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VLC, everyone’s favorite video player, now works on Chromebooks

by Jacob Kleinman | December 18, 2015December 18, 2015 4:00 pm PST

Chromebooks are great for streaming videos online, but watching a saved video file isn’t quite as easy. Thankfully, VLC is bringing its popular media player to Chrome OS and you can grab it now for free.

VLC is a popular choice for many because it can handle pretty much any type of video or audio file you throw at it. That includes MKV, ISO, MP3, FLAC and more. It also includes support for subtitles and multi-track audio, while offering a special widget for controlling the volume.

VLC says the new player is mostly a recycled version of its Android app. Unfortunately that means it’s not as intuitive to use as it is on other platforms. To play videos you’ll need to put them all in a specific folder and then open the folder using VLC. After that they’ll be stored in the app’s own library.

The app appears to be working pretty well so far, though some people have run into issues. The company only tested the app on Google’s Chromebook Pixel and HP’s Chromebook 14, and it appears to have some trouble running on some Samsung models. The company says it’s working fast to fix these bugs as they come up, so hopefully any initial bugs will be fixed soon.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...