Short Bytes: The name VLC needs no introduction. Although most people perceive it only as a simple media player but hidden beneath are tons of surprisingly unheard features. Here are some amazing VLC Tricks & Hidden Features which will help to take your VLC experience to a totally new level.
A wise man once said that “When nothing works, VLC does.” Okay, the existence of this saying is probably as questionable as the existence of the wise man in the first place. But you surely can’t deny the versatility of VLC.
With its ability to play almost any codec or format, it is no surprise that it has become the world’s biggest open source media player. In fact, it even has an entire wiki of its own.
Were you aware that you could use VLC to convert media files, or rip a DVD or even download YouTube videos? Sounds amazing right, wait till you find out all the VLC tricks and hidden features and tricks that we have compiled for you
Why go through the pain of especially downloading a software to convert your audio and video files, when you have VLC at your disposal!
In order to do this-
VLC also makes it possible for you to capture the video/audio file that you are currently playing. All your video recordings are saved to the “Videos” folder and the audio recordings to the “Music” folder. To enable this feature:
Amongst its treasure trove of features, another gem is VLC’s ability to function as a screen and webcam recorder.
To use VLC as a desktop recorder follow these steps:
Now to use VLC as a webcam recorder, follow these steps:
Using the Print Screen method to capture snapshots of a video is not always the best option, luckily VLC has a provision for this as well.
In order to take a snapshot, simply right click, go to Video > Take Snapshot. You can also simply use the keyboard shortcut SHIFT+S on Windows/Linux or CMD+ALT+S on OS X. The picture is saved in the OS’s Pictures folder.
Ever had to close your media player and leave a video in between, only to return later and struggle to find the point where you left off? Well, you can bid adieu to this problem of yours with this VLC trick.
To bookmark a portion of a video, all you have to do is:
Just when you thought things couldn’t become any cooler, VLC throws in another fantastic hidden feature. Did you know you could use your Desktop as a playback screen for a video that you are playing in VLC! To do this, just open the video, head to Video > Set as Wallpaper and then sit back & enjoy.
Downloading an entire video editor just to add a watermark onto a video seems like a bit too much? Doesn’t it. Well, you can save yourself a lot of time and effort by utilizing VLC for this purpose. Here is how:
In order to save the video with the watermark, use VLC’s Record feature that we have demonstrated above.
Feeling awed with VLC by now? Wait till you check out the spectrum of Audio and Video Effects provided by VLC. You can adjust the brightness, crop videos, rotate them, synchronize your audio or even add effects like Motion and Spatial blur to name a few. To access these tools, just go to Tools > Effects & Filters and let yourself loose.
Another one of VLC’s neat features is its ability to stream Internet Radio stations and being utilized as a podcast manager. You can access Internet Radio services like Icecast Radio directory or Jamendo Selections or even add the RSS for your podcast to listen to it anytime you want. Neat, right?
In order to listen to Internet Radio Channels, simply head to the Playlist sidebar and under the Internet, you shall find all the Internet Radio services.
In case the provided stations are not to your liking, simply fetch your favorite station’s URL. Go to Media > Open Network Stream…, enter the URL and press Play in order to begin listening.
For subscribing to podcasts, simply:
VLC is so powerful that it can be even used to rip a DVD onto your computer. This feature comes in handy when you don’t have physical access the disk. All you need to do is follow these steps:
If all these hidden VLC features and tricks did not catch your eye, there is always the option of extending the functionality of your VLC media player by installing the various plugins and extensions available on VLC’s website.
As a bonus, we would also like to share some fun VLC tricks with you, in case you are looking to wind down and have some fun with the software.
To enable this cool feature:
Prepare to be dazed by this one, just:
Here is another one of the interesting VLC tricks that will keep you engrossed.
So this marks the end of our list of VLC Tricks and Hidden Features. We hope that you would have found some of these useful. If you have some other tips and tricks up your sleeve, do share them with us in the comments below.
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