Tech Tips Home
The Best Tech Tips And Daily Deals
Newsletter On The Internet!

Shop online 24hrs a day or call us Mon-Fri
8:30AM-4:30PM EST - 1-800-915-2088
WorldStart Tech Tip And Store Search
Email: Password: Login Remember Me
looking for freeware

Like what you see here? Subscribe to the Tech Tips newsletter!   Email: Subscribe

Can’t Play A File? VLC Player Saves The Day

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 by | Filed Under: Free Downloads, Software Reviews
 
Loading...


Have an audio or video file that you can’t seem to open on your computer? Let me tell you about a great, free program that can make your life a whole lot easier. VLC Player is the answer to your codec error problems. What’s a codec you might ask. My flip answer is that codecs are the devil, but the more technically correct answer is that a codec is a device or program that compresses data for faster transmission and then decompresses the data. You’ll see a codec error when the programs on your computer don’t recognize the program that compressed the data in the file you’re trying to open.

I worked for many, many years in television and codec errors were the bane of our existence. A commercial made on a particular editing system would refuse to open on another one. Sometimes a file would refuse to open on the same system running a different version of software. Where it really caused problem was when we tried to open surveillance video provided to us by various law enforcement agencies. Every single one of them used a different format. Good luck finding America’s most wanted when you can’t open the video.

Thankfully, a very wise engineer introduced me to VLP. It’s free and I’ve yet to find anything it won’t open. VLC Play was developed by VideoLAN organization, a non-profit the promotes free, open-source multimedia solutions.  You can choose to donate if you wish, but it’s not required.

Take a look at the video formats it supports:

And the audio formats:

Whether you’re using MAC…

Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8… (This is especially great for Windows 8, since it doesn’t come with a built-in DVD player)

Or Linux. This is a great free, tool.

To learn more about VLC and to download it for free, follow this link.

~ Cynthia

Tags: , , , ,

One Response to “Can’t Play A File? VLC Player Saves The Day”

  1. […] written before about VLC Media Player for your PC. This awesome free media player will play just about anything. When I worked in television news, it […]

Leave a Reply


Like these tips? Get them for FREE in your email!

WorldStart's Tech Tips Newsletter

  • Tech Tips Daily - Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

  • Tech Tips Weekly - If you don't want our Tech Tips newsletter every day, then sign up for this weekly newsletter to get the best information of the week. Sent on Fridays.

Other Newsletters

  • WorldStart's Daily Deals - Every week, we send out great deals in our Daily Deals newsletter. Many of these deals are exclusively for our Daily Deals newsletter subscribers and can't be found with our regular specials.

  • Just For Grins - Each issue includes a couple clean jokes, some funny quotes, and a hilarious reader's story. Newsletter is sent five days a week.


Enter Email Address:

Subscribe

Your e-mail address is safe with us!
We only use it to send you the newsletters you request. It is NEVER disclosed to a third party for any reason, ever! Plus, if you decided you don't like our newsletters (don't worry, you'll love them), unsubscribing is fast and easy.

Free Newsletter Signup



Tech Tips Daily

Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

Tech Tips Weekly

The week's best in tech and computer help. Get your issue sent to your email every Friday!

WorldStart's Daily Deals

The very best deals on the Internet! Get a new set of incredible sales every day of the week!

Just For Grins

Clean jokes, funny quotes, and hilarious comics. Sent 5 times a week straight to your email.


Subscribe


Love Worldstart? Refer A Friend!

looking for freeware
WorldStart's Premium Membership

Tip Archive


Categories:
Archives: