The Folks behind the most popular open source media player called VideoLAN or VLC for short has just released version 2.0.5 which fixes many bugs and some regressions of the 2.0.x branch of VLC. This update also introduces many important fixes to MKV, SWF, AIFF, RTSP, subtitles and encoding. To view a complete changelog about this release, please click here.

For those who don’t know about VLC, it is one of the most popular open source media players that support Windows, including Windows 8, Mac and Linux systems. In fact it might be the most popular video player in Windows 8, since Windows 8 doesn’t come with any Video Player.

Other enhancements introduced in this release are the rework and fixes of the Mac OS X interface, Pulseaudio initial synchronization translations updates DVB-S delivery system detection and fixes audio and video tracks selection through libVLC.

Here are some of the media formats VLC supports:

  • Multi-threaded decoding for H.264, MPEG-4/Xvid and WebM
  • Supports 10bits codecs, WMV and others
  • DVD, Video CD, VCD, SVCD, DVB DCCP/RTP Unicast
  • H.261, H.263 / H263i, H.264, Theora, Cinepak, Dirac
  • Vorbis, ALAC, Speex, Musepack / MPC, ATRAC 3, Wavepack

Import formats:

  • MPEG (ES, PS, TS, PVA, MP3
  • MP4, MOV, 3GP, OGG, OGM< Annodex
  • Raw Audio (DTS, AAC, AC3/A52
  • FLAC, FLV, MXF, Real Audio


To install it in Windows system including Windows 8, go to the main website and download it from there. Here’s the site. Mac OS users can do the same.

In Linux systems, specifically Ubuntu, please read my previous post on this.