- Innovative Uses for the VLC Media Player
Innovative Uses for the VLC Media Player
- By Jason Bacot
- Published 03/19/2012
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Because this universal media player is so flexible, people are using it in lots of different ways all over the world. While most people use the VLC player to watch videos or listen to audio files, there are some really neat research projects going on that use it in different innovative ways.
For example, the Ostfold University College in Norway uses VLC to stream radio and television from the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation in Ogg Vorbis and MP3 forms, to record and transcode the meetings of Norway's Parliament, and to (along with the Norwegian Film Institute) transcode Norweigian movies to MPEG-4 format.
The University of North Dakota has a public outreach program that uses the VLC player to webcast eclipses and transits worldwide.
ControlAulas is a classroom tool that uses Videolan to transmit video between students and teachers in virtual classroom situations. It's an open project that anyone can use.
Sinderon SinCast is a VLC front
Because VLC is an open source project, programmers can get a copy of the source code and modify it to suit their specific needs and make it do new things. You can now get versions of it for the iPad, the iPod Touch, and the iPhone 4, and a version for Android is anticipated in early 2011. You can also get a version of the media player that only takes up 20MB and will run directly from an external drive (like a thumb drive) so you can take VLC with you on a device to use on other computers.
For those who simply want a universal media player, VLC is straightforward and easy to use. The default controls are intuitive, and you can even change the controls around to suit your tastes or needs. You can use it to watch DVDs, YouTube videos, and many times you can use it to listen to audio from CD image files without having to mount the actual CD. If you should try to play a corrupted or broken file, the player will attempt to repair the file and play it, and in many cases it is successful.
So, whether you're technologically impaired or a total computer geek, you can get what you want out of this media player. It's simple enough for anyone to download and use, and yet it's modular and flexible, so that people can adapt it for special uses if they want to. It really is an all-around good solution to the needs of people anywhere who want to utilize media files without trouble.