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VLC Media player (initially VideoLAN Client) 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.

Playing back .MP4 H.264 encoded movies:


Supported File Formats:


OS Compatibility:

Windows 95/Windows 98/Windows Me/Windows 2000/Windows XP/Linux/Unix/Mac OS/Other/Windows 7

Related Articles & Tutorials:

Read Article: H.264 Playback Guide   H.264 Playback Guide   Essential Reading  

Description: A guide on how to play back H.264 files (MP4 + AAC), including a look at software including ffdshow, CoreAVC, Nero ShowTime

Revision History:

Version 3.0.0
  • Release Date: Feb 9, 2018
  • Download(s):
  • Changes between 2.2.8 and 3.0.0:

    Platform support changes:
     * 3.0.x will be maintained as a LTS (best-effort basis, mostly for security)
       that will be the last working version for quite a few systems.

       Indeed the 3.0.x branch will contain the last releases running on:
         - Windows XP, Vista, and the servers equivalent of those Windows versions
         - macOS 10.7, 10.8 & 10.9, iOS 7 & 8
         - Android 2.x, 3.x, 4.0.x & 4.1.x
         - Compilers before gcc 5.0 and clang 3.4, or equivalent

     * For the 3.0 branch, please note:
       * The Windows XP/2003/2003R2 support for VLC is now on a best-effort basis:
         it should work, but not without limitations.
         libVLC support for Windows XP is deprecated.
         You _really_ should upgrade to a more modern Windows version!
       * Windows Vista (all versions) without Platform Upgrade is not supported.
       * 64bit version of VLC for Windows is recommended.
       * Linux support requires now a kernel newer than 2.6.26.
       * Mac OS X 10.6 support is now removed. You need OS X 10.7.

     * Support network browsing for distant filesystems (SMB, FTP, SFTP, NFS...)
       and rewrite the parsing of the media files and inputs
     * Support keystores: fetch and store passwords securely (sic!) for common
       protocols (HTTP, SMB, SFTP, FTP, RTSP ...)
     * Autodetect external audio tracks (ac3, m4a, aac, dts...) similar to subtitles
     * Support HDMI passthrough for Audio HD codecs, like E-AC3, TrueHD or DTS-HD
     * Support for 12bits codec and extended colorspaces (HDR)
     * Support output renderers, like ChromeCast
     * VLC now assumes vlcrc config file is in UTF-8
     * Support portable version of Windows build (create a "portable/" folder)
     * Support wayland surface type
     * Allow to start the video paused on the first frame
     * Refactor preparsing input
     * EPG rework: table and single event updates, now using network time
     * Refactor and fix subtitles es selection. Demuxers can now override
       es category single only or multiple es behavior
     * Support for 360 video and audio, including viewpoint modification
     * Support for ambisonic audio and more than 8 audio channels
     * Support subtitles size live adjustments

     * New NFS access module using libnfs
     * New SMB access module using libdsm
     * Adaptive streaming:
       * Rewrite MPEG-DASH (Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP) support, including
         MPEG2TS and ISOBMFF profiles
       * Support HDS (Http Dynamic Streaming) from Adobe (f4m, f4v, etc.)
       * Large rework of the Smooth Streaming module
       * Replaced httplive stream filter with new HLS demuxer, replaced smooth
         stream filter with new Smooth demuxer, both using unified adaptive module
       * Support HLSv4-7, including MP4 and raw muxing and ID3 tags
     * Support decompression and extraction through libarchive (tar, zip, rar...)
     * New HTTP/TLS access module for HTTP 2.0 support
     * Improvements of cookie handling (share cookies between playlist items,
       domain / path matching, Secure cookies)
     * Support DVB-T2 on Windows BDA
     * Support depayloading Opus from RTP
     * New UPnP access module, to list directories without infinite recursions
     * SMB/FTP/SFTP accesses can list directories
     * Support sftp username and passwords options in URL, and key authentication
     * New WASAPI audio capture module on Windows
     * New "concat" access module for concatenating byte streams
     * Named pipes and device nodes are no longer included in directory listings
       by default. Use --list-special-files to include them back.
     * Support for timeout in UDP input --udp-timeout=<seconds>
     * New SAT>IP access module, to receive DVB-S via IP networks
     * Improvements on DVB scanning
     * BluRay module can open ISO over network and has full BD-J support
     * Support for DVD ISO over network
     * New SRT access module using libsrt

