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Containers are Files that can contain audio and/or video. The audio and video is encoded (compressed) using codecs, and then stored in a container. Codecs can normally be used in a variety of different containers.

You can usually tell what container format is used for a file by looking at the file's extension. For example, if a file has a .mp4 extension, it is likely to contain MPEG-4 video.

See also Category:Container.

Below are listed the formats you can play with vlc (if I've missed any, feel free to add it :-)

File Extension Contains
.aac AAC
.aiff AIFF
.asf ASF
.au AU
.avi AVI
.dts DTS
.dump Demuxdump
.nsf, .nsfe, .gbs, .vgm, .vgz, .spc, .gym gme
.mkv, .mka, .mks Matroska
.mpg, .mpeg MPEG-TS or MPEG-PS
.mov MOV
.flv flash Video
.m4a, .m4b, .m4p MPEG-4 Audio
.mp4 MPEG-4
.nsv NSV
.ogm OGM
.ogg Ogg
.pva PVA
.rm, .ram, .ra RealMedia
SDP (streaming only)
.wav WAV
.wmv Windows Media Video