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    VLC media player
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    VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files, and various streaming protocols.
  • Developers: VideoLAN team
  • License: GPL
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The VLC media player (formally VideoLAN Client) is a portable free media player comprising a complete streaming solution by the VideoLAN team. It supports various audio and video codecs, DVDs, Video-CDs and several streaming protocols. VLC can also be used as a streaming server for unicast and multicast networks in both IPv4 and IPv6.

VLC can be embedded in almost all browsers with the "mozilla-plugin". It can also play media files directly in the browser. You can test it at the ZDF Mediathek website. This mediathek supports VLC natively.

Stability is a highlight of the program, which can play incomplete or broken media files (ie. incomplete downloads). In addition to having all the standard features of other video programs, several filters can be activated in real time. For example, you can watch a video which was recorded in a portrait format in landscape mode. It is also possible to apply color and audio filters.

Until version 0.8.x the GUI was based on wxWidgets. Since version 0.9.2, it's based on Qt. This results in better integration in KDE, but reduced integration in GNOME and Xfce). For more information see the VideoLAN Wiki.

Installation

For some patent and legal issues, openSUSE cannot provide full function VLC and libav in official repositories. Full power VLC and libav/ffmpeg are available in Packman and VLC repository.

From Packman repository

openSUSE Tumbleweed:

sudo zypper ar -cfp 90 -n Packman http://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/linux/misc/packman/suse/openSUSE_Tumbleweed/ packman
sudo zypper ref
sudo zypper in vlc vlc-codecs
sudo zypper dup --from packman --allow-vendor-change

openSUSE Leap 15.0:

sudo zypper ar -cfp 90 -n Packman http://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/linux/misc/packman/suse/openSUSE_Leap_15.0/ packman
sudo zypper ref
sudo zypper in vlc vlc-codecs
sudo zypper dup --from packman --allow-vendor-change

openSUSE Leap 42.3:

sudo zypper ar -cfp 90 -n Packman http://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/linux/misc/packman/suse/openSUSE_Leap_42.3/ packman
sudo zypper ref
sudo zypper in vlc vlc-codecs
sudo zypper dup --from packman --allow-vendor-change

From VLC repository

openSUSE Tumbleweed:

sudo zypper ar -cfp 90 -n VLC http://download.videolan.org/pub/vlc/SuSE/Tumbleweed/ vlc
sudo zypper ref
sudo zypper in vlc vlc-codecs
sudo zypper dup --from vlc --allow-vendor-change

openSUSE Leap 15.0:

sudo zypper ar -cfp 90 -n VLC http://download.videolan.org/pub/vlc/SuSE/Leap_15.0/ vlc
sudo zypper ref
sudo zypper in vlc vlc-codecs
sudo zypper dup --from vlc --allow-vendor-change

openSUSE Leap 42.3:

sudo zypper ar -cfp 90 -n VLC http://download.videolan.org/pub/vlc/SuSE/Leap_42.3/ vlc
sudo zypper ref
sudo zypper in vlc vlc-codecs
sudo zypper dup --from vlc --allow-vendor-change

From openSUSE official repository

Warning: VLC and libav in openSUSE official repository CAN ONLY play a few open source audio and video formats.
sudo zypper ref
sudo zypper in vlc

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