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VLC -- The open source media player -- continues to amaze me with its flexibility

By Andrew Pollack on 11/27/2008 at 10:14 PM EST

To catch up on some videos that I'd missed, I pulled them down to my PC. Little by little I've been watching them, using VLC because it seems to have enough codecs to play just about anything. The only real complaint I could make is that the PC isn't the best place to watch video.

The video card on my PC is good enough that it can output to the HDTV with a pretty good picture. It works great, and lets me sit in my comfy chair with my laptop while I work and have the video on at the same time. The only downside is that to control the video, I had to get up and go to my desk to manage the PC.

It turns out that VLC has a solution. Simply turn on the web interface, and now from my laptop I can control the VLC player at my desktop PC almost entirely. Pause, playback, fullscreen, volume, and even playlists. I can feed it local filenames or even URL's to media files. Its just brilliant.

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re: VLC -- The open source media player -- continues to amaze me with its flexibilityBy Sam on 11/28/2008 at 12:11 PM EST
VLC is a superb of the best examples of the altruism that the web
can engender. It constantly amazes me how the idle puttering of a few
enthusiasts can, over time, result in a product that either matches or
outstrips the analogous offerings of multi-national corporations.
re: VLC -- The open source media player -- continues to amaze me with its flexibilityBy John on 11/28/2008 at 03:15 PM EST
Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs, the Titanic by professionals...

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