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The VLC controller
The VLC controller

VLC - Video Lan Client, is a free media player suitable for use on many different platforms. It is a very useful program to have on your Macintosh as it will play many different formats that Quicktime player cannot handle, such as:

  • DivX
  • XviD
  • 3ivX
  • Some support for WMV
  • MPEG2 Transport Streams (.ts)

VLC can also be used for DVD playback and has been reported by many to include multi-region support. This can be especially useful since Apple's own DVD player is limited to a user set region which can only be changed a few times.


VLC Information and download page.


Other programs capable of playing common internet media files include: