81 responses

  1. yogieza
    April 11, 2011

    I agree,i’m always using vlc for play video in debian 6

  2. Rob
    April 11, 2011

    Can VLC remember last played positions of videos yet? This basic function is long over due.

  3. Simon
    April 12, 2011


    Use VLC with any system user that you damn well please.

  4. eGrove System
    April 12, 2011

    this is good news for the VLC Media user like me, am always using VLC only even if i have more medias. cause this only be as comfortable to use. and its rarely gives problem. good products and thanks for the products and for this post.

  5. Podsgrove
    April 12, 2011

    Two things I don’t know how to do with VLC:
    1. Make it my default player in Ubuntu, which otherwise defaults to Mplayer.
    2. Make it default to random play when I right click on a folder of music tracks and choose ‘open with VLC’.
    Can anybody put me wise?

    • Zinovsky
      April 12, 2011

      Podsgrove, please follow the instructions in this post to change the default program in Ubuntu [url=http://www.unixmen.com/linux-tutorials/670-quick-tips-change-the-default-program-on-ubuntu]click here[/url]

  6. bk
    April 12, 2011

    Yawn. A lot of those features are redundant and boring. Skinning? Lol — big deal.


  7. marco
    April 12, 2011

    Can you explain how vlc is supposed to convert pdf to mp3/mp4? (point 7)

  8. Innocent Bystander
    April 12, 2011

    Just curious, what is the reason VLC is not the default player in Ubuntu or LinuxMint?

  9. Podsgrove
    April 12, 2011

    Thank you, Zinovsky

  10. sc
    April 12, 2011

    You can also use it for karaoke. I open an mp3 and vlc will automatically load the cdg file providing that you have it in the same folder. Very nice program.

  11. ginjabunny
    April 12, 2011

    also, record live internet radio stream to mp3, I do this on my Ubuntu server so I can listen to programs on my mp3 player, took a bit of figuring out

    vlc -I "dummy" –quiet –no-video –sout "#transcode{aenc=ffmpeg,acodec=mp3,ab=128,channels=2,samplerate=44100}:std{access=file,mux=ffmpeg,dst=output.mp3}" playlist.pls

  12. AC
    April 12, 2011

    Is/will VLC be available for the ARM architecture (Cortex A8/A9) in Ubuntu 11.04? I am thinking if buying an ARM based mini laptop, but if I can’t get VLC for it, I’ll get something else.

  13. biq
    April 12, 2011

    play dvb-t … for example with usb dvb-t dongle.

  14. jack
    April 13, 2011

    Wow… I really didnt know about 10 of them.

    Converting video files?


    First post of this kind that ive ever forwarded to others.

  15. louigi
    April 14, 2011

    VLC is a great tool, however

    1. It will not ignore all the region coding – latest DRM VLC cannot beat and I have several cds which can only be read with the help of special cracking software.

    2. A lot of the features are difficult to use. For instance, conversion tool for most of the time delivers empty files, because you either happened to input some parameters it did not like or who knows what. Most of the time I would not be able to convert files using vlc – it just doesn;t work.

    3. on a more general note, vlc features require good technical knowledge, lots of things you have to write in the command line or else know PRECISELY what combination of parameters to enter to make it all work.

    • SubgeniusD
      April 22, 2011

      Conversion doesn’t work in Win 7 x64 either. At least audio to mp3 and video from flv.

      When those 2 common format conversions failed I just dismissed this VLC functions as irrelevant.

      So many other free, effective conversion pgms available for Windows and Linux.

  16. drew Roberts
    April 14, 2011

    I am trying to figure a way to get it to play a series of videos under program control while not "blinking" between videos. Do you know of a way to do this?

  17. Ant
    April 14, 2011

    System TRY?

  18. gnuzer
    April 14, 2011

    26 – Be put in jail for using a FLOSS which is able to play DRM-protected content.

  19. eGrove System
    April 15, 2011

    this is my pleasure to say about VLC player, it has wonder options to use in manually

  20. astenorh
    April 17, 2011

    The script given doesn’t shut down vlc after playing, but the whole operating system.

  21. kacy
    April 21, 2011

    I see on youtube people getting shoutcast tv and movies on the older VLC’s but there does’nt seem to be a way on the newer VLC. Anyone know how or steps to get these?

