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Software Review

VLC Media Player
(media player, streaming server, dvd player)
VLC Media Player has a very low-key, simple interface. I most often access the program by clicking on files (which are associated with it) as I would with Windows Media Player. I have only experienced one type of file which it had trouble playing back for me, and that was an avi transferred over from my dv video camera.

While the interface is simple, this software can be used to set up to serve and receive streaming video, even in multi-cast mode (i can send a video from one machine and hundreds of other people can view the video at once for the same bandwidth as one person watching it). It can also capture video from a video capture card (tv in, vcr in, etc.). This is a highly recommend replacement for Windows Media Player, as it even has a plugin for browsers (FF, not sure about others) which allows you to view embedded content more easily. [go to software page]