Videolan 0.8.6h

VideoLAN is an excellent multimedia player with it's own plugins for playing different formats, so it doesn't need any codecs to be installed. It works great for previewing partially downloaded files too. It can also be used as a server to stream on a (wired or wireless) high-bandwidth IP (Internet Protocol) version 4 or 6 network in multicast or unicast. VLC (VideoLAN Client) is cross-platform and supports Windows, Mac OS X, BeOS, Solaris, Crux Linux, Debian GNU (GNU's Not Unix) Linux, Familiar Linux, Fedora Core Linux, Gentoo Linux, Mandrake Linux, Red Hat Linux, Slackware Linux, Novell's SuSE (System und Software Entwicklung = System and software development) Linux, Turbo Linux, NetBSD (Berkeley Software Distribution), OpenBSD, FreeBSD, QNX, Zaurus and Windows CE (Windows Mobile) for Pocket PC. The installer includes the eMule partfile plugin, which lets you preview eMule partfiles more efficiently.

What's New in VideoLAN 0.8.6h:
We are pleased to announce the release of VLC media player 0.8.6h.
This is a bugfix release. VLC media player 0.8.6g (a source code release) and earlier versions suffer from security vulnerabilities in the GnuTLS, libgcrypt and libxml2 libraries.
VLC media player 0.8.6f and earlier versions suffer from security vulnerabilities in the Mozilla and ActiveX plugins, in the libpng, libid3tag, libvorbis libraries and in the Speex codec.
Technical details are available in our security advisories. This update also includes reliability improvements in multiple modules. More information can be found in the release notes for 0.8.6g and 0.8.6h.

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I still like to use VLC since it starts up faster than WMP, but the UI is an atrocity. Kantaris attempts to solve that problem, but if you're using any DPI other than the default 96, it falls apart.

I finally gave up on VLC 2 weeks ago... Lots of things just didn't work that well, that I used every day. The interface is boring, it isn't able to seek in FLVs, and it just wasn't the right thing for me. Somebody here recommended me KMplayer, and I have never looked back, sleek interface, better options, more customizable.... its just the best out there, i recommend checking it out.

i duon't know why but videoplayback with vlc has never been crappier before regarding sound. i have z5500s and the sound is all messed up...

Agreed. I tested this new version for DTS/SPDIF out/passthrough...choppy as hell on the same system that WMP11 can play the same HD content with DTS butter smooth.

damn it, whats going on

when news of 0.8.6g was posted in the forum i found 0.8.6h was there on ftp too, so i downloaded that instead. now with its official release i re-downloaded it just in case something changed (the installer is indeed different). although the application itself tells me it's 0.8.6h, vlc.exe's file details tells me it's 0.8.6g, and secunia psi alerts me to the same thing...

(theblazingangel said @ #4)
damn it, whats going on

when news of 0.8.6g was posted in the forum i found 0.8.6h was there on ftp too, so i downloaded that instead. now with its official release i re-downloaded it just in case something changed (the installer is indeed different). although the application itself tells me it's 0.8.6h, vlc.exe's file details tells me it's 0.8.6g, and secunia psi alerts me to the same thing...

that's called a beta and it's why you never download stuff before it's officially released. well, if you actually want the final product anyways


personally i use MPC + FFDshow + CoreAVC but as for it "sucking" or stopped being good, how so? the UI is crappy yea but it's far from a "buggy POS". it plays pretty much anything you throw at it and that's that. it's not supposed to look pretty or give you a ton of tweaking options; it's just supposed to play.

and it does that magnificently

there was no mention of 'beta' anywhere! I took it from the '0.8.6h' dir here: http://download.videolan.org/pub/videolan/vlc/. there was no mention of 'beta' in the dir, nor in the file name, nor in the about page.

i normally wouldn't go for s/w before it officially announced, however vlc always take a while to update their website, and at the time i thought i read the change log said 'changes in 0.8.6g and 0.8.6h', although now it says '...between...'

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anyway, the issue i posted about is with the current final release just obtained from the vlc website!

(theblazingangel said @ #4.2)
there was no mention of 'beta' anywhere! I took it from the '0.8.6h' dir here: http://download.videolan.org/pub/videolan/vlc/. there was no mention of 'beta' in the dir, nor in the file name, nor in the about page.

i normally wouldn't go for s/w before it officially announced, however vlc always take a while to update their website, and at the time i thought i read the change log said 'changes in 0.8.6g and 0.8.6h', although now it says '...between...'

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anyway, the issue i posted about is with the current final release just obtained from the vlc website!

Typically, when the version number of software is below 1.0, it's considered, at best, beta.

(39 Thieves said @ #4.3)
Typically, when the version number of software is below 1.0, it's considered, at best, beta.

typically, yes, good point, but i don't think that's true in this case, you can find links on their site to 'the latest stable release'. but anyway, this is all beside the point.

i posted a message in the vlc forum and according to them vlc.exe should be v0.8.6g not 0.8.6h, and it's secunia psi thats misidentifying an out of date, vulnerable build, when it's apparently not!

(GreyWolfSC said @ #1)
This stopped being good a few years ago. I use Media Player Classic now when I'm not using WMP.

What is the latest version of MPC?

Last I have seen was 6.4.9.0 I believe, and the sourceforge page hasn't been updated in a long time.

If you're talking VLC for Win32, then yes, it's a buggy POS. I think that's why they're focusing on bugfix releases. However, VLC for *nix and OS X (which is technically also *nix) is rock-solid and I even use it over mplayer most days.

(CelticWhisper said @ #1.2)
If you're talking VLC for Win32, then yes, it's a buggy POS. I think that's why they're focusing on bugfix releases. However, VLC for *nix and OS X (which is technically also *nix) is rock-solid and I even use it over mplayer most days.

VLC on OS X sucks.

(King Mustard said @ #1.5)
Agreed. Using KMPlayer here, very happy with it.

Same here, it's the best Media Player around.....

(virtorio said @ #1.4)

Works good for me.

Same here. I've never had any problems at all with it. Granted I'd probably use Mplayer but I've been too busy as of late to install Fink or DarwinPorts and get it running.

My only complaint about VLC, which isn't limited to the OS X version, is that it's SMP support is lacking hence my G5 Quad's limited ability to play 1080p video despite having waaaay more than enough CPU power to do so.

(Somnus said @ #1.1)

What is the latest version of MPC?

Last I have seen was 6.4.9.0 I believe, and the sourceforge page hasn't been updated in a long time.

The guy who created it stopped working on it, try "Home Cinema Edition", another guy took it and continued the work..