VideoLAN is a project that is engaged in the development of software for playing video and other media formats across a local area network that is LAN. It originally developed two programs just for media streaming, VideoLAN Client (VLC) and VideoLAN Server (VLS), but most of the features of VLS has been integrated into VCL with the synthesis named as VLC media player.

As a student endeavor at Ecole Centrale Paris (in France), the project started taking the shape but after the release of the software under the free software/open source GNU General Public License. With the time passing by this project is now a multinational with the development team spanning 20 nations.

VLC media player is a potable multimedia player, encoder as well as a streamer supporting a huge number of audio and video codecs and file formats and also DVD’s , VCDs and various streaming protocols. It is also able to stream overnetworks and to transcode multimedia files and saves them into various formats. It is one of the most independent platforms players that are available with versions for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, BeOS, Syllable, BSD, MorphOS, Solaris and Sharp Zaurus. It is widely used with over 300 million downloads as of Nov 2009.

VLC media player is a free and an open source media player and multimedia framework written by the VideoLAN project.

The default distribution of VLC included a large number of free decoding and encoding libraries and even on the Windows platform. It avoided the need for finding or calibrating proprietary plug-ins. Most of the VLC’s codecs are provided by the libavcodec library from the FFmpeg project, but it uses mainly its ownmuxer and demuxers. It mainly gained its distinction as the first player to support playback of encrypted DVDs on Linux by using the libdvdcss DVD decryption library.

With time passing by, many new versions were launched with all the new software and latest technologies to let it integrate with a variety of other programs. Just like another development Version 1.0.0 of VLC media player was released on 7th July 2009, culminating 13 years of development.

VLC has recently launched the latest version of media players for Windows 7. VideoLAN and VLC development team has come up with the latest version of media player as VLC VLC is a forth bug fix release of VLC 1.1.x brach.

This latest version named as VCL1.1x brach has rectified all the improvements and also the bug fixes that everyone for longing for. It is supposed to pay all the multimedia files including Audio CD, VDC, DVD and various protocols related to streaming videos. Apart from it, the latest version of VLC player is capable of converting media files and transcodes.

The all new VLC player does not require any external codec, codec pack or any program code to work efficiently.