Download VLC 2.0 and Play Almost Any Video File Format

Feb 20, 2012 - 24 Comments

VLC 2.0

VLC 2.0 has been released, the powerful video playing apps new version supports even more video and audio formats and includes limited Blu-Ray playback, in addition to providing under-the-hood improvements for faster decoding with multi-core CPU’s and GPU’s.

If you’re unfamiliar with VLC or you don’t have it yet, you should add it to your app repertoire. VLC can open and play just about every conceivable video and audio file format thrown at it, making the days of hunting for appropriate codecs long gone. Furthermore, if the media in question is an obscure format, you can use VLC to transcode it to a more widely compatible format, from MPEG, DIVX, H.264, WMV, and more. It’ll often even open corrupted or partially downloaded movie files when many other apps fail to do so. The other benefit is that VLC is cross platform compatible, allowing you to use the same app on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux, all available as free downloads.


VLC 2 also brings an all new interface to the app, which looks like a combination of iTunes and Windows Explorer and winds up making it more of a media manager app than just a simple movie player. If you don’t want to use it for managing any files though you can still drag and drop media onto the app to play it as usual.


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  1. […] is VLC, which will play just about any video or audio file thrown at it and MKV is no exception. VLC 2 recently came out with some pretty significant changes, and even if you don’t plan on using it to play .mkv […]

  2. colarmac says:

    I think MplayerX is much better than VLC.

  3. Aimee11 says:

    Great update! Im so excited about the faster decoding, can open more file formats including HD and experimental Blu-ray support, think now I need to do less convertings with iFunia, and just watch my videos with VLC 2.0 smoothly!

  4. Atom Bass says:

    I’m running a 2.2 GHz Quad Core i7 with 8 GB of DDR3 and i am having now problems at all. Running the DVI to HDMI to a 32″ LCD.

  5. Nilesh says:

    The mac should have this as standard, i find Quicktime to be a ‘waste of time’

  6. Kalyan says:

    Full screen support for dual monitors suck. with MplayerX you can watch a video on one screen and work on another but not with VLC 2.0

  7. Jens says:

    WARNING WARNING WARNING VLC 2.0 will mess up Handbreak. So beware one or the other has to work together to fix it but as for now TimeMachine saved my backside!!!

  8. Not Happening says:

    crap update. skipping it.

  9. Neal says:

    Version 2 has lots of bugs or problems. Dual monitor setups just do not work properly. They did in version 1.1.2.

  10. Can this do anything that Movist can’t? I love Movist, especially because it allows me to control the playback speed, which almost no other video player does.

  11. mike says:

    yes high cpu usage compared to 1.1.12
    playing mp3 cpu running at 25%
    running snow leopard 10.6.8

  12. Tom Karalias says:

    Does not stand up to my expectations yet and I do not think the new interface it was worth the fuzz.
    Still plays most formats and renders multi language subtitles better than the rest.

  13. Llb says:

    How do I get the black windows? O:

  14. Chris E says:

    I’ve read elsewhere that this version seems to use a lot more CPU than 1.x versions. Has anyone on here experienced that?

  15. Connor Odell says:

    VLC is great. Mplayerx is really good too. For media center get xbmc or plex though.

  16. 911 says:

    VLC 2.0 is still sluggish in opening and skimming through mkv files. Actually most players seem to be sort of like this for whatever reason.. But MPlayerX from the mac app store plays everything I’ve thrown at it, and is by far the fastest loading player I’ve seen. I’d recommend people check this one out.

  17. Mucuko says:

    Anyone has an idea, why GPU supported video transcoding is still not a feature of the VLC 2.0 for Mac?

  18. Brian says:

    Why is everyone pushing this app?

    • Tim says:

      Slow new’s day?
      But I’ve noticed every “big” blog posting about it..

    • B. Cloud says:

      VLC is classic and it took them about 15 years to release version 2.0 so there is a lot of pent up excitement for an old app, it’s the same reason people get excited about a new Mario game that is now pushing 30 years old. Plus VLC is required to rip DVD’s and such with Handbrake, not that many people use those $19 coaster disk things anymore.

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