7 Top Secret Features Of The Free VLC Media Player
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vlc media playerIf someone gave me the choice of picking just one media player to take to a deserted island, I would most definitely plonk for VideoLan’s [NO LONGER WORKS] VLC Media Player. I really don’t know whether I would get too much of a chance to watch anything while I am marooned there, but when it comes to versatility, no other player comes close. Thank God! VLC Media Player is free. It is Open Source and cross-platform too.

That VLC pretty much plays everything that you throw at it is old news. It is also a media genie when it comes to other things apart from playing movies. We looked at some of them in two previous posts:

In the latter post, we talked about what VLC can do…

  • Rip & Transcode Videos
  • Internet Radio & Podcast Management
  • Video Effects
  • Snapshots
  • Play Video as ASCII Output

But there are still some ‘top secret’ features left to talk about. So, let’s spill the beans.

Use VLC as an Online Video Downloader for YouTube

Using a combination of VLC and your browser, you can download videos from YouTube and a few other video sites. Copy the URL of the video you want to download. For instance, in YouTube it could be like this:

1. Click on Media – Open Network stream. Paste the URL and click the Play button in the player.

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2. VLC Media Player starts streaming the video.  Now, click Tools – Codec Information and at the bottom of the window you will see a Location box. Copy the long URL in the box and paste it on your browser’s address bar. The browser will now start playing the video file. You can download the video file to your desktop by doing a Save As…. Or you can choose to record the video.

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I tried this out with YouTube. Let us know in the comments about other services too.

Don’t Forget…VLC Can Play Audio Too!

We normally associate VLC with video, but VLC is a complete media player and that includes full music-playing features with playlist support. VLC not only displays cover art, but also has a pretty good graphic equalizer tucked away inside it.

You can bring it up with a CTRL+E. Pitch your song just right with the available presets, or finetune it with the 11 frequency bands.

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The latest VLC also gives you Dynamic Range Compression that subdues loud sounds or amplifies quiet sounds by compressing an audio signal’s dynamic range. That’s just the thing if you are living in an apartment with thin walls.

Then there’s Audio Normalization

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Just in case you don’t jump out of your skin, VLC has the normalization feature tucked deep inside Audio preferences (Tools – Preferences – Audio). It’s a feature to keep in mind when you are playing audio and video files; a sudden increase in the volume could jar your ears. In case of video, you have to restart the video for it to take effect.

Record Directly From Webcam

You can record your video chat session easily using VLC.

1. Go to Media – Open Capture Device.

2. On the Capture Device screen, you can select the video device and also the audio device like the system microphone.

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3. You can also configure the options from the Configure settings. Finetune your capture with Brightness, Contrast, Hue, Saturation (and other) controls.

4. Head down and drop down the Play button to open the Convert dialog where you can select the Destination file, click on the Browse button to select video file location, name and format.

Scrobble Tracks to Last.fm

Last.fm added support to VLC and that helps because you can enhance your recommendations by scrobbling from your desktop music collection to Last.fm using the VideoLan media player. Scrobbling tracks to Last.fm with what you listen to on your desktop is a simple three-step process –

1. From Tools – Preferences click the Show Settings radio button to All.

2. Drop down to Interfaces. Expand the branch to Control Interfaces – check Submission of played song to Last.fm.

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3. Expand Control Interfaces and click on Audioscrobbler. Enter your login details on this screen, hit save and restart  VLC.

Mouse Gesture Interactions with VLC

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Productivity mavens like their mouse gestures, and VLC media player obliges with basic mouse gesture support. To activate this feature, go to View – Add Interface – Mouse Gestures. You may need to restart VLC for the changes to take effect. The list of supported gestures and settings options can be on this page of the VideoLAN wiki.

Automatically Quit VLC When Playback Is Over (And Shut down The Computer)

Queue your songs in a playlist (Kenny G’s saxophone perhaps), switch off the lights, and drift off to sleep. Oh wait! Did you forget to switch off the VLC player and shut down the computer? Stay in bed because a little line of code can do it for you.

You can quit VLC media player after playback is finished, by adding


to the playlist. Alternatively, from Media select Quit at the end of playlist.

Shutting down the computer is a bit more elaborate with a batch file.

