VLC Player alternatives

We all know VLC player is used by a vast majority of people simply because it supports most video formats. What VLC does is it amplifies volume by upto 4 times a normal speaker can handle. This is fine with desktop speakers. But with laptops sometimes 400% volume is too much and eventually the speakers will start making crackling noises and stop working completely. This is exactly what happened with my HP 500 laptop. I also found out that this happens regularly with VLC. Hence I uninstalled it.
There are many alternate players available and after some research I managed to find a perfect if not a better alternative. The K-Lite Media Player. I had used this player before but was not aware of its complete power. This player supports most formats if we install the right codecs. Also it supports and downloads subtitles for any video format including .m2ts format which is not supported by VLC. Here is what you need to do:

  • Install the latest K-Lite Media Player Classic.
  • Install the DirectVobSub_2.41.7259_x86 (for playing subs).
  • And finally install the Combined Community Codec pack for windows media player.(supports all major video formats)
  • Rename the downloaded subtitle file to the same name as the movie file or download the subtitle while playing the movie!
  • Speed up the read speed of SD card


    A rooted Android mobile.

    A Root Explorer like ES Explorer.

    There is a way to speed up the SD card on your android. With this change the contents on SD card can be accessed faster. This includes accessing the Gallery, any app installed on SD card, File Explorer etc. Also there is a slight increase during file transfer to PC on the USB mode. Follow the steps below to accomplish this:

    Open the Root explorer on your mobile.

    Browse to this location: /sys/devices/virtual/bdi/179:0

    Open the file read_ahead_kb and change the existing value (probably 128) to 1024 or 2048 or 3072 and save the file.. Try one of these values to see which suits your mobile. A value of 2048 is recommended. In any case upon saving the file there will be a marked increased in speed. Test it by opening the Gallery and see the difference.

    Note: Upon rebooting the mobile the changes are lost.