Among the strengths of VLC Media Player there is an extensive set of audio / video formats supported natively, without needing to install additional codecs, demonstrating the versatility of the software. The following is a complete list of input formats:

* MPEG (MP3, ES, PS, TS, PVA);
* AVI;
* ASF, WMA, WMV;
* MP4, 3GP, MOV;
* OGG, OGM, Annodex;
* Matroska (MKV);
* Real;
* WAV (incluso DTS);
* Audio Raw: DTS, AAC, AC3/A52;
* Raw DV;
* FLAC;
* FLV (Flash);
* MXF;
* Nut;
* MIDI/SMF;
* Creative Voice.

Equally broad is the list of compatibility with the media, always in relation to the input:

* UDP/RTP Unicast e Multicast;
* HTTP/FTP;
* MMS;
* TCP/RTP Unicast;
* DCCP/RTP Unicast;
* File;
* DVD Video con libreria libdvdcss;
* Video CD/VCD;
* SVCD;
* Audio CD (no DTD-CD);
* DVB (Satellite, TV digitale, TV via cavo);
* MPEG encoder;
* Acquisizione video via Dicrect Show.

Equally broad is the list of compatibility with video codec:

* MPEG-1/2;
* DivX (1/2/3);
* MPEG-4 ASP, DivX 4/5/6, XviD, 3ivX D4;
* H.261, H.263/H.263i;
* H.264/MPEG-4 AVC;
* Cinepak;
* Theora;
* Dirac/VC-2;
* MJPEG (A/B);
* WMV 1/2;
* WMV-3/WMV-9/VC-1;
* Sorenson 1/3 (QuickTime);
* DV (Digital Video);
* On2 VP3/VP5/VP6;
* Indeo Video v3 (IV32), Indeo Video 4/5 (IV41, IV51);
* Real Video 1/2, Real Video 3/4.

On the site of the owner are also present the playable audio formats, as well as tags / subtitles and filters A / V, as a further confirmation of the accuracy with which the code is constantly updated.