VLC Player

The VideoLAN project created the free and open-source VLC media player, a portable, cross-platform media player and streaming media server. It was formerly known as the VideoLAN Client. Both desktop and mobile operating systems, including Android, iOS, and iPadOS, support VLC. Digital distribution channels including Google Play, Microsoft Store, and Apple’s App Store also offer VLC.

DVD-Video, Video CD, and streaming protocols are only a few of the audio and video compression techniques and file types that VLC supports. It can convert multimedia files and transmit media via computer networks.

VLC comes with a variety of free encoding and decoding libraries by default, eliminating the need to locate and configure proprietary plugins. Many of the codecs used by VLC are available in the libavcodec package from the FFmpeg project, although the player mostly employs its own muxers and demuxers. It also uses its own implementations of protocols. The libdvdcss DVD decryption library was used, which gave it the distinction of being the first player to support playing encrypted DVDs on Linux and macOS. However, because of this library’s legal controversies, it is not frequently found in the software repositories of Linux distributions. It is accessible on iOS under the MPLv2 license.

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