    Hardware Decoder:
     * Support HEVC hardware decoding on Windows, using DxVA2 and D3D11
     * Support hardware decoding using Direct3D11, including GPU-zerocopy mode,
       and hardware filtering, for deinterlace and adjust
     * DxVA2 GPU-zerocopy for hardware decoding and displaying on Windows,
       and support for hardware filtering, for deinterlace and adjust
     * Support HEVC hardware decoding using OMX and MediaCodec (Android)
     * Use MediaCodec via NDK native API after Android Lollipop
     * Support MPEG-2, VC1/WMV3 on Android using MediaCodec
     * OMX GPU-zerocopy support for decoding and display on Android using OpenMax IL
     * Support 4:4:4 and 4:2:2 chroma samplings with VDPAU hw acceleration
     * Important VAAPI improvements for 10bits, HEVC, direct-rendering support
     * Support VP9 and WMV3 decoding using OMX and performance improvements
     * Important improvements for the MMAL decoder and output for rPI and rPI2
     * New hardware accelerated decoder for OS X and and iOS based on Video Toolbox
       supporting H.263, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, H.265/HEVC, MPEG-4 Part 2, and DV

     * Support for experimental AV1 video
     * Support for ARIB STD-B24 subtitles
     * Support for experimental Daala video
     * New MPEG-1 & 2 audio layer I, II, III + MPEG 2.5 decoder based on libmpg123
     * New BPG decoder based on libbpg
     * Fix uncompressed DVD-Audio (AOB) LPCM decoding
     * Rewrite WPL playlists and add ZPL playlists support (Zune)
     * Support TDSC, Canopus HQX, Cineform, SpeedHQ, Pixlet, QDMC and FMVC codecs
     * TTML subtitles support, including EBU-TT-D variant
     * Rewrite of webVTT subtitles support, including CSS style support
     * Support 9-bit and 10-bit GBR planar formats
     * Support for the OggSpots video codec
     * HEVC packetization is mostly fixed
     * H264 packetizer can now generate timestamps
     * Packetizers have support for captions in SEI
     * DTS packetizer handle DTS extensions (like DTS-HD): decoders like avcodec
       can now decode up to 8 channels
     * JPEG images correctly oriented using embedded orientation tag, if present
     * Support VPX high bit depth support
     * Extend MicroDVD support with color, fontname, size, position extensions
     * BluRay text subtitles (HDMV) are now decoded
     * Improve Closed Captions detection, notably inside the video streams
     * CEA-708 decoder
     * New MIDI decoder for macOS and iOS using the AudioToolbox framework, works
       without a soundfont or with SoundFont2 and DLS soundfonts

     * Important rework of the MP4 demuxer, including:
        * Support for fragmented MP4
        * Support EIA-608/708 subtitles in MP4/mov
        * Support WMV and WMAV in MP4/mov, aka Flip4Mac files
        * Support bitmap audio channel reordering in MP4/mov
        * Support for RTP Reception Hint Track with H.264, GSM and Speex payloads
        * Support for XiphQT(MP4) vorbis and Flac
        * Support for VP8/VP9/VP10/AV1 in MP4
        * Support GoPro HiLight chapters
        * Support for TTML and WebVTT in ISOBMFF/MP4 and DASH
        * Add new metadata fields
     * Important rework of the TS demuxer, including:
        * Support Opus in MPEG Transport Stream
        * Fix program selection with recorded TS (TopField, DreamBox and others)
        * Fix TS playback with PAT/PMT less recordings
        * Basic support for MPEG4-SL in TS and T-DMB
        * Support SCTE-18 / EAS inside TS
        * Support for new descriptors and ETT tables
        * Support for ARIB channel logos, as attachements, ARIB TR-B21/TR-B14-1
        * Improve broken-PCR probing and fixing
        * Improvements for scrambled state detection
     * Support HD-DVD .evo (H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, PCM, AC-3, E-AC3, MLP, DTS)
     * Important rework of the PS demuxer, including:
        * HEVC support
        * Fix large number of samples, notably with PSM-less H264
        * Partial support of PSMF
        * Fix broken SCR samples
        * Fix CDXA mpeg-1 support
     * Improvements on MKV:
        * Rewrite MKV seeking
        * Support FFv1 inside MKV
        * Improve ADTS and LATM inside MKV
        * Improve DVD-menus support
     * Support for lame's replaygain extension in mpeg files
     * Support Daala in Ogg
     * Improve Chained-Ogg support
     * Fixes for DTS detection in WAV and MKV files
     * Support for Creative ADPCM/alaw/ulaw/S16L in VOC files
     * Support for Creative ADPCM in AVI
     * Support WMV extended content metadata
     * Directory Demux can now sort items, ignore extensions and hidden files
     * Support AlbumArtist and DiscNumber metadata
     * Support raw H265/HEVC files
     * Support multi-channel WAV without channel-maps
     * Support SBV subtitles
     * Support for Scenarist Closed Caption
     * Fix Quicktime Mp4 inside MKV and unpacketized VC1
     * Support for isofLaC
     * Improve fLaC seeking
     * Replace --demux dvb-open option with --stream-filter dvb to parse
       channels.conf digital TV channel list files

