Tired of the slow load times of Media Player, QuickTime, and other “standard solutions” where you seem to have to spend more time waiting for the utility to load than (at least it seems) actually watching the video? Tired of needing multiple players for different video codecs? Wish you had one player that could do it all quickly (or at least a vast majority… I’m sure there is something it can’t handle, and I guess there is a person or two that still uses the RealAudio format… though I have no idea why).
The VideoLan VLC Media Player is what you just may have been wishing for all this time. It is still technically a beta weighing in with version number 0.8.6 (as of today anyway), it is cross platform (for those that care about such things), it is skinable so you can make it look any way you like, and best of all it is free (though they do accept Contributions to help fund the project). Also the entire downloads weights in at a svelt 9MB (for the Windows version).
There is no reason to be shackled to a lesser player any longer.
(Note:Â Sorry about TechParent Tuesday appearing on Wednesday, apparently I sometimes can’t tell the difference between Save and Publish… opps.)