Create a new file with extension .BAT [use notepad] and paste in the contents from below:

START /WAIT C:\"Program Files"\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe %1 vlc://quit
shutdown -s -t 60

Drag your saved playlist icon on top of the .bat file. The batch file will launch VLC and load the playlist. It will wait for the playlist to finish playing and then the batch file shut down the PC in 60 sec.’s.

I end here with seven useful features of the ever-popular VLC media player. There are lots more of course. If you know about these seven features then they aren’t ‘top secret’ at all, but if you didn’t then try them out. Which feature of the VLC media player deserves to get mentioned? Do you know of a VLC feature that you think not many are aware of? Reveal it in the comments. We are all ears for secrets to be spilled.

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  1. Peter
    October 29, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Hi , this made my own recorded video sound great and the picture really clear . Is there away to upload straight to facebook?

  2. Alex
    December 21, 2016 at 8:42 pm


    Nice article. Didn't know my everyday VLC is that powerful.

    But do you know if I can stream the album cover of my internet radio?
    I have the link saved as a *.pls file.
    I think the only way this coul work would be a dynamic album cover. Is that even possible?


    • Saikat Basu
      December 23, 2016 at 7:28 am

      Well, you can download Album Art. But I am not so confident that you can do it dynamically for a streaming song. I could be wrong though as the level of customization in VLC is mind-boggling. Have to research this.

      • Alex
        December 23, 2016 at 1:31 pm

        Thanks for the reply.
        Indeed. During my research it seemed more and more impossible.
        But from what I've heard, there are a lot of plugins available. Gotta look for a matching one although I think this "problem" isn't that big of an issue that someone has written a plugin for it...

        • Saikat Basu
          December 30, 2016 at 2:58 pm

          Do drop in again and tell us if you find a solution :)

  3. Frode
    October 20, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    I want to use VLC in a user activated interface in a video installation. I have to create a hotkey connected to a shortcut. The playlist, as I have understood it, is an html-file and wont't work. Is it a way to program it directly like MPC?


    • Saikat Basu
      October 27, 2016 at 4:34 am

      Will something like a simple playlist parameter work?

      vlc.exe --playlist C:/PlaylistLocation

      Start the vlc with the playlist-parameter and you specify, where the playlist is located.

  4. Vicki C
    April 5, 2016 at 3:06 am

    Hello there. Hoping for some help. Let me start out by saying I am not that computer savvy. Ok, Now that THAT is out of the way, :) I am trying to download a video from YouTube using your instructions above. I got the link and followed all of the above. I got the long URL and pasted it and it started to play. This is where I have a problem. How do I save it? I right click like I would for everything else I would want to save but it does not give me an option to save as. Am I missing something? Thanks for any help as it will be much appreciated. :)
    VLC (which happens to be my initials. )

    • Saikat Basu
      April 6, 2016 at 12:03 pm

      Check out this video for another method:


      Hope it helps.

      • Vicki
        April 6, 2016 at 4:30 pm

        Thank you, Saikat, I played around with the original instructions after I posted the question and found that it was downloading it to the VLC player. On other video links I tried, It did give me the save option. I appreciate your blog and help with a quick response to my question. Many Thanks!

  5. Sean Sebastian White
    January 8, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Why does it say... VLC no longer works in the link provided, what the hell?


    And I tried VLC don't know if I'm doing something amiss, but it was like looking through someone's letterbox trying to watch a documentary?

    • Tom
      January 11, 2016 at 11:57 am

      Press 5 while playing a video. It should help with the size fix. 8,2,6,4 also change dimensions

      • Saikat Basu
        January 12, 2016 at 8:15 am

        Strange...doesn't work for me. Will check this out. Thanks for the tip Tom.

  6. TechGuy
    January 7, 2016 at 6:19 am

    Nice article, tthanks for sharing the first tip, this will come in handy...

    • Saikat Basu
      January 7, 2016 at 6:23 am

      Thanks. This article is old now (2012). Time for a fresh one I think :)

  7. sarah
    March 23, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    cant do it. im trying to upload a song from youtube onto VLC.

    • Bryan
      April 26, 2016 at 8:33 pm

      (a year later)
      You sort of mean "download," but in this case you also sort of mean "capture" or "rip" or "convert."

