However, we advise to always use the latest (and 'unstable') version of VLC. For this you will first need to add the following line "media-video/vlc ~x86" to the file "/etc/portage/package.keywords". If the file does not yet exist you should create it.
When you don't set the correct USE variables, you will get a very bare bones version of VLC. We recommend to emerge with the following USE variables:
dvd ffmpeg mpeg mad wxwindows aac dts a52 ogg flac theora oggvorbis matroska freetype bidi xv svga gnutls stream vlm httpd cdda vcd cdio live lua
You can set these variables for VLC by adding the line
media-video/vlc dvd ffmpeg mpeg mad wxwindows aac dts a52 ogg flac theora oggvorbis matroska freetype bidi xv svga gnutls stream vlm httpd cdda vcd cdio live
to the file "/etc/portage/package.use". This will give you a fully functioning VLC. Be very careful if you decide to disable some of these USE flags. You can lose more functionality than you might expect.
Older versions can be found by browsing our FTP archive
If you want, you can download the source code of VLC media player.