 7, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Well there are actually quite a few media players that are all very good and do not require codecs. Probably comes down to personal preference, computer hardware or one of the few features that the other players do not provide.

  6. Simakuutio said on July 7, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Why no one ever notices Kmplayer (http://www.kmplayer.com/forums/) which have been and is still one of the most powerfull players available. And it’s also free. And have all the codecs included.

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