Today we gonna be show you some interesting things about VLC Media player Started as an academic project is now the biggest Open Source media player in the world. But VLC out there is not just a media player. It has far more features you can ever imagine. You can convert media files format, can take the snapshot, add watermark and record screen and much more. To go through the number of hidden features VLC has could fill an entire wiki, which it does. So instead of you reading through the incredibly technical wiki, we have gathered the 12 best, VLC tricks and Hacks, you may not know.
1. Convert Any Media Files. Did you know that you can use VLC to convert your media files Into a wide variety of formats? The app lets you choose exactly how you would like to convert them or you can simply use a given preset. To start, go to Media ‘Convert or Save’, now click on ‘add’ button, and browser and select the video file, that you want to convert. Now click ‘Convert or Save’. From here you can select your desired codec or format to convert to. As we told earlier, we have here a wide verity of codec’s, otherwise, you can go here and customize these presets these presets even more, which will give you more freedom to convert any video files to a desired format. Now let me show you a sample conversion process before that go here and choose a destination to save the ‘convert’ file! And give the convert a new file name as well! Now click on save. And finally you have to, click on start! Now you can see the file is getting converted in real time. And the surprising factor, that the render progress, itself showing on the VLC timeline. And the converting process is just finished, I think, it handle the process pretty good! Overall we have to consider that the VLC is, mainly stands for, just as a media player. But let me say it’s packed with ton of power and features. Which we will reveal in a moment, Well. That only the first special feature that turns me on, there are lot more on the way. So let’s move on and check them out!
2. Play or Download Online Videos. You can actually use VLC to play and download online videos. You can use the full suite of tools to manipulate video playback or save them for later play. To start an online video, go to Media, Open Network Stream. Press the Network tab, enter the URL of the video and click Play. To save it, instead of Play, choose Convert. And you will see the video will download to your computer.
3. Record A Currently Playing Video/Audio. If you want to record and capture a snippet of a video that you are playing, VLC has an option to do so. To enable this feature, on the menu bar, click View, Advanced Controls. Now Extra buttons will appear on the app. While playing a media file, click on the Record button to start recording. Press it again to stop. Recordings will be saved in the Videos folder for videos, while audio will go to your Music folder. On the Mac version, go to the menu bar and click Playback Record or use the shortcut CMD + ALT + R.
4. Record Desktop. VLC is able to record a video of your desktop, acting as a screen recorder. To enable desktop recording, go to Media, Convert or Save. Go to the Capture Device tab and on the Capture mode drop-down menu, select Desktop. Select your frame rate under Desired frame rate for the capture and click on Convert or Save. Finally, select your codec and the destination and click Start. To stop recording, click the Stop button.
5. Record Webcam. You can record avideo in VLC using the webcam. Go to Media Open Capture Device and select DirectShow from the Capture mode drop menu. From here you will select the video and audio device from where it will capture. Click Play and VLC will stream from your webcam. Use VLC’s ability to record the currently playing video and you have yourself a webcam recorder.
6. Rip A DVD. Did you know you can use VLC to rip your DVD’s into your computer? It’s a simple way to create an archive of your DVD’s for backup purposes or a way to view them when you don’t have access to the physical disc. Go to Media Convert or Save and click on the Disc tab. Under Disc Selection, click on the radio button of the media disc you are using and check No disc menu. Make sure the selected Disc device is correct and click on Convert or Save. Choose the codec you wish to save in and save it with the extension that is compatible with your codec.
7. Video And Audio Effects. VLC gives you a multitude of tools that allows you to manipulate the video and audio of any given media. To see the tools available, go to Tools Effects And Filters. From here, you can adjust colors, crop, rotate video, add filters, etc. With audio, you get the usual equalizers to tune your music.
8. Add Watermarks On Video. You can add your own watermarks on a video through VLC. Bypass a need for a dedicated video editor to do so. Do remember though that you will need to use VLC’s recording feature to save the video with the watermark. To start, go to Tools Effects and Filters. Click on the Video Effects tab and under the Overlay tab, you will get options to either add in your logo or a simple text to the video.
9. Take A Snapshot, Ever need to take a snapshot of a video you are watching? VLC has a way to do so. Simply use the shortcut Shift + S on Windows and Linux, or CMD + ALT +S on OS X. The picture will be saved in your OS’s respective pictures folder.
10. Bookmark A Video. You can bookmark a part of a video, so that you can return to it later, on if you feel like replaying a certain part of a video. To bookmark a video, go to Playback, Custom Bookmarks, and Manage. The Edit Bookmarks, will pop up. Press the Create button when at a section of a video, you would like to bookmark.
11. Add Subtitles. If a video you have doesn’t come with subtitles, you can add your own by finding an SRT subtitle file for the video and adding it in. To add the subtitle, play your video and go to the Subtitle on the menu bar and click Add Subtitle File. If you want VLC to play it automatically, Place the SRT file in the same folder as the video and make sure it uses the same filename as the video file. So it’s time for the final one!
12. Adjust Playback Speed. This feature is incredibly useful when you are watching a media file primarily for the content, such as podcast, audio books, recorded lectures, et cetera. To start, press “Closing square bracket” to fast forward by 0.1x for each press. To slow it down, press “Opening square bracket” instead.On the Mac version, there is a slider to control playback speed, located in Playback.We hope these VLC tricks And Hacks will help you to use VLC player more efficiently.