VLC media player is now available for ChromeOS devices
VLC needs no introduction, it is the single most popular media player in the digital World.
Windows Media Player may perhaps be its only real competitor when it comes to popularity, but only because it came pre-installed on Windows computers.
VLC however, is an open source application, as a result of which it has evolved into a massively used cross-platform software, available for Windows PC, Windows Mobile, Linux, Android, iOS and Mac OS X. Well, now you can add one more to the list, Google ChromeOS.
ChromeOS computers are becoming very popular, thanks to the fact that it uses web applications, instead of the traditional standalone operating system. Granted they aren’t the most powerful of devices, and they lack a Hard Drive, many users tend to use them for entertainment purposes with the memory card slot which Chromebooks come with.
VLC for ChromeOS has been ported from the Android version of the app. This is because Google’s ChromeOS uses the Mountain View company’s Android Runtime library.
But don’t let that fool you. VLC for ChromeOS is no less than its desktop counterpart. It is capable of playing almost every video and audio file you throw at it. This includes streaming videos, DVDs, ISOs, etc
Some of the most popular video formats which it supports include: MKV, MP4, AVI, MOV, Ogg, FLAC, TS, M2TS, Wv and AAC. The best part is that unlike other media players which require additional codec downloads, all video and audio codecs are built-right into VLC Player.
The media player supports subtitle, auto-rotation, gesture controls for adjusting the volume, brightness and seeking. The VLC player for Chrome even includes a widget, which allows you to control the audio, headsets, and displays a cover art and allows access to the media library.
Download VLC media player for ChromeOS for free from the Google Chrome Web Store.
The app weighs about 21mb to download. There appears to be an issue which disallows users from selecting files to play, and the option appears to be grayed-out. But this only occurs, when the media files are spread across different directories.
A solution posted by a reviewer at the Chrome Web Store, suggests that users put all the media files in one folder, and then refresh the media library. This solves the issue. VLC has stated that this issue is beyond its control, and is actually present in the ARC (App Runtime for Chrome) Environment. There is no permanent solution for this, and only Google can fix the bug.