What do you like best?
VideoLan has 7 awesome features:
1) Can play anything.
No need to worry about video formats or codecs. Just pop your video file into VideoLan and it will play it!
2) Excellent tools
VideoLan has a wide variety of tools. These include:
a) Adjusting speed - This is invaluable, especially for training videos where tutors might speak too fast or too slow.
b) Taking screen shots - Great if you need a screenshot of something
c) Rotating video - Ideal when a video has arrived in the wrong orientation.
d) Remembers place - When replaying a video, it continues from where you last left off.
e) Filtering tools: VideoLan has a selection of tools for making videos clearer. This is especially useful for watching older videos which might not be in HD. VideoLan will make them sharper.
3) Keyboard shortcuts
VideoLan has a great selection of shortcuts and you can easily add shortcuts to any feature.
My favorite shortcuts are the seek keys which make it easy to jump to a specific part of a video.
4) Great interface
The interface only displays the most common functions. Advanced features are sensibly hidden away.
5) It's free
Remarkably all these excellent features are free of charge!
6) Awesome support
VideoLan has excellent support forums, which give plenty of help. However, the app is very easy to use, so you will probably never need any help
7) Cross platform
VideoLan works on multiple platforms, including Windows, Mac and Android
What do you dislike?
VideoLan has 2 problems:
1) Non silent updates
VideoLan sometimes asks to update, usually when opening the app. This is annoying as you normally want to get straight into watching a video. It would be better if you could set it to silent update.
2) Advanced features are hidden away
Some of the more advance features such as being able to rotate a video are hidden away.
On the whole this is good, because it avoids overloading the average user, but it would be nice if there was an option to move these features to a more prominent place.
Recommendations to others considering the product
Excellent. It has everything you would want.
What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
I use VideoLan for two key business functions:
1) Converting video
I frequently need to convert video files to mobile friendly formats that clients can use.
For example, I may have videos in FLAC or MKV format and need to convert them to mp4 for mobiles.
2) For watching training videos
For this purpose, Videolan helps in the following ways:
A) Adjusting speed - In the training videos, the tutors might speak too fast or too slow, so speed control is very useful.
B) Taking screen shots - I often need to take screen shots of the training video contents. This is a good way of making notes on what I am learning.
C) Remembers place - I can leave a video and then come back without having to find my place. This saves a lot of time and ensures there are no gaps in my learning.
D) Zoom: I can use Videolan’s zoom tools to zoom in content on the training videos, which is very handy, especially if there are details in the video that aren’t that clear to see.