      It may help to think of wanting a cookie jar on a high shelf. You pull the jar down to get a cookie and put it back up when you're putting them away.
      upload - you're sending a file UP to another server (generally to the Internet)
      download - you're pulling a file DOWN to your own computer.

      The media YouTube normally serves is a "stream" rather than an actual file you download and then view. VLC in this case would rip the stream and convert it to a file you could view offline at any time.

      • Saikat Basu
        April 27, 2016 at 3:48 pm

        Well explained :)

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  9. Ihtisham ul haq haq
    January 6, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    nice article and tips about vlc player.

  10. umesh salesia
    December 26, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    i love using this player.

  11. Leslie D Hudson
    November 13, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    I did realize VCL had all of this inside of the player, I upgraded my player and BAM everything was there thanks for thesae awesome tips

  12. Brandon Jacobsen
    November 10, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Hi, I'm brand new to VLC and I have a video that's 1.1 seconds faster than the audio. I figured out how to fix this when actually watching the video, but how do I actually save the corrected version so I can upload it to Facebook? Thanks!

  13. Ged
    November 9, 2012 at 4:31 am

    I use VLC for all my media files, whether films which are on commercial release or footage I took myself using phones or digicams.

    Problem now is that I can not delete any of file which is linked to VLC, even if I then change it back again. No matter how I try nothing works.

    I tried hitting Delete on the keyboard, and even Shift + Delete. I get a message telling me that the file is in use or is protected. Neither of these things is happening. I try dragging and dropping the file into Trash and the same error message comes up. I even tried cutting and pasting to the trash can, and the same error message comes up. It's pissed me off no end. My drive is filling and apart from the radical solution of backing up the entire drive elsewhere, except these files, and then formating the entire PC, there is nothing I can think of now to do to get rid of them. Perhaps I can even transfer them onto a memory stick and then throw the thing away, but that's wasteful and expensive and also stupid.

    Really I'd rather find a solution, which I am sure there is one, only I can't find it.

    I am running Windows XP SP3. All updates and so on are valid and current.

    Please help??

  14. chinkara
    October 27, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    I think vlc has a webcam feature where u can broadcast the video ur playing locally as a virtual webcam and ppl on the other side see it as my webcam. is it possible???

  15. Vijay Agarwal
    October 27, 2012 at 6:57 am

    This method does not specify how can one select the quality of video downloaded like 480p, 720p or 1080p.......... One may not like to desire full fledged 1080p video.

  16. Joseph Finkelberg
    October 21, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    thanks for this post

  17. Saeef Alam
    October 21, 2012 at 1:56 am

    The shut down feature is great. Good life hack; would have been useful years ago. Thanks.

    • Saikat Basu
      October 22, 2012 at 2:50 am

      Why not now :)

  18. Abhisek Tak
    October 18, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Please me give the exact path way to shut down the computer as soon as the play list ends.

    I mean step wise because i am not that friendly with computer.

  19. howard wolowitz
    October 18, 2012 at 5:02 am

    i am going to try them out right know

  20. howard wolowitz
    October 18, 2012 at 5:02 am

    wow i had no idea vlc had so many features

  21. kumar raja
    October 14, 2012 at 7:11 am

    It is fantastic very useful for those who r using VLC player

  22. Bill C
    October 11, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Streaming Youtube with VLC for video downloading per your instructions worked fine for me in August, 2012. Now it will not stream. What is wrong? Has Google changed something on Youtube that prevents it?

    • Joe
      October 20, 2012 at 7:01 pm

      I am having the same issue.

      • Saikat Basu
        October 22, 2012 at 2:51 am

        I think it's a YouTube issue.

  23. Zaki
    October 8, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Very good review - thnx.
    is there a media player that you know of where it can resume playing from the point I stopped the player and shut down the computer?

  24. Ron
    October 7, 2012 at 10:58 am

    This doesn't work. VLC will not download anything from YouTube by these instructions.

    • Saikat Basu
      October 8, 2012 at 2:20 pm

      Try it again. You are doing something wrong. Any errors?

