There is absolutely no dearth of multimedia players for Windows operating system. There are plenty of good video and audio players out there but when it comes to popularity and support for video formats, VLC is the player that stands out from the rest.
Despite being an open source software, VLC supports almost all video formats out there and it’s the player that you can go for when a player other than VLC doesn’t support a video format or when you want your PC to play to virtually every video format out there without having to install third-party codec software such as K-Lite Code Pack.
On top of that, it’s capable of streaming videos from the web, record video, and convert video files from one format to another and more.
If you’re one of those millions of users who’re eagerly waiting VideoLAN to release VLC player app for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, you’ll be delighted to know that the first Beta version of VLC for Windows 8/8.1 app has been released and all Windows 8/8.1 users can now install the same from the official Windows Store.
NOTE: We advise you follow the download link provided at end of this article to install the VLC app, as there are tens of apps in the Store with similar title.
VLC for Windows 8/8.1 is capable of playing almost all video formats out there, just like the desktop version of the software. The user interface of the app is simple and easy to navigate. Upon launching the app on your PC for first time, it will automatically start indexing your music and video library. There is an option (adjacent to the search button) to browse to a file and open the same as well.
Although VideoLAN notes that, subtitles support isn’t very good in the current version of the app and it supports only embedded subtitles, as soon as you begin playing a video file, an option appears to open subtitle file. When a video is playing, pause, previous, next, increase speed and decrease speed buttons appear on the screen and disappear after a couple of seconds. You need to right-click anywhere on the screen to see these options again.
Two other worth noting features are support for multiple-audio tracks selection and support for background audio playback.
Best of all, according to VideoLAN, it supports Live tiles. That is, you can easily control the app right from the Start screen but for reason this feature didn’t work on our test machine. Also, on our test machine, VLC for Windows 8/8.1 app took a couple of seconds to start but after that it was very smooth.
As you should know by now, if you’re on Windows 8.1, you need to manually pin the app to the Start screen after installing the same.
Please note that since this app is in beta, some features might not work as they should. Visit the following link to install the app. Enjoy the app!