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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Vlc Media Player Secrets

VLC Media player is one of the best media player for windows. VLC media player can play almost all type of files related to audio and video.VLC come with many dozens of features.
But if you using this media player for watching latest movies and music,you missed a lot of hidden VLC media player features. Today in this post I tell you lots of hidden features of VLC media player that you don't know.

Best VLC Media Player Hidden Tricks

vlc hidden tricks

1. Convert Videos using VLC

Many VLC media players don't know that tricks. VLC can change and convert the videos in many formats. SO don't download softwares for changing video format.

Step 1: Open VLC media player and Click On "Media" which is located at top right corner. Now Select Convert/Save. Or Alternatively you can simply Press "CTRL + R".

Step 2: Now a Window will pop up like a below picture, Simply click on Add and choose the file you want to convert, now Click on Convert/save.

Step 3: Then Select the type of the file you want it to conver to. You can even tweak the video encoding. Thats it, and this is how you can convert any video in VLC media Player. 

2. Watch Youtube Videos in VLC:

Yes, you read it right, you can directly watch any youtube video in VLC Media player, needless to say you need Internet Connection. You can also get rid of unwanted disturbance caused in Youtube Videos if you watch the videos in VLC.

Step 1: Open VLC media player and Click On "Media" to Select "Open Network Stream". CTRL + N is the shortcut to perform this task.

Step 2: Open Youtube and head over to your Favourite Video, Copy the URL of the youtube video which will look like

Step 3: Once you have copied the URL simply Paste it there where it says Enter the network url and Click Play.

You will see that the Video is Streaming in VLC Smoohly.

3. Audio and Video Effects

If your video's Audio is not Syncing with the video stream then with a little tweak you can fix this in VLC media player. you can even Apply Effects to your audo and video, let us see how:

Step 1: Open VLC media player, click on Tools > Effects and Filters.

Step 2:  Click on Audio Effect if you want to add effects if you are playing audio or Click on Video effect to add effects in a video file.

Step 3: Now Play around and make changes to add effects which will take place live.

You can make changes in the form of Brightness, Hue etc. Other tabs like syncronization is there to add effects too.

4. Take Snapshot in VLC:

Many a times while watching a movie or random video we wish to take a snapshot of it but its too time consuming to Press Print screen button then open paint and all that Tedious stuff.

Fortunately VLC Comes witht the snapshot feature build in. All you need to do is Right click on the video while its playing, Hover your Mouse on Video option(in Context Menu) and Select Take Snapshot.

Its as Easy as that but Comes Very Handy at times.

5. Use Video as Desktop Wallpaper Using VLC:

VLC is the Only Media player that can do this for you. You can Replace your Desktop wallpaper with a Video Using none other than VLC media Player.

  • To do this, open VLC’s preferences window, click the Video icon, and select DirectX (DirectDraw)video output in the Output box. 
  • Restart VLC, and Load a video, and you’ll be able to click the Video menu and select Set as Wallpaper to turn the video into your desktop wallpaper.
  • When everything is  done, just change VLC’s Output setting back to Automatic and restart it.
6. 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.

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.

7. Listen To Online Radio: 

VLC includes hundreds of Shoutcast radio stations. You just need to enable it through Media>>> Services Discovery>>> Shoutcast radio listings. Now, open the Playlist and browse through the stations. 

8. Play Rar Files:

 Do you know VLC can play videos zipped inside RAR files? They play like normal video files and you can even use the seek bar. If the RAR file is split into several files, no problem. Just load the first part (.part001.rar) and it will automatically take the rest of the parts and play the whole file.

9. Subscribe To Podcasts

VLC can be used to stream podcasts, so you don’t need any additional software if you want to listen to podcasts at your PC. Just click the View menu in VLC and select Playlist. Hover over Podcasts in the sidebar, click the + button, and paste the address of a podcast’s feed into the box. You can then stream the podcast’s episodes from within VLC.

10. VLC Media Player Shortcuts

VLC has built-in shortcuts. There are people who are more used to using the keyboard than the mouse of their desktop or laptop and VLC Media Player has taken this into consideration. Here are the keyboard shortcuts in VLC Media Player.
  • f for Fullscreen
  • Space bar for Play or Pause
  • + to play the multimedia faster.
  • s for Stop.
  • Ctrl + q to Quit.
  • Ctrl + Up arrow key to make the volume higher.
  • Ctrl + Down arrow key to lower the volume.
  • m to mute the multimedia file.
  • Shift + Right arrow key to skip forward.
  • Shift + Left arrow key to skip backward.
  • Ctrl + T and enter the time you want the video to jump into.

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