  25. freeked
    September 22, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Does VLC automaticly try to make an internet connection when it is opened? I tweeked my firewall setting to max and now it's asking me for permission to let VLC access the web. Does anyone here know? Thanks

  26. moin
    September 19, 2012 at 6:12 am

    i want to watch movie with my girlfriend she is in other town from 2year's.can vlc media player help us to watch same movie on same time ????

    i read about it in one comment but i didn't found anything yet please tell me how can i make it

    • Saikat Basu
      September 19, 2012 at 11:15 am

      Hi Moin,
      It would be difficult to give you all the instructions here, so I enclosing a link to another source where you can learn how to stream a movie or any other multimedia file to another computer - http://www.engadget.com/2005/11/29/how-to-stream-almost-anything-using-vlc/

      • hs
        October 24, 2012 at 5:55 am

        hello i like to know how to stream a movie or video directly in vlc player for mac to watch it without having to download the video file just stream direct into vlc player so i dont have to use a browser to watch inwhich sometimes the flow is off id like to use vlc player to watch rather stream direct from my understanding it uses hardware components to make the video play smooth no buffering id like to know can i do this with vlc player for mac but i like to do it without having to download a file just stream from where the original file is based on website the video is on or linked to and then directly to vlc player for mac as the output can you tell me how to do that or if you know of a site that has that exact answer im looking for provide a link ive been looking and haven't found a answer as of yet thanks in advance for any help you can give

    • Smumdax
      January 8, 2013 at 5:28 am

      Just call each other and press play at the same time...

  27. Seiboi Misao
    September 18, 2012 at 10:10 am

    As far as I am concern, VLC player is the best for watching movies of all formats, listening music etc.

  28. Edmar Diego
    September 15, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    no more crappy youtube downloder. thanks for the info

  29. Jacob Twitchel
    September 15, 2012 at 2:16 am

    I have used VLC Media player for over 5 years now and it is the best media player I have ever used. I have never found any media players that come close to doing all the cool stuff that VLC can do. But I have tried to use the Network Stream option to watch a YouTube video on Debian Squeeze but I think there is a bug in that version of VLC because every time I try to open a video it spits out errors saying it can't detect the video format. But I am still learning cool things that I can do in VLC every few weeks or so. Even though I sometimes get errors, I am always going to use VLC.

  30. Edward Bellair
    September 1, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    One of them progs where time is a plus.

  31. Olivier FitzGerald
    August 21, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    This article confirms how versatile VLC is. However, with slow processors, I experienced sync problems between sound and image while WMP worked allright. Very confusing.

  32. Kaashif Haja
    August 16, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    VLC is good!
    I have some trouble playing the RMVB file, so i use kmplayer for it.

  33. Ahmed Saqr
    August 14, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Awesome Features :)
    recording from web cam is the best for me

  34. Subrat Regmi
    August 14, 2012 at 3:55 am

    The main reason i started using VLC 3 years back was its ability to double the volume, since then VLC has been my best media player. I use VLC in all of my OS and all my gadgets. Thanks for these really cool informative tips.

    • Saikat Basu
      August 14, 2012 at 6:23 am

      Hey, that was the same reason for me as well. But since then, I have discovered more uses I could put it too.

  35. Sar
    August 13, 2012 at 3:35 am

    What Id like to know is how the heck to get VLC to play the vids you want OVER YOUR OPEN WINDOWS (in win7)! It must be easy, but I cannot figure it out.

  36. Krisna Regular
    August 8, 2012 at 8:28 am

    thanks for all the TIPS regarding this VLC player

  37. Ashwin Divakaran
    August 4, 2012 at 10:51 am

    KMP Rules!

  38. Bila Box
    August 1, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    i think vlc just an ordinary player, but this change my mind

  39. Thaveesha Suchinthaka
    August 1, 2012 at 5:16 pm


  40. Andreas
    July 31, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Beware of the scrobble feature - because it will scrobble porn titles as well!!!

    I only noticed by chance on last.fm

  41. Igor Rizvi?
    July 31, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Reall nice

  42. Dylan
    July 31, 2012 at 10:13 am

    I've been using vlc for a very long time, but i didn't know what it was capable of.

  43. abdo Elborady
    July 31, 2012 at 10:00 am

    i dont think that was usefull

  44. hanhan
    July 31, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Youtube downloading function not working for me.

    Using version 2.0.3

    Error message:

    "Your input can't be opened:
    VLC is unable to open the MRL 'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfeys7Jfnx8'. Check the log for details."

