at main topic..
i was never a fan of VLC since its inception, JetAudio FTW.. but then jetaudio went nuts after version 8, and media player classic was brn which required a lot of customisation just to have the shortcut keys which jetaudio worked with default.. but after getting used to MPC, there was no going back to vanilla players..
i only tried VLC when my main KMplayer started having problems and i needed sometimes to watch 2 videos at once, so the secondary media player i tried was the vlc due to its popularity..
VLC is toooo simple when used at first, and toooo comlicated when explored, and yet many of the basic functions in KMplayer and Pot player are not in it even then.
the aspect ratio handling is horrible. and all its settings require the player to be restarted every time to be implemented.. and the worst thing is the still occasional crashes, and its supposed to run streaming and incomplete files fine by default,(Video LAN) but run a partially downloaded file and it crashes instantly and shut down.. doesnot even restart.
the VLC video is better in color reproduction than other players, and audio is very clean.. but very low volume, no filter management, no video enhancements like others, and a poor interface incompatible with many keyboard MM keys and shortcuts.
open source projects should be improved to keep the sense of open source, open. KMplayer is a prime example of a master piece software going corporate with ads and a lot of crap now in new versions which are not even mainstream in USA. on the other hand, the people behind the exact software PotPlayer are still free, open source, have exact same interface and features and yet they are improving it leaps and bounds in both 32bit and 64 bit versions every now and then.