January 3rd, 2006


[Geek] Shock!

I don't know how many of you have discovered VideoLAN VLC media player. It operates without codecs (they're built in; all the main formats are supported), and because of this, the player is far more efficient than say Windows Media Player 10 with codecs.

As an example, on my Athlon 2800+ I played an Xvid in WMP and VLC. Couldn't really see much difference in Task Manager - both were bumping along the bottom.

So I tried on my Athlon Thunderbird 1GHz media PC. It went from an average of about 40% CPU usage with WMP to... 5% CPU usage with VLC!!!

So I tried it on a Pentium-II 350MHz machine. This machine can't normally play DivX/Xvid. It played, full screen, at 40% CPU usage! Incredible! It didn't manage to play properly with image post-processing turned up to maximum, however. Not that I can really notice a difference between it on, and it off (the default in VLC).

So, if you have a slow PC but want to watch a MPEG-4 video, and don't want to worry about the hassle of video codecs, download VideoLAN VLC media player now!
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