    Basically tried to follow these instructions, VLC won't stream it like it says in step 1

  45. Totoy Badiola
    July 31, 2012 at 6:45 am

    Many thanks for featuring VLC. I never knew such a free software would be so powerful.

    I now, intend to browse often through the list of your howto and tips. What do you know, I might see some other topics that will prove helpful to me as a home user.

    • Saikat Basu
      July 31, 2012 at 9:25 am

      Thanks for the feedback. Our site is specifically for tech tips you can "make use of" :)

  46. Sai Krishna
    July 31, 2012 at 6:28 am

    excellent & useful read.

  47. vivek u
    July 31, 2012 at 6:24 am

    Its really very good player

  48. Ron Morrow
    July 31, 2012 at 12:07 am

    I already loved VLC but these tips make it just that much better. Thanks!

  49. Igor Rizvi?
    July 30, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    awesome.thx alot!!

  50. Antonio Silva
    July 30, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Another great thing about VLC:

    You can drag and drop an .iso of a DVD and it will play it beautifully.

  51. Josh
    July 30, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    One of my favorite features is the ability to offset the audio from the video. It comes in handy when everything's out of sync and you hear stuff 3 seconds before you see it.

    • S Jones
      August 13, 2012 at 6:21 am

      GOM Player does this, too, and with much easier access. Press "" to speed it up in 0.5 sec increments.

  52. Baronsed
    July 30, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    There's also mplayer, which is able to read almost anything, through many protocols, etc. Mplayer and VLC are basically the two great player.

  53. Thalia
    July 30, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I love Media Player Classic and VLC at the same level.

  54. Lewis Golden
    July 30, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    LJG July 30 2012

    I have used VLC player for several years and had not been aware of these features--thank you for all of the help--LJG

  55. vettehp
    July 30, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    dvdsoft is very useful

  56. Nick
    July 30, 2012 at 7:45 am

    "If someone gave me the choice of picking just one media player to take to a deserted island, I would most definitely plonk for VideoLan’s VLC Media Player."

    Hahaha, you crack me up man.

    Anyway, to me VLC is a must have on any OS (maybe even mobile!!!). I think it's best quality is that it has it's own codecs and you don't have to worry about installing them separately. This is especially useful for newbie linux users that have a hard time doing that themselves.

    The remote control feature is (I think) third party and also, doesn't seam to work very well on Linux.

    Great article! Keep it up.

  57. Rob Long
    July 30, 2012 at 6:10 am


  58. Daniel Tanner
    July 30, 2012 at 5:54 am

    Always good to have more uses for a single program. I like having one vs. many as far as programs are concerned.

  59. Joe p
    July 29, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    As always something useful

  60. vividvilla
    July 29, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    cool....VLC is my best video player both in windows or Linux

  61. Jonny Roder
    July 29, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    My lovely player.

  62. Pedro Oliva
    July 29, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    i use vlc to convert directly youtube videos to any format (mp3, mp4, etc)... Media>convert>Network>set preferences----> ready!

  63. Terafall
    July 29, 2012 at 3:37 am

    sometimes I was wondering why some people would choose paid apps like Splash Pro when free one like VLC or Potplayer can do better

  64. Gaurav Rajasekar
    July 29, 2012 at 3:11 am

    I tried using the video capture feature on VLC to record my desktop as an mp4 file. However it just kept crashing :( Hopefully gets fixed in a subsequent release.

    Using it as a Youtube downloader is definitely not something I had heard of before, thanks!

  65. Jamie VanRaalte
    July 29, 2012 at 12:50 am

    I'm fast becoming a VLC fan - a big one! Thanks for these tips.

  66. omigasun
    July 28, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    VLC is my first choice of media player both in windows and linux..,It's just perfect to play any kind of video in any format..,but I rarely use it to play musics in mp3 format..,

  67. larrypmNL
    July 28, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Thanks for the tips. Have used this player for years along with others, of course.

  68. sabih
    July 28, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Haha awesome! But for Music and such, I use WinAmp and I suggest you use too, it's an amazing tool. I will try these things on VLC see if it's more comfortable than WinAmp. Amazing find, thank you!

