Jun 232008

VLC media player is a free opensource cross-Platform media player and streaming server for Linux,UNIX,Windows, MacOS and many other *NIX versions. VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, …) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.

Features include,

Input Media

UDP/RTP Unicast, UDP/RTP Multicast, HTTP / FTP, MMS, TCP/RTP Unicast, DCCP/RTP Unicast, File, DVD, VCD, SVCD, Audio CD (without DTS), DVB (Satellite,
Digital TV, Cable TV), MPEG encoder, Video acquisition

Input Format

MPEG (ES,PS,TS,PVA,MP3), ID3 tags, AVI,ASF / WMV / WMA, MP4 / MOV / 3GP, OGG / OGM / Annodex, Matroska (MKV), Real, WAV (incuding DTS), Raw Audio: DTS, AAC, AC3/A52, Raw DV, FLAC, FLV (Flash), Standard MIDI, Creative™ Voice

Video Decoders

MPEG-1/2, DIVX (1/2/3), MPEG-4, DivX, XviD, 3ivX D4, H.264, Sorenson 1/3 (Quicktime), DV, Cinepak, Theora (alpha 3), H.263 / H.263i, MJPEG (A/B), WMV 1/2
WMV 3 / WMV-9 / VC-1, Indeo Video v3 (IV32) (No PPC Support)

Video Subtitles

DVD, SVCD / CVD, DVB, OGM, Matroska, Text files (MicroDVD,SubRIP, SubViewer, SSA1-5, SAMI, VPlayer), Vobsub

Video Filters
Deinterlace, Cropping, Image wall, Image adjust, Rotate/Mirror, Logo overlay, Magnification, Image distortion, Bluescreen, RSS/Atom feeds

Video output Formats

Native, X11, XVideo, SDL, FrameBuffer, ASCII Art

Audio Decoders

MPEG Layer 1/2, MP3, AC3 – A/52, DTS, LPCM, AAC, Vorbis, WMA 1/2, Alaw/µlaw, MIDI, WMA, ADPCM, DV Audio, FLAC, QDM2/QDMC (QuickTime), MACE, Real Audio 10, Speex

Audio Filters

Visualization effects, Equalizer

Audio Outputs

Native, S/PDIF, Multi-channel (OSS ALSA), SDL, ESD, aRts, JACK


WxWidgets, Qt, Skins, Web, Telnet, Command line, Infrared


SAP/SDP announces, Bonjour protocol, Mozilla/Firefox plugin, SVCD Menus, Localization, CD-Text, CDDB CD info, IGMPv3, IPv6, MLDv2, CPU acceleration

To install add the VLC repositories as follows:

openSUSE 11.0

linux-4518:/media # zypper ar http://download.videolan.org/pub/videolan/vlc/SuSE/11.0/ “VLC Repository”
Adding repository ‘VLC Repository’ [done]
Repository ‘VLC Repository’ successfully added
Enabled: Yes
Autorefresh: No
URI: http://download.videolan.org/pub/videolan/vlc/SuSE/11.0/

openSUSE 10.3

linux-4518:/media # zypper ar http://download.videolan.org/pub/videolan/vlc/SuSE/10.3/ “VLC Repository”

Install vlc

linux-4518:/media # yast2 –install vlc

openSUSE 11.0 & 10.3 1-click install

Alternatively, vlc provide 1-click install files. Simply, download the 1-click installvlc.ymp file and open it with “YAST Meta Package Installer” to complete the installation.

1-click Install for openSUSE 11.0


1-click Install for openSUSE 10.3


This should install vlc Media player on your PC.