VLC 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 (initially VideoLAN Client) is Open Source software which comes with a useful set of features that go beyond other popular media players. For example an extended GUI option that lets you quickly change visual playback parameters of a movie such as Hue, Contrast, Brightness, Saturation and Gamma.
The easy assignment of "Hot Keys" to control transport and playback functions via the computer keyboard is another example of many practical design features. If you’re having problems with CODECs this is a good piece of software to start with.
It has the ability to use the S/PDIF audio output when your hardware supports it as well as the audio being played. There’s a smart graphic equalizer and the option to normalize audio levels. I recommend taking a good look around the VLC software and documentation to fully undertand its capabilities.
Video Content Resources
- Blogsnow recent blog links to movie clips.
- Blogdigger Media Search audio, video, images, bitTorrent, text.
- Blogtelevision videos from the blogosphere.
- Boogieplay video search engine.
- Demandmedia collaborative video blog.
- Feedster.tv rich media feeds.
- Internet Archive moving image collection.
- Mefeedia videoblogging tool for finding, watching and sharing clips.
- Open Video Project repository of digitized video content.
- Ourmedia.org grassroots media portal.
- Rocketboom daily vlog with Amanda Congdon.
- Torrentocracy combining RSS, BitTorrent, your television and your remote control.
- UBUWEB collection of artistic and culturally significant films.
- Videoblogging.info all about videos within blogs, tools and recent video posts.
- Webjay TV eclectic mix of video sources in Windows Media and Real Player formats.
- Yahoo! Video Search