  69. Colin Ryan
    July 28, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Good tips, thanks!

  70. Glen Quilat
    July 28, 2012 at 4:00 am

    pretty versatile. It's not as simple as I thought it is. Thanks fro the tips!

  71. Peter James Escobar
    July 28, 2012 at 3:03 am

    Well Secrets had been revealed!

  72. Jonathan Temple
    July 27, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    VLC is amazing. It plays everything. Your not limited to the inferior proprietary audio and video formats. It has a GNU license, which means, it belongs to us.
    Want to make it better, use it, volunteer to make changes to it and donate to the programmers/volunteers. Look at the silly little excuses where people back off, uncomfortable with not using proprietary, limiting stuff, from Microsoft and Apple.
    It is very simple to use, however, if one wants to get deep into enhancing the audio or video they can. Heck, kit even encodes. Make sure you get the newest version. It is about functionality, flexibility and quality. It is not about looking pretty and limiting users, like proprietary nonsense..
    I store my audio in losless FLAC format and encode that into the best compressed "lossy" format for audio Ogg Vorbis, to listen to on my Cowon portable media player.
    Both are GNU licensed and are free for use and distribution. You can use them in a commercial format.
    I do agree that it is good to have more than one player for various reason. There are several good ones, but none of them are made by Microsoft or Apple.

    • Saikat Basu
      July 28, 2012 at 3:43 am

      Well said. If you are willing to dive down into the hood, there's nothing like the VLC right now. The flexibility is very good.

  73. GodSponge
    July 27, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    I have to say that most of these features I would never use. I have other programs that make it faster to get youtube videos and I don't care for most of the features. I only really use VLC for playing stuff my other player can't for some reason.

  74. Ankur
    July 27, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    it was really nice knowing all this. hope to find somthing more on here..

  75. F.Klaassen
    July 27, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    The player does everthing he should and much more. Test it!!

  76. F.Klaassen
    July 27, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Fantastic universal player.

  77. Safwan Khatri
    July 27, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    great player

  78. Andy Sullivan
    July 27, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    VLC plays all my media across all my platforms and devices. I have it installed on my tablet, and my phone, both android, also on my laptop and i wish i could get it on XBox.

    Well done for a free app and to its devs.

  79. John Pavelko
    July 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    So many people rave about this media player, but I have not found it to be that great

    • Grudge
      October 9, 2012 at 10:50 am

      me too ...:)

    • Grudge
      October 9, 2012 at 10:50 am

      its not that good.....

  80. Cliff Mccullar
    July 27, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    just have to say ive been using VLC for what 8 or 9 years now i believe? still never had the first issue with the program crashing or not playing a file. One thing i didnt notice being mentioned is despite its incredible versatility its still has a VERY small resource footprint compared to any other playback program ive found for movies, which matters a lot for older/slow computers.

    • Saikat Basu
      July 27, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      On an average its around 30% for me. That is low compared to something like KMP or WMP.

  81. Rutul Parikh
    July 27, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    When I found VLC, I literally dumped other players. I love the 1.1.1 version as it plays videos smoothly on my weak pc.

    • Saikat Basu
      July 27, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      As opposed to a player like KMP which lags on mine too.

  82. Joses Lemmuela
    July 27, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    VLC Media Player keeps getting better and better. The twoflower version now even enchants 10 bit encoding support, which has now never failed to play any animes or movies I throw at it. I'm really starting to be a fan of this media player :p
    I know a few features here already, but a few still surprised me, like the first one. Good post by the way!
    Oh, and it's very customizeable too :D

    • Saikat Basu
      July 27, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      I read on the site that VLC 1.1. itself had around 485 million downloads. Two Flower is a major release and brings fixes with it.

  83. Suman Acharya
    July 27, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    great!! really needed it to know...
    why use other players while there is vlc for free!!!

  84. Charles Zwicker
    July 27, 2012 at 2:03 am

    You can also slow down or speed up audio (or video I assume). Very useful for learning songs on instruments.

    • Saikat Basu
      July 27, 2012 at 3:33 am

      That's another interesting tip. Thanks for this.

  85. debashis mallik
    July 26, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    "If someone gave me the choice of picking just one media player to take to a deserted island, I would most definitely plonk for VideoLan’s VLC Media Player."..............I'd do that too no doubt.

