Recently, I had couple overseas VCDs to watch but I recently re-installed my PC and my default Windows Media Player could not open the VCDs. Although most computers nowdays come installed with a VCD-capable player, I decided to search for an open-source media player and found VideoLAN.
It works pretty good except I only had one trouble of videos playing in black and white. To fix this, you simply need to set the video mode to something like Direct3D.
The VideoLAN also is capable of playing many formats without extra installation of codes. I am planning to explore more as I am trying to move away from OEM software to support open-source platforms.
Here’s the features VideoLAN provides from their homepage:
VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, …) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.
It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.
It doesn’t need any external codec or program to work.
The best thing about VideoLAN is that it can run on Linux, Macs, or PCs and it’s open-source that’s being continually developed.
You can check download VideoLAN here.