  22. alejandro
    April 29, 2011

    Some more tips:
    * View videos at faster or slower speeds. Really saves you some time when watching talks… your brain really can process information much quicker than how [some] people talk =)

    * You can also use this script (on Linux) to use VLC to view the currently-downloading video from your browser (for instance, from YouTube, Vimeo and others). http://www.explodingpenguin.tv/2011/03/20/play-flash-video-in-vlc-and-save-after-flash-10-2-update-in-linux/ For me VLC provides a MUCH better full-screen viewing experience; plus, the fact that I can slow down/speed up the video really makes it worthwhile =)

  23. Duncan Murimi
    May 5, 2011

    Wish VLC could resume last position i played on a file and resume from there. would totally make it total king of players.

  24. Gagarin
    May 25, 2011

    Rar and iso playback is great feature thanks for the tip.

    One BIG minus of VLC is the tiny tainy seekbar in full screen. I know it is already a ticket #3120, but could somebody please look into it? I sometimes want to go back like a minute for instant replay but it is not precise enough :-(

  25. gouchout
    June 1, 2011

    Its my favourite media player – I use it on my Debian wheezy box & if I have to use Windows I can still use VLC. The Firefox plugin is pretty good too. Its nice to read some cheerful advocacy for Free software – not everyone is a uber-geek & this is a "How-To" site after all.It’s this kind of app that beats the pants off Windows – I’m always amazed that MS software is supposed to be easy to use. Yeah, sure, if you buy a Dell, say, & never ever change anything. But as soon as you need a driver or have a problem, off you go into a maze of dodgy driver sites & even dodgier codec sites, etc etc. It takes real IT knowledge to get anywhere at all & not get trojaned on the way.
    Compared to that, Linux & Debian based distros in particular are a massive beath of fresh air. If you can’t get the software you want with a quick apt-get, there’ll be a wealth of safe,friendly forums & sites like this one to sort you out quickly. I have to use Windows & a lot of closed software at work as an App Dev – I’d go mad if I couldn’t come home to Debian. :-)

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  30. john
    August 27, 2011

    NEVER. EVER. USE _GREY_ font on white background! EVER! Are you trying to _destroy_ peoples eyesight????
    Are you sadists???

  31. joe G
    September 6, 2011

    Hi VLC is a brilliant box of audio and video tools.
    Please kindly advise … can VLC be customised so special settings can be saved to a preset menu for one button select ?
    yours faithfully.
    Joseph G.

  32. joe G
    September 6, 2011

    Can VLC keep personal settings for future video playback ?

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  35. speedymac
    September 17, 2011

    can anyone direct me to a site with a step by step insructions on how to record live streams that work as hav e tried several & not one of them work im useing the most recent vlc player 1.1 not 1.0 it would be a great help.Thank You

  36. Anon
    September 17, 2011


    • speedymac
      September 17, 2011

      i don’t get it

  37. Azib Yaqoob
    September 22, 2011

    This is really helpful article. I want to know if there is a way to add Logo in video just using VLC no other tools

  38. Yoda
    November 4, 2011

    I cannot get VLC to play blue ray dvds

  39. pradeep belagal
    November 11, 2011

    vlc much better than other media players, however i am unable to play second dat file format. (first is recognized played automatically (using Ubuntu 10.04)

  40. mohammed wasim
    November 16, 2011

    what about streaming video…..can it pick up streams through wifi

  41. Shane
    November 20, 2011

    A lot of these points are redundant and are not due to VLC’s capabilities.

  42. Ubu
    November 23, 2011

    Silly question but can VLC serve files (audio and video) to the outside Internet if I give someone the link to some sort of online media player I build into a web page? I currently already have many web pages online that I can access. I am hoping to easily share quick little audio or video files via the web with friends I provide the link.
    I post a link in a private forum I belong to. (http://foo.com/mymedia)
    They click on that and it brings up a GUI media player which allows them to chose files I am allowing to be seen by the media GUI player. They click on what they want and hit play. Done. I have been googling for awhile but can find anything. I run Ubuntu 10.04 on my web server. Apache2, MySQL, etc etc. thanks for any info u could point me to!

  43. richard
    November 26, 2011

    No bookmarks ? You have got to be kidding me, there is no functioning bookmark feature in this program, close the file and loose any bookmarks you have created.
    You have to use a stupid workaround using the save playlist, It is frustrating and counter productive.
    It renders this otherwise brilliant piece of software totally unusable for a lot of people.
    What’s worse is the developers actually defend the fact there is no decent save bookmarks feature, apparently the function is "in use" by another feature of the software.

    Ironically the worst person with ideas about a softwares UI is the developer.

  44. Drey
    December 5, 2011

    ascii mode is cool! Thanks!
    pity that You can’t play ascii fulscreen.

  45. Open Office
    January 24, 2012

    Thanks i got this but never even realized you could do all that thanks for the heads up.

  46. Anonymous
    January 30, 2012

    Pretty cool.  Thanks.  Love VLC.

  47. Dhirajsaxenarjit
    February 2, 2012

    Could you please give more details about –  
    AirTune  Streaming & 
    Add Logo to your video like a TV ?

    February 7, 2012

    can i record as mp3 of video file

  49. Chris Mac
    February 8, 2012

    what about inputing audio from say, my dj mixer, and playing over air tunes around the house? a serato plugin would be awesome! lol

  50. Anonymous
    February 15, 2012

    How about 3D video?

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    February 15, 2012

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  52. Opponent
    February 27, 2012

    Nice article.

  53. Ralph Brubaker
    March 5, 2012

    Can I play several files one after the other?
    I want to take a bath, and watch a few episodes of The Simpsons without leaving the tub.

    • Amirul Abu
      March 19, 2012

      use playlist

    • Roger
      May 8, 2012

      CTRL + L = open playlist

      then drag and drop all the videos you want to read…order them, etc

  54. Gary Johnson
    March 22, 2012

    Using the “slower” play function on an MP3 is it possible to save or record this file at the slower speed? IE playing a song at the “slower(fine) mode it would be great to save it at that playback speed.  Thanks, Gary

  55. Fi
    April 16, 2012

    One of my favorite features which I think should also be mentioned in this article:

    If you happen to have one of those video files in which the sound and the video are out of sync.
    You can use VLC to synchronize sound and video again.

    • Magalaan
      September 26, 2013

      Yes I love it too for its quality.
      But I hardly use it

      Because it has one fatal flaw
      It does not remember last position played
      We have been asking that for four years now
      They do not see the need

      they only produced a buggy plugin

  56. SPS
    April 22, 2012

    Is it possible to view tracks in the Shuffle mode at the top of the list or highlighted so I don’t have to scroll to see what album they belong to? Looking for a solution similar to iTunes shuffled lists, where the tracks are shuffled and shown in order they will be playing.

  57. Jaskaran singh
    May 11, 2012

     how to  view total duration of videos in vlc player

  58. J.Travolta Masseuse Lovr
    May 20, 2012

    > #10 sudo apt-get install vlc-nox mono-devel

    I think not.

    just when you thought you get rid of a disease, the NET penis envy crowd reappears somwhere… mono/NET is really like an STD…

  59. Mike TGS
    September 11, 2012

    Wow, lot’s of good stuff! One thing I do with VLC is capture any MS
    Window by bringing up VLC with an empty image, click on the window of
    interest, press ESC and PrtScntogether and Ctrl-v into the VLC window. It will automatically size the image, then you can save it anywhere you ‘d like.. I use AHK to assign scipts to my win +P and win+q to do this automatically.

  60. dingle
    October 8, 2012

    how do i have a VLC video opened and kept to the front while multitasking with other applications.

    • vlc
      July 28, 2013

      from menu bar, Video – Always on top

  61. Rich Wendel
    May 3, 2013

    Great to find VLC goodies on unixmen, after 17 years of search. Excellent site.

  62. user1012
    May 29, 2013

    LOL IT CONVERTS VIDEOS? -> VLC EPIC FAIL AT VIDEO CONVERSION. BUT ITS GOOD FOR WATCHING VIDEOS AND LISTENING MUSIC THATS ABOUT IT. ffmpeg is more reliable via terminal for video conversion that this feature in VLC that hardly anyone know about you said. seriously. *face to plam* Another thing mono sucks, there are better alternatives to use than momo frame work, when developing software.

    • Anders Jackson
      June 18, 2013

      As I understand it so do VLC use same encoders as ffmpeg. And yes, there are less code that can break when you use command line instead of a graphical UI.

      And may I ask what mono has to do with VLC? *facepalm*

  63. SuperAxel
    June 3, 2013

    Hello! I’am searching a way to remember my position on a track so that I can create playlist with the best moment of everysong, Is it possible to do on VLC? Is there a mediaplayer that can do that?

    • Richard
      June 20, 2013

      I have been searching for a solution to that problem too but with videos. I can’t see anyway to make VLC do this. And nobody can tell me how.
      However, I did find a media player called Movist that does it. I will never understand why VLC, the best in my opinion, does not design this feature into their player.

  64. merdenoire
    August 11, 2013

    VLC also plays mp3 karaoke (cdg) files.

  65. avs
    November 7, 2013

    Easy to disprove the hypothetical B.S. that VLC is region code free. I just tried different DVDs with different region codes and if the region changed in the VLC player it would changed in the Media Player. Basically my computer has got two Media Player Files. One called VLC and the other called Media Player.

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