  86. DonLefler
    July 26, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    my musically inclined sons use VLC and recommend it to everyone. as for audio, i do like Audacity better, tho.

  87. Benoit Rainville
    July 26, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    As the geek of my many circles, I convert everyone I support to VLC, simply because it just works with anything as long as you set it as default video player only. Once you set some preferences like launch full screen, and sound clipping limits, all you need to do is double click a video file and hit the space bar to go to the bathroom and again when you come back. I even had to install it at work for an Exec who wanted to present an MP4 video for a presentation and he found it was just perfect.

  88. Paolo Maffezzoli
    July 26, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Great tool and intersting tricks .

  89. Brandon SPike
    July 26, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    I love vlc!

  90. Elaheh Sadegh
    July 26, 2012 at 9:51 am

    I would suggest VLC to all my friend now.

  91. Wendy J
    July 26, 2012 at 9:45 am

    I would much rather use VLC, which I've used for years, than Adobe with Firefox, but your 'work around' is just too cumbersome, when I can get Adobe addon to open in Firefox with one click. What I want is a useful VLC addon for Firefox or Chrome, please!!!!

  92. Muhannad Agha
    July 26, 2012 at 7:59 am


  93. Taiwai Cheng
    July 26, 2012 at 4:46 am

    Neat tips! Like it!

  94. Ibrahim Mezouar
    July 26, 2012 at 4:01 am

    I wish they'd jazz up the UI a bit more! I hate that win32 look :p

  95. Dan Whitcomb
    July 26, 2012 at 3:55 am

    Didn't know these existed!

  96. Charlie Player
    July 26, 2012 at 3:52 am

    a very good media player..

  97. sonnylim
    July 26, 2012 at 3:39 am

    I only use VLC for video and audio. It has never failed me.

  98. Gian Singh
    July 26, 2012 at 12:19 am

    VLC has so many features, and i only knew of half of them

  99. Asif Mumtaz
    July 25, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Wonder why use VLC for video download when there are plenty of other free programs that do it so well, just with a click!

    • Saikat Basu
      July 26, 2012 at 3:14 am

      Not saying it's THE BEST tool for the job...just saying that it is a feature.

  100. Declan Lopez
    July 25, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    nice tricks

  101. michel
    July 25, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Never understood why people use this. Ugliest player available, overly complicated settings and menus. Plus WMP is already installed and works.

    If you have to write a batch file, create a playlist and operate from the desktop, that's not a feature. Call me when it's a menu option.

  102. Âdil Farôôq
    July 25, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Using VLC from last 3 years

  103. Reý Aetar
    July 25, 2012 at 8:22 am

    no doubt it supports almost everything but the sound and video quality of other players are better in some cases
    i use it to play files that are not supported by wmp on windows
    and in linux rhytmbox for common audio files

    • Saikat Basu
      July 25, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      There are pros and cons with every player. That's why I think it's better to have 2-3 players in your arsenal. For instance, I play my audio files in Foobar and not in VLC. Sometimes, it's just born out of habit.

  104. gizaw
    July 25, 2012 at 6:30 am

    Wow....what a nice point about VLC, I loved all points....great ...thanks so much keep it up!

  105. sorin
    July 25, 2012 at 5:27 am

    It's a good player, was my favorite for years, but he has problem with blue ray movies 1080p and 3d , what codec do you use with it?for blue rays? thanks

    • Saikat Basu
      July 25, 2012 at 6:20 am

      VLC can't handle Blu-ray natively as far as I know. A new version was supposed to be released with Blu-ray support, but I am not sure when. I haven't tried this but there is a workaround which you can look into:

      You will need to update the keys database and AACS dynamic library, both of which can be downloaded from http://vlc-bluray.whoknowsmy.name/.

  106. nahid saleem
    July 25, 2012 at 5:26 am

    For some reason I like GOM player over any other players. It plays almost everything.

  107. Va Du
    July 25, 2012 at 4:44 am

    Nice tips. Only started using it months ago mainly for streaming so this gives me more options to do other things with.

  108. Julius
    July 25, 2012 at 3:18 am

    Nice tricks Saikat. VLC continues to prove why it's one of the go-to players for media......PERIOD!

  109. Ravuama
    July 25, 2012 at 2:32 am

    I've even used VLC Streamer to stream to IPAD!

