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VLC is a free software to play, transcode and broadcast video and audio files. It's a cross-platform software that support a big number of different formats and codecs.

Interface

A list of VLC possibilities is available here : http://www.videolan.org/vlc/features.php

Deploy VLC

VLC is present on the main Debian repository:

apt-get install vlc

Start VLC

It's possible to launch VLC by double clicking on its icon, or directly with the command line:

vlc

It's also possible to play a file directly from the command line interface, for example:

vlc tears_of_steel_1080p.mp4

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