Great news for those of you using Chromebooks! You can now download an App for VLC media player.
If you aren’t familiar with VLC media player, it is an amazing program that will pretty much play any kind of audio or video.
I first learned about it back when I worked in television and we often received files in from ad clients or dash cam video from police departments in all sorts of file types that our editing computers just didn’t want to recognize.
Thankfully, VLC media player can pretty much play anything. Up until now, Chrome has bee the only major operating system without VLC, since it is available for Windows, Mac and Linux and also for Android tablets and phones.
It’s all thanks to Android Runtime for Chrome, which the folks at Google rolled out to help people use Android apps on their Chromebooks.
If you aren’t familiar with Chromebooks, they are light-weight laptops designed as web appliances that rely on working online and storing your files in the cloud as opposed to installing programs on your computer. You can only find apps for Chromebooks in the Chrome Web Store.
So what can this free app do? It play almost any type of video or audio file, network streams, DVDs, CDs and formats like MKV, MP4, AVI, MOV, Ogg, FLAC, TS, M2TS, Wv and AAC. All codecs are included with no separate downloads.
It’s also a great way to organize media on your Chromebook. I’ve recommended this program for years. So, if you have a Chromebook, I suggest trying it out.