  110. Ravuama
    July 25, 2012 at 2:32 am

    Switched to VLC 3 yrs ago, I've never looked back! Simply the best!

  111. Chun Tat David Chu
    July 25, 2012 at 1:56 am

    I use YouTube Downloader HD to download video from YouTube onto the computer.

  112. jamesbirtwistle
    July 25, 2012 at 1:41 am

    Just remember that VLC won't download anything over https. Just remove the "s" and your good to go.

  113. Shakirah Faleh Lai
    July 24, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    VLC looks simple and not very fancy but it was a versatile player. I enjoyed using it for years, nice tricks.

  114. Tanguy Djokovic
    July 24, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    ohh yeah, leaned many new tricks thanks to you... most I won't use, but now I know :)

  115. Elias Morales
    July 24, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Use it every day, excellent player, thanks for the tips

  116. Mark Thornley
    July 24, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Best media player out there!

  117. Sameer N
    July 24, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Great tricks. Thanks for the article.

  118. Muhammad Ahmad
    July 24, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Using VLC since several years. Working very good.

  119. Gideon
    July 24, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    What I don't like about VLC is that it won't let my laptop go to sleep or even dim the monitor after x number of minutes as per my power saving plan in Windows. I also dislike the (too) simple UI in general yet overly complicated options. I've tried several of the skins offered by VLC but most plain did not work and others had various quirks about them that weren't present in the default UI.

    WMP (Windows' default player) serves my purpose quite well :) Very elegant player and does not require any extra codecs downloaded for my needs so no issues there. The only gripe I have with WMP is that I believe it does not support srt subtitles or very picky with them (forgot which, it's very rare that I need subtitles); for that I have VLC as a backup player which handles subtitles like a champ, and also supports more codecs out of the box, although external codecs can be easily obtained and installed on the system for WMP to use.

    • Saikat Basu
      July 25, 2012 at 6:07 am

      VLV does interfere with the power management options. I have the habit of manually dimming my monitor with the shortcut key on my laptop when I walk away. It's always advisable to keep a backup player. I, in fact have 3 - Media Player Classic and KMP. But VLC handles everything that you throw at it.

      • GodSponge
        July 27, 2012 at 9:28 pm

        I used to use KMP, but it isn't made by the same people anymore and they added a lot of unnecessary junk. I have gone with PotPlayer, which is the new KMP made by Daum. PotPlayer is my main player now and VLC has become my backup.

        • Jonathan Temple
          July 27, 2012 at 10:54 pm

          I am glad that you mentioned KMP. I removed it from my system and wondered what the heck happened to it..
          KMP is loaded with junk, ads and wanting you to download all sorts of crap. Thanks for letting me know what happened to it,
          VLC is pure as the driven snow and it plays EVERYTHING.
          Especially FLAC and Ogg on the audio side and Ogg, MP4 (is proprietary), AVI, Divx, Xvid, CDs and DVDs, VOBs, everything.

          My backup player is Media Player Classic. It is sooooo fast and sooooo small. It is not as robust as VLC, but is unreal, with a free GNU

        • Saikat Basu
          July 28, 2012 at 3:36 am

          Thanks. Did not know much about PotPlayer. Will definitely try it out.

        • Thalia
          July 30, 2012 at 5:37 pm

          Same as me, I will browse for PotPlayer pros and cons and maybe using it.

          Thanks GodSponge

    • Praveen
      July 25, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      You can activate subtitles in Media player with the help of the software called DirectVobSub. It has a control panel which lets you choose the font and font size and once the settings are saved it will automatically display srt files associated with the video. The software gets initialized automatically every time a video is played and remains hidden in the system tray.

    • Obilex
      July 30, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      yea, bc I really want my monitor to go dark every 10 minutes when im trying to watch a goddamn movie on my computer...

      • skyatch
        October 12, 2012 at 8:44 am

        Sometimes I like to play a movie/video for the audio/music, and actually WANT my screen to go black after awhile, as I am not using it.

        Under advanced Video settings, you can uncheck "Disable Screensaver". That may help things a bit.

    • Vanski
      December 12, 2014 at 4:33 am

      you have missed THE POINT! WMP won't play video discs out of the box!!!