Do you know which more things VLC media player can do?

VLC is the favorite media player for most people because it plays everything they throw at it without hiccups. No hunting for codec. But VLC can do a lot of other things as well. so lets see together which more things vlc mediaplayer can do . 

You can read more about what vlc can do in this article : Things you didn’t know VLC media player can do

Play iso files

If you downloaded a movie in the format .iso,you will have no need to extract it or mount the image , what you need to do is to just to open : Media –> Open file and browse the file movie.iso , Vlc will play the movie without any problems.



Add subtitles to movies or to your videos

VLC can play your video with external subtitles that you have downloaded from the web. You can download the subtitles from here :

In this post we will show you how to play external subtitles with VLC media player. There are two ways to do that.

Method One:

Change the name of your subtitle file to match the name of your video file. Lets say if you have a video my_movie.avi then you should rename your subtitle file to you don’t need to change the file extension just the name of file. So if you have subtitles in some other format lets say .ass then your subtitle file name would become my_movie.ass. Now make sure that your video and subtitle files are in the same folder. Then open your video with VLC media player, right click on the video screen go to Subtitles and you will see that your subtitles would already be enabled.

Method Two:

Open VLC media player go to File > Open File. In the Open… dialogue box press the Browse button to select your video file, then check the box “Use a Subtitles file” you will see that the File field below will get activated. Now press the Browse and locate the subtitles file on your computer. Press Ok and enjoy your video. This method is particularly useful if you are not happy by the font positioning or if your subtitles are out of sync. You can press “Advanced Settings…” button while selecting your subtitles file and adjust positioning and subtitle delay settings.

Add logo to your videos


This How To just explains how to use the logo filter in order to add a logo on your videos, like a TV.

First install vlc-nox


sudo apt-get install vlc-nox 

then go to the folder where you have your video + logo.png, in my case

cd /home/zinovsky/Videos

– In local :

vlc --sub-filter logo --logo-file logo.png video.avi 

– In streaming :

vlc –logo-file logo.png video.avi –sout “#transcode{vcodec=…,vb=…,sfilter=logo}:std{…}”

Be sure to have logo.png in same directory as video.avi , if your video is in other format than .avi then you have to change the format in the command above (Local and streaming ). ( In my case i used an .ogv format see screenshot bellow)

Make sure you do not specify –sub-filter logo, and that you specify a vcodec= value in the transcode part.

– Save the new video with logo localy


vlc --logo-file logo.png video.avi --sout "#transcode{vcodec=...,vb=...,sfilter=logo}:std{access=file,dst=new_video.avi }

In my case see the video with unixmen logo :


Control VLC Remotely

If you want to control VLC from a computer that is not the one running VLC then you will need to enable access in the .hosts file (from 0.9.6 onwards)

1- Add the files to be streamed to the playlist like /home/file.mpg (unless you use the UI to select the file in the next step)

2 -Add streaming destination to the server in the sout field udp://<client>:1234, using these steps in the UI:

Go to File -> Open File

Click Browse to select the file you want to play

Select Stream/Save and click Settings

Optional: Select Play Locally to make sure everything is working correctly

Select UDP and fill in the client IP address and port number (default: 1234)

Click OK, OK, and press play

3- Open VLC on the client to receive the video stream, in one of two ways:
– At the terminal, with vlc udp://@:1234

– Start up VLC normally Go to File -> Open network stream, leave the default options (Radio button UDP selected, port set to 1234) then press OK ( See bellow)

Quit or shutdown VLC after playback is over

You can quit VLC media player after playback is finished, by adding


to the playlist

If you want to Shut down computer when VLC playback is over

This is not a feature in vlc but a script can do it for you.

Create a .sh file

# !  /bin/sh
vlc  && shutdown -h now


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