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VideoLAN, VLC and libVLC


Get VLC Media player


Jean-Baptiste Kempf


VLC media player is a universal, free and open-source, cross-platform media playback and streaming application. This presentation will give an overview of the VideoLAN project, the history behind VideoLAN and VLC, the current move to mobile OS and speaking of libVLC.

VLC media player is published by VideoLAN, a French non-profit organization, and is mostly developed by volunteers in their spare time. VideoLAN’s additional products include the well-known H.264 encoder x264, specialized media streaming applications and a diverse set of libraries to support DVD and BR playback on all major operating systems. A bit of history of the VideoLAN project will be explained too.

VLC media player supports MS Windows, OS/2, Solaris, GNU/Linux, BSD and Mac OS X on the desktop; and Android, iOS and WinRT mobile operating systems. The application is licensed under the GNU General Public License version 2 and later, based upon a portable library licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License.

The number of users of VLC is believed to be more than 100 million users worldwide, on all platforms.

The API of the VLC engine, libVLC, to develop media applications will be exposed.

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