VLC Media Player

Tip: Convert Media Files with VLC

Taking a break from posting about games to share a cool tips I learned about VLC Media Player. VLC is an incredible tool that plays nearly every kind of video out there.

And now, on to the tips…


Play/Download On-Line Videos

You can actually use VLC to play and download videos that are online. You’ll be able to use the full suite of tools to control video playback or save them for later play.

To begin an internet video, visit Media > Open Network Stream. Press theNetwork tab, enter the URL of the video and click Play. To save it, instead of Play, select Convert.

Record A Now Playing with Video/Sound

If capture and you want to record a snippet of a video that you’re playing, VLC has an option to do this. To enable this attribute, on the menu bar, click View > Advanced Controls. Additional buttons will appear on the program. While playing a media file, click the Record button to begin recording. Press again to stop.

While sound will go to your Music folder records will be saved in the Videos folder for videos,. On the Mac version, visit the menu bar and click Playback > Record or use the shortcut Cmd Alt R.

Record Desktop

VLC has the capacity to record a video of your desktop, acting as a screen recorder. To empower desktop recording, visit Media > Convert / Save. Visit the Capture Device tab and on the Capture mode drop down menu, select Desktop. Select your frame rate for the click and capture Convert under Desired frame rate / Save. Eventually select the destination and click Start and your codec. To stop recording, click the Stop button.

Record Webcam

It’s possible for you to record a video in VLC using your computer’s webcam. Visit Media > Open Capture Device and choose DirectShow from the Capture style drop menu. From where it will capture from here you’ll select the sound and video device. VLC and click Play will stream out of your webcam. Use VLC’s skill to record currently playing with video and you have yourself a webcam recorder.


Did you know you are able to use your DVD’s to rip into your computer? It’s a simple way to create an archive file of your DVD’s for back-up purposes or a way to view them when you don’t have entry to the physical disc.

Visit Media > Convert / Save and click on the Disc tab. Under Disc Selection, click assess No cd menu and on the radio button of the media cd you’re using. Make sure the chosen Disc device is correct and click Convert / Save. Pick the codec you wish to save in and save it with the extension that is compatible with your codec.

Remote Control VLC From A Browser

There’s an option available to use a web browser as a simple remote control for VLC. This is very useful when running VLC on a media center PC, as you are able to control it using your mobile phone or a notebook.

To enable this feature, visit Tools > Setting, and click the radio box Allunder Show settings. Then visit Interface > Chief Interface and tick the Webcheck carton. Subsequently, under Interface > Chief > Lua, establish the Lua HTTP Password. Remote control through the browser should now be enabled.

To test this, on your own browser with VLC installed, visit localhost:8080. It’ll request the password and once given, it should display a remote control interface. To use this on another device, you will need to find the IP address of your devices’s browser. Add the address on your own device’s browser with :8080 appended to it, for example Your device is currently a VLC remote that is simple.

Video And Audio Effects

VLC gives you a ton of tools that enables you to manipulate the video and sound of any specified media. To see the tools available, visit Tools > Corrections and Effects. From here, you’ll see tabs that contain the A/V manipulation tools. On the video side, you are able to adjust colors, crop, rotate video, add filters, etc. With sound, you get your music to be tuned by the usual equalizers.

Subscribe To Podcast

VLC can fill that need, in case you are trying to find a podcast subscription program that is very easy. You can use the program view them all within the program and to subscribe to your favourite video and sound podcast.

To subscribe to a podcast, got to the Playlist sidebar, under Internet, there’s aPodcast option. Hover your mouse cursor and a will appear. Click on it and add the RSS to your podcast. On the Mac version, visit the Podcast option and press Subscribe to add the RSS URL.

Play Internet Radio

VLC supplies Internet Radio channels on its Playlist sidebar for you to search and browse for radio stations that are online. If the provided stations don’t interest you, you’re able to play your favourite channel by getting the station’s URL and opening it using Media > Open Network Stream.

Video Background

Ever desired to have a video playing as your desktop wallpaper? There is a simple way to toggle this using VLC. Visit Tools > Setting. Click on Video and under the Output drop down box, select DirectX (DirectDraw) video output. Save and restart VLC. The next time you play a video, an alternative will appear under Video on the right-click menu to play as a Set as Background. Pick it and the video will then begin playing as your desktop background.

Add Watermarks On Video

You can add your own watermarks through VLC on a video, bypassing a need for a dedicated video editor to do that. Do remember though you will must use the video to be saved by VLC’s recording feature .

To begin, visit Tools > Effects and Filters. Click on the Video Effects tab and under the Overlay tab, you’ll get options to either add to the video in a simple text or your logo.

Play Media Found In Archive Files

If you’ve a ZIP or RAR file which has a media file, it is possible to play them within VLC. Them open with VLC and it will play the files contained within all.

If the file is broken up into bits, only open the first part of the archive file making sure all the files are within precisely the same place. This really is a superb suggestion when you don’t want to waste space decompressing the video.


Take A Photo of Your Video

Ever need certainly to take a picture of a video you’re viewing? VLC has a way to achieve this. Simply use the shotcut Shift S on Windows and Linux or Cmd Alt S on OS X. The graphic will be saved in your OS’s various pictures folder.

Bookmark A Video

So that you can return to it later on, if you feel like replaying a specific part of a video you can bookmark a component of a video. To bookmark a video, visit Playback > Custom Bookmarks > Manage. The Edit Bookmarks window will pop up. When at a section of a video you’d like to bookmark press on the Create button.

Add Subtitles to Your Videos

If a video you have doesn’t come with subtitles, you are able to add your own by locating an SRT subtitle file for the video and adding in it. To add the subtitle, play your video and visit Subtitle on the menu bar and click Add Subtitle File. It uses the exact same file name if you need VLC to play it mechanically, set the SRT file in the exact same folder as the video and ensure.

Slow Or Speed Up The Playback

This attribute is very useful when a media file principally for the content, for example podcast, audiobooks, recorded lectures, etc. are being watched by you To begin, press ] to fast forward by 0.1x for each press. To slow it down, press [ instead. On the Mac, there’s a slider to control playback speed, located in Playback.

Extensions And Plugins

Much like Firefox, you are able to extend the functionality and appearance of your VLC player. There are an assortment of extensions and skins to be found on the VideoLAN website. Take a look and see what appeals to you.

Some of the extensions allow you to mechanically get subtitles, information on the actors, as well as lyrics to tunes, among other things. Skins, there are many available that are certain to fit your taste and on the other hand, allow you to alter the look of your media player.

Bonus tip: Play WMV Files on Your Mac with VLC


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