    Stream filter:
     * Add an ADF stream filter
     * Add a ARIB STD-B25 TS streams decoder
     * Add a stream prebuffering plugin
     * Rewrite libarchive module as a stream_extractor
     * Remove HTTP Live streaming stream filter
     * Add a zlib (a.k.a. deflate) decompression filter
     * Add a skiptags module to help demuxers skip ID3/APE tags

    Demux filter:
     * Add a demuxer filter chain to filter or intercept control commands and demuxing
     * Add a demuxer filter to block seeking (--demux-filter noseek)

    Audio output:
     * Complete rewrite of the AudioTrack Android module, it is now the default
       module for Android. It now supports HDMI/SPDIF passthrough for AC3/DTS/EAC3,
       5.1/7.1 channels and float output, depending on the Android version.
     * Add Tizen audio module
     * HDMI/SPDIF pass-through support for WASAPI (AC3/DTS/DTSHD/EAC3/TRUEHD)
     * Support EAC3 and TRUEHD pass-through for PulseAudio
     * Important rework of the AudioUnit modules to share more code between iOS and macOS
     * Support Ambisonics audio with viewpoint changes

    Audio filters:
     * Add SoX Resampler library audio filter module (converter and resampler)
     * a52tospdif and dtstospdif audio converters are merged into tospdif,
       this new converter can convert AC3, DTS, EAC3 and TRUEHD to a IEC61937 frame
     * Add a Spatialaudio module with 2 submodules:
        * an Ambisonics audio renderer, supporting up to 3rd order
        * an Binauralizer audio filter, working with Ambisonics or 5.1/7.1 streams
     * Add Headphones option in Stereo Mode: use the spatialaudio module for
       headphones effects
     * Add a pitch shifting module

    Video ouput:
     * Linux/BSD default video output is now OpenGL, instead of Xvideo
     * OpenGL:
        * New OpenGL provider for Windows
        * Drop OpenGL 1.x and OpenGL ES 1 support
        * Direct rendering with OpenGL (starting OpenGL 4.4)
        * Hardware direct displaying with VA-API interop
        * Hardware direct displaying with VDPAU interop
        * Hardware direct displaying with DxVA2/D3D9Ex interop
        * Hardware direct displaying with VideoToolbox interop (iOS and macOS)
        * HDR tonemapping support through libplacebo
     * Wayland shell surface window provider
     * Wayland shared memory video output
     * Large rework of the Android video outputs: there is now Surface (2.1, 2.2)
       NativeWindow (2.3+, supports hw rotation, subpicture blending, opaque)
     * Support rotation in Android NativeWindow output and hardware decoders
     * Rename the Direct3D output module to Direct3D9
     * Add a Direct3D11 video output supporting both Windows desktop and WinRT modes,
       supporting subpicture blending and hardware acceleration
     * Support HDR10 in Direct3D11 with Windows 10 Fall Creator Update
     * EFL Evas video output with Tizen TBM Surface support

    Video filter:
     * Hardware deinterlacing on the rPI, using MMAL
     * New video filter to convert between fps rates
     * Add 9-bit and 10-bit support to image adjust filter
     * New edge detection filter uses the Sobel operator to detect edges
     * Hardware accelerated deinterlacing/adjust/sharpen/chroma with VA-API
     * Hardware accelerated adjust/invert/posterize/sepia/sharpen with CoreImage
     * Hardware accelerated deinterlacing/adjust/chroma with D3D9 and D3D11

    Text renderer:
     * CTL support through Harfbuzz in the Freetype module
     * New font fallback algorithm on most platforms
     * More conforming EIA608 captions layout and aspect ratio
     * More styles support for TTML, WebVTT and 708

    Stream Output:
     * Chromecast output module
     * RGB24 and YCbCr 4:2:0 RTP packetization

     * Support for Daala video in 4:2:0 and 4:4:4
     * VP8 and VP9 encoder using libvpx

     * Add fragmented/streamable MP4 muxer
     * Add support for muxing VC1 and WMAPro in MP4
     * Opus in MPEG Transport Stream
     * Daala in Ogg

    Service Discovery:
     * New NetBios service discovery using libdsm
     * New mDNS services discovery using libmicrodns
     * New mDNS services discovery using Bonjour (Mac OS X, tvOS, iOS)
     * Rewrite of the UPnP service discovery

