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Free VLC media player handles variety of video, audio, other formats

Do you have a media file or DVD that won’t play in Windows Media Player or QuickTime? Try the VLC media player, a free, open-source, cross-platform (Windows, OSX, Linux, and more) software. It will play a wide variety of media formats without the need for downloading additional codec packs.

Some of the various functions of VLC include support for video and audio formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, etc.), DVDs, VCDs, and various  streaming  protocols.

VLC is available on K-State’s CatPack software suite from the IT Help Desk, but the latest version can always be found, free of charge, at www.videolan.org, where it is produced under the GNU General Public License.

This article was contributed by Jake Taylor, student employee in the Media Development Center.