How do I download and use VLC Media Player?

To download the most recent version of VLC Media Player, go to There should be a download link on the home page. After downloading and installing the VLC Media Player, you can use it to decode/view most AVN encoder streams, including both unicast and multicast streams. The only stream VLC does not currently support is the AVN420’s stream when the Video Mode is set to “Field”.

Note: decoding HD streams to a satisfactory level requires a very “powerful” PC at this point. All VLC Media Players support video acceleration for MPEG-2 streams and the latest VLC Media Players have begun to include DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA) 2.0 support for h.264 streams, but this is still relatively new and may or may not work depending upon the VLC Media Player version used.

Before decoding a stream you will need to know some basic information about it in order to configure the decoder properly. Please note the following information prior to configuring the decoder: