tips for VLC Player: VLC is probably the most versatile video player you can download because of its incredible ability to read almost any codec you throw at it. This alone makes this app an interesting addition to your software suite. While most people use VLC as a simple video player, it’s much more than that. VLC is the Swiss army knife for video players with hidden features unknown to the casual user.
These features include the ability to make video recordings, play radio and video on the Internet, and edit them easily; Just to name a few. To review the number of hidden features, VLC can fill an entire wiki. So, instead of reading the incredibly technical wiki, we’ve put together the top 10 VLC tips and tricks you may not know.
Note: The tips for VLC Player included here are made using the Windows version of VLC.
1. Convert media files
Did you know that you can use VLC to convert your media files into a wide variety of formats? The application allows you to choose exactly how you want to convert them or you can simply use a preset.
To get started, go to Media> Convert / Save, add a file and click Convert / Save. From there, you will select the desired codec to convert.
2. Read / download videos online
You can actually use VLC to play and download videos online. You can use the full suite of tools to manipulate video playback or save them for later playback.
To start an online video, go to Media> Open Network Stream. Tap the Network tab, enter the URL for the video, and click Play. To save it, instead of playing, choose Convert.
3. Save a video / audio being played
If you want to record and capture an excerpt from a video you play, VLC can do it. To enable this feature, on the menu bar, click View> Advanced Controls. Additional buttons will appear on the application. When playing a media file, click the Record button to start recording. Press again to stop.
The recordings will be saved in the Videos folder for videos while the sound will go to your Music folder. On the Mac version, go to the menu bar and click Play> Save or use the CMD + ALT + R shortcut.
4. Video recording of your desktop
VLC is able to record a video from your desktop, acting as a screen recorder. To turn on desktop recording, go to Media> Convert / Save. Navigate to the Capture Device tab and, from the Capture Mode drop-down menu, select Desktop. Select your frame rate under Frame rate desired for capture and click Convert / Save. Finally, select your codec and destination and click Start. To stop recording, click the Stop button.
5. Record a video with the webcam
You can record a video in VLC using the webcam. Go to Media> Open Capture Device and select DirectShow from the Capture Mode drop-down menu. From there, you will select the video and audio device from which it will be captured. Click Play and VLC will stream from your webcam. Use VLC’s ability to record videos during playback and to yourself a webcam recorder.
6. Control VLC remotely from a browser
There is an option available to use a web browser as a simple remote control for VLC. This is extremely useful when running VLC on a Media Center PC because you can control it using a laptop or your mobile phone.
To enable this feature, go to Tools> Preferences and click the All button under Show Settings.
To test this, on your browser with VLC installed, go to localhost: 8080. It will ask for the password and once given, it should display a remote control interface for VLC. To use it on another device, you will need to find the IP address of your device’s browser. Add the address on your device’s browser with: 8080 added, for example 184.108.40.206:8080. Your device is now a simple VLC remote.
7. Video and audio effects
VLC offers a multitude of tools that allow you to manipulate the video and audio of a given media. To see the tools available, go to Tools> Effects and Filters. From there, you will see tabs containing A / V manipulation tools. On the video side, you can adjust colors, crop, rotate video, add filters, and more. With audio, you get the usual EQs to tune your music.
8. Listen to the radio on the internet
VLC provides Internet radio channels on the sidebar of your playlist so you can browse and search for online radio stations. If the stations you are interested in do not interest you, you can play your favorite channel by getting the station’s URL and opening it by using Media> Open Network Stream.
9. Add watermarks on the video
You can add your own watermarks to a video via VLC, without going through a dedicated video editor. Remember, however, that you will need to use the VLC recording feature to record the video with the watermark.
To get started, go to Tools> Effects and Filters. Click the Video Effects tab and under the Overlay tab, you’ll get options to add your logo or a simple text to the video.
10. Add subtitles
If a video you have does not come with subtitles, you can add your own by finding an SRT subtitle file for the video and adding it. To add the subtitle, play your video and go to subtitle in the menu bar and click Add Subtitle File. If you want VLC to play it automatically, put the SRT file in the same folder as the video and make sure it uses the same file name as the video file.