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    VideoLAN is open source and IMO, one of the best free players available today.
    I have not had any trouble using it for audio or video files in WXP, W7-64, and a couple of flavors of Linux.
    It has replaced WMP on all of my computers.
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    And you can use it in the corporate environment to provide a standard player for DVDs.

    cheers, Paul

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    Yes, VLC player still rocks. It's a must have for anyone and it will play just about anything.
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    Totally agree, as an online course facilitator I have seen all sorts of problems with students who are not very computer savvy, but since I started including a link to the VLC download in my course information I've had far fewer student "help" messages.

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    I know VLC plays about anything. But certain faculty at the university I work had problems using it.. "too much options"... "where's the normal windows player"... were a lot of heard complaints..
    So I've learned to stick with K-lite mega codec pack.... you get media player classic, which I use myself for everything... and it has the added advantage of allowing you to use the normal windows player with any format, as it extends and uses windows own codec libraries (which VLC doesnt do).
    I have had occasions when a DVD wouldn't play withouth VLC, but otherwise our faculty is happier with the normal WMP.

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    I really like VLC - especially the tools which allow me to quickly assess how 'tweakable' less than perfect clips are before I try to include them in a project but......I can never get my mouse to work with it at all. I have to use my wacom graphics pen. Not the end of the world but annoying all the same.

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    I used VLC until I had some problems (I forget what) with it. I did some searching around (WMP is a bloated overly complex monster) and found GOM player. It's highly configurable and plays everything that VLC plays.

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    Boy, I am really surprised everyone likes it so much.

    I think it is far to geeky. It crashes unexpectedly. It is so hard and unintuitive to set the default, such as the default interlace and resolution options. I get it to display full screen on my monitor and then find it extremely hard to get out of that. It really does not seem like a user friendly program to me at all. My install has set me with German language when I right click on a file. But it does play most file types, which is its saving grace.

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    I use CCCP (Combined Community Codec Pack), which comes with Media Player Classic - Home Cinema. Very minimalist player, but plays everything I've thrown at it.

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    I found VLC didn't work - I tried it, but on trying to play some DVDs it crashed, and when I raised this on their support forum was totally put off - I was told 'nothing to do with us, we're not interested, get lost', near enough in those words - and got rid of it.

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    I use it at work when we need a DVD player on machines and have yet to have a problem - yes, it is a little geeky. I also use it at home to play one off media, again never a problem.

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    oh agreed on the VLC player. Since I discovered it a few years back it's been my GO-TO player for pretty much everyting. I've had a few issues here and there, but for the most part it's handled everything that I've thrown at it as well. The majority of players are super-bloated and just ridiculous. I did like MediaMonkey a bit, but I just switched over to 64-bit and haven't really tested it yet. Did you know there are old tv shows and other unusual video programming available thru it.

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    I used to get crashes on the player, but since I've uninstalled the skins I have yet to have any.
    For most people, the advanced settings can be ignored and the default settings used without issue.

    I use VLC as a video player exclusively along with WMP, they work well side by side.
    If you listen to music alot, I would recommend Winamp for that sole purpose only.
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    Has anybody used VLC Player in place of Flash Player? I mean, has anyone actually dumped (completely removed) all traces of Flash Player, and then tried to watch streaming videos at PBS.org, Hulu.com, You Tube, and TV.com? Do these sites work with VLC Player and no Flash Player installed? Or do they insist that you must download and install Flash Player or a modified Flash Player, such as the ABC Move Player? So, did you folks really dump Flash Player? I sincerely doubt it!
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    I've watched You Tube videos in VLC player by taking the You Tube videos out of my browsers cache in Windows XP,
    but I havn't tried it recently in Windows 7, if that would make any difference.
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