VLC is one of the best Media players available. It is installed as the default media player in Linux Mint.
There are so many great features which make it a great player for any file type you choose.
- Cross Platform (Mobile & Desktop)
- Plays files, discs, webcams and streams
- No spyware, ads or tracking
- Fast hardware decoding
- Plays all formats of audio/video out of the box
- Improved support for UltraHD video codecs like VP9 and H265, including encoding
- Auto detect and rotate vertical videos
- Subtitles, skins and a lot more.
One of the good features is the ability to play YouTube streams directly and save these as playlists. This improves performance and takes up less resources. I did a test and noticed that playing in VLC compared to a browser used 10-15% less CPU Resources.
When trying to play a file I was getting the MRL Playback error.
To fix this I had to upgrade to the latest version from 2.2.2 Weathermax to 2.2.6 Umbrella. This new version has improved support for Youtube and other media sites.