Overview of the VideoLAN project
VideoLAN is a complete software solution for video streaming and playback, developed by students of the Ecole Centrale Paris and developers from all over the world, under the GNU General Public License (GPL).
VideoLAN was originally designed to stream MPEG videos on high-bandwidth networks, but VideoLAN's main software, VLC media player, has evolved to become a full-featured, cross-platform media player.
More details about the project can be found on the VideoLAN Web site.
VLC Media Player
Originally called VideoLAN Client, VLC media player is VideoLAN's main software product.
VLC works on many platforms: Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, BeOS, BSD, Solaris, Android, iOS, QNX and many more... It supports the following video and audio formats: MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4/DivX, h264, webm, mkv, DVDs, VCDs, Audio CDs, wmv and wma.
It can also play from external sources:
- Digital TV cards (DVB-S, DVB-T).
- Several types of network streams: UDP/RTP Unicast, UDP/RTP Multicast, HTTP, RTSP, MMS, etc.
- Acquisition or encoding cards.
- Webcams and other devices.
VLC can also be used as a streaming server. This feature is described in the Streaming HowTo.
This guide describes all the playback (client) aspects of VLC media player.
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