It was previously announced that VideoLAN was preparing version 2.0 of its popular video player and now the company has released the final version available for download. The latest version is a major update which features a completely re-designed (from the ground up) UI, full-screen support on Lion, and experimental support for Blu-ray discs.
The VLC media player lives up to the reputation its had in the past as a media player that can handle just about any audio or video format. The updated version was able to handle the standard .mpg, .avi, .mov files along with some formats that most Mac players don’t support including .swf, .asf, and .wmv files. DVDs also play back in full-screen mode with full menu support and the media player was also able to play ISO and VOB files from ripped DVDs as well.
The app seems to have a slick user interface that is in reality just one single window that lets you easily switch between your library and the video being played. For those of you who don’t like a single window look or user interface, you have the option to change back to the traditional user interface in the options. It should be noted that there are quite a bit of options that allow you to customize several different aspects of the media player app allowing users to set everything just the way they’d like to.
VLC 2.0 for Mac OS X 10.6+ (Direct Download)
VLC 2.0 for Mac OS X 10.5 Intel (Direct Download)
VLC 2.0 for Mac OS X 10.5 PowerPC (Direct Download)
VLC 2.0 for Windows (Direct Download)
VideoLAN’s 2.0 update for the popular VLC media player is definitely a must have on anyone’s list. It plays a wide variety of file formats and with the slew of customizable settings, it will make an excellent substitute for QuickTime (or any other media player) available on the Mac. For those of you who are interested in downloading VLC 2.0, you can do so by clicking the respective link above.