Tutorial VLC Media Player for iPhone, iPad, PC, Mac, Android




I'm pretty sure you've all heard about this popular cross-platform video player. VLC media player is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player that plays most multimedia files as well as discs, devices, and network streaming protocols.

The development team has published their Android version of the application in the Play Store quite a while ago and till today, it is still in beta so that means that we shouldn't expect very good results in the features.

Although being in BETA stage, I personally don't have any complaints for the app so far as it has all of the up-to-date features included that any top video player for Android nowadays has.

The UI of the app feels very comfortable and simple looking. It consits of a dark gray background and colored in orange tabs.

Like most video players nowadays, the VLC media player supports most known video formats such as AVI, WMV, MKV, etc, aswell as the screen gestures such as swiping up/down the left side on the screen to increase/decrease the brightness, swiping up/down on the right side to increase/decrease the sound volume, and obviously swiping left/right to move forward or go back. It also supports watching streaming networks, as long as you have the MRL, you are free to type it in to begin watching.

There are not much settings for now available in it's Preferances menu, but more are possible to come once the final version is out. One thing that calmed me down was the subtitles encoding settings, as my subtitles were in Cyrillic letters, the player at first was unable to read them when it was set to UTF-8. In there you will find all sorts of text encoding options depending on which language your subtitles are on.

So when you hear BETA, you may think that the app sucks and is full of bugs, but surprisingly, this media player in my opinion can be used for daily use at the stage it is now, and hopefully we will see even more features integrated into it once the final product is released.

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VLC Media Player is free and you can download it at any time in the Google Play Store.
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