    Mac OS X Interface
     * Drop support for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
     * Support right-to-left user interface layout for right-to-left languages
     * New resizable fullscreen controller with improved design
     * Add status bar icon which displays metadata and play controls
     * Add support for keyboard blacklight dimming during fullscreen video playback
     * Improve and simplify preferences window
     * Huge performance improvements in playlist handling and other areas
     * New AppleScript API giving access to audio desynchronization
     * Expand AppleScript API for menu detection and navigation
     * Support for building with disabled sparkle update mechanism
     * Remove deprecated transcoding wizard, use convert and save dialog instead

     * Drop support for iOS 6.x

    Qt interface:
     * Batch convert support
     * It is now possible to specify 'stop-time' in Convert/Save dialog

     * Support key accelerators

     * Add libvlc_media_new_callbacks for custom input byte streams
     * Add libvlc_audio_output_device_enum to enumerate devices of current aout
     * Split of libvlc_media_discoverer_new_from_name into libvlc_media_discoverer_new,
       libvlc_media_discoverer_start and libvlc_media_discoverer_stop
       This allows to attach media events between create and start
     * Add libvlc_media_get_codec_description to get a human readable description of a codec
     * Add libvlc_MediaListEndReached Event to get notified when a media list reached the end
     * Add libvlc_media_list_player_get_media_player to get the media player instance of a list player
     * Add libvlc_media_parse_with_options that uses a flag to specify parse options
     * Add libvlc_audio_output_device_get to get the currently selected audio output device
       identifier (if there is one available)
     * Add libvlc_media_get_type to get the type of the media
     * Add libvlc_media_player_get_full_title_descriptions to get full title info of the media
       and +libvlc_title_descriptions_release to match it
     * Add libvlc_media_player_get_full_chapter_descriptions to get full chapter info of the media
       and libvlc_chapter_descriptions_release to match it
     * Deprecate libvlc_video_get_title_description, libvlc_video_get_chapter_description,
       libvlc_media_player_get_agl, libvlc_media_player_set_agl
     * Add libvlc_media_player_set_android_context to integrate in an Android surface
     * Add a new libvlc dialog API to forward dialogs requests to the applications:
       libvlc_dialog_set_context, libvlc_dialog_get_context, libvlc_dialog_set_callbacks,
       libvlc_dialog_dismiss, libvlc_dialog_post_action, libvlc_dialog_post_login
     * Add libvlc_media_discoverer_list_get|release to list the media discoverers
     * Add libvlc_media_slaves_add, libvlc_media_slaves_clear
       libvlc_media_slaves_get, libvlc_media_slaves_release to add and get slaves
       from a libvlc_media
     * Add libvlc_media_player_(get|set)_role to set the media role
     * Add libvlc_media_player_add_slave to replace libvlc_video_set_subtitle_file,
       working with MRL and supporting also audio slaves
     * Add vlc_epg_event_(New|Delete|Duplicate), vlc_epg_AddEvent, vlc_epg_Duplicate
       and removes vlc_epg_Merge

     * Support for the SystemD Journal
     * Use --syslog and --syslog-debug command line options to include debug
       messages in syslog. With --syslog, errors and warnings will be sent only.
     * New Android module for logging

     * remove langfromtelx
     * remove ZPL playlist format
     * Update libVLC doxygen modules
     * Add a text-to-speech renderer for subtitles on OS X/iOS
     * Add a text-to-speech renderer for subtitles on Windows
     * Add Gnome libsecret-based crypto keystore
     * Add KDE Kwallet-based crypto keystore
     * Add a memory keystore
     * Add a file keystore that can use a submodule to crypt secrets
     * Add Keychain based crypto keystore for iOS, Mac OS X and tvOS

    Removed modules
     * Atmo video filter
     * QTCapture access module (use AVCapture instead)
     * httplive (use adaptive instead)
     * smooth (use adaptive instead)
     * Gnome-VFS access module (i.e. Gnome 2.x)
     * QuartzText text renderer module (use Freetype instead)
     * Win32 GDI text renderer module (use Freetype instead)
     * Growl notification (replaced by osx_notifications)
     * VCDX "extended" Video CD access module (use the normal VCD module)
     * Mac OS X Dialog Provider (use VLCKit instead)
     * iOS Dialog Provider (use MobileVLCKit / TVVLCKit instead)
     * QuickTime decoder module (use native codecs)
     * BD access module (use libbluray)
     * Direct2D module (use Direct3D11)
     * EyeTV access module
     * Rar access and stream filter: use libarchive
     * VDA decoder: use VT
     * Audioqueue: use audiounit
     * SDL video output module
     * DirectFB video output module
     * RAOP stream output module
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