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VLC – The Video player that will solve all your problems

Have you ever had trouble opening up a video file that you just downloaded? It’s wierd, sometimes your regular old Windows Media Player is just unable to open up and play a video.

This can happen even if your video file looks like the standard *.AVI, *.MPG, or *.WMV file formats. You’ve been able to open those files before, why aren’t you able to open the file now?

Well here’s why you aren’t able to open those videos, and a head-ache free solution.

It turns out that video files are not as simple as AVI, MPG and WMV. These three types of files are really called container formats or “wrapper formats”. The actual video file inside these containers can be in a variety of different formats.

This is where your problem arises. You may be able to read .AVI, .MPG, and .WMV container files, but you may not be able to read the video inside the container. Complicated and backwards right?

In order for you to be able to read the video INSIDE the container, you need to have the appropriate codec for that video file. Some codecs come with your PC, some you have to download manually. But who has time to track down all these codecs?

This is where VLC media player comes in. VLC is the ultimate video player for windows. First of all, it is completely free. You can download and use to your hearts content.

Second of all, VLC comes with all the most popular codecs. You won’t have to dig around the net for all the codecs you need; just get VLC and handle it all in one download. You will be able to play all your video files with VLC.

Third of all, VLC can play damaged or incomplete video files. This can be a life saver if you do not have access to the original, complete, uncorrupted video file. It can also be great if you just have a piece of an entire video file and want to check it out. You can also use VLC to watch videos that you are still downloading!

You can get the free, “open source version of VLC” here.

There you have it, happy downloading.

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