Every time when I open a real media movie using VLC (VideoLAN) player, and when I try to fast forward or drag the time to a certain position, it crashes. It is very annoying because VLC is one of very few movie players that support real media format, especially on non-Windows platform, such as OS X and Ubuntu Linux.
Initially, I thought VLC is going to fix this bug very soon. After doing some researches, I found that this bug was introduced in a production release back in 2010. Although some users filed bug reports, it seems that it was not addressed. At least this bug is still exist in the released version.
After doing more investigations, I found that this bug was already addressed in the nightly builds version. Nightly builds version is a beta version. It comes with latest features. However, these features can be non-stable and not well tested. Since VLC crashes very often when playing real media movie, I think it doesn’t hurt to give the nightly builds version a try. Surprisingly, the overall experience is very good, and the problem seems gone!
If you like to give it a try, please click the follow link to download the nightly builds version.
* Get the one that looks something like: vlc-1.3.0-git-xxxxxxxx-xxxx-win32.exe
* Get the one that looks something like: vlc-1.3.0-git-xxxxxxxx-xxxx-win64.exe
* Get the one that looks something like: 1.2-branch-intel64-xxxxxxxx-xxxx.zip
* Get the one that looks something like: 1.2-branch-intel-xxxxxxxx-xxxx.zip
* Get the one that looks something like: vlc-git-powerpc-xxxxxxxx-xxxx.zip