VLC Media Player 6 Hidden Tips and Tricks

VLC Media Player 6 Hidden Tips and Tricks

VLC Media Player is one of my favorite media player for several reasons including portability and flexibility. It is one of the most commonly used media player because of the above factors. But a very do know of the several great and useful features that normally aren’t noticed easily. This tutorial makes your experience with VLC Media Player more fun and entertaining.

1. Watch YouTube Videos in VLC Media Player:

Since VLC Media Player supports Open Network stream feature you can stream videos directly from YouTube.

Step 1: Open VLC Media Player and click on Media and then click on Open Network Stream. If your’re too lazy like me you can remember a shortcut Ctrl+N.

Step 2: Open your YouTube video link and copy paste the url (for eg. https://www.youtube.com/watch?^%#*)  and then hit Enter (or Return for Mac).

Step 3: Enjoy the video!

2. Take a Snapshot in VLC Media Player:

Taking Snapshots is a very old trick. Prt Scr and then pasting it in paint. However, it is very cumbersome. Fortunately, VLC Media Player comes with a built in snapshot functionality. All you need to do while your video is playing is Right Click>Video>Take Snapshot.

3. VLC Media Player Audio and Video Tweaks:

Sometimes with the rips available online it may happen that that your audio and video of the track may appear out of sync. For such situations VLC Media Player provides you with a simple fix: Open VLC Media Player and click on Tools>Effects and Filters. There you’ll find a plenty of options including Brightness, Hue, etc. You can control the track audio by pressing keys J or K in case it is out sync with video. Similarly you can get subtitles in sync by pressing keys G or H.

4. Video Conversion with VLC Media Player:

This feature may not be as popular as other features among users but VLC Media Player does provide you with an option of converting videos from the player itself.

Step 1: Open VLC Media Player and click on Media which is located at top right corner. Then select Convert/Save. You can also click Ctrl + R alternatively.

Step 2: When the window pops up, simply select Add and then choose the file you want to convert.

Step 3: Select the type of file you want to convert it into. You can also tweak the video encoding.

5. Use Video as Desktop Wallpaper using VLC Media Player:

You read that right! You can replace your desktop wallpaper with a video using VLC Media Player. To do this:

Step 1: Open Preferences>Video>Direct X(Direct Draw) output in the output box.

Step 2: Restart VLC Media Player 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.

Step 3: When everything is done, just change the VLC Media Player’s output setting back to automatic and restart it.

6. Try this out:

Open VLC Media Player and press Ctrl + N and then type screen://  and the press enter.

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