VLC is the universal video format player. It’s free, easy to use, and open source. However, it’s designed to run on a computer. If you’re using that computer to put video onto a monitor or TV set to watch from a distance, it can be frustrating to manage playback.
VLC Remote from
Hobbyist Software pairs with VLC software using a bit of separately installed Windows or Mac software. The app lets you start, stop, and pick a playback spot. You can also adjust volume, and manage video playlists. The app features controls for remotely playing DVDs on a computer as well.
The software lets you browse the computer’s hard drive to pick files to play back. For dedicated VLC users, VLC Remote is a good counterpart. A
free version of the app features advertisements and limits you to playback controls.
[Glenn Fleishman is a senior contributor to Macworld.]