VLC is one of the most popular open source, cross-platform media player and multi-media framework. It is the mostly used media player because it plays everything they throw at it without hiccups.
But did you know that VLC can do a lot of other things as well. Here we have listed out how many of these you have never tried.
1. Run/Install VLC from flash drives
VLC can be installed or run directly from a flash or other external drive. It is light weight and small in size.
2. Convert Audio and Video formats
You can use VLC to convert video and audio files from one format to another. Several different formats are supported like MP4, WMV, AVI, OGG, MP3 etc. To access the converter:
- Go to Media->Convert/Save.
- Load the file you want to convert using the Add button and click Convert.
- Now choose the output format and output file location.
3. Rip DVDs:
VLC includes a basic DVD ripper. You probably would never use it when there are better DVD rippers available, but it helps to know that you can in fact, get a decent quality DVD rip with VLC. To rip a movie follow these steps:
- Go to the Media->Convert/Save. Click on the Disc tab.
- Here you can adjust the Starting Position and rip only specific titles or chapters.
- Enter file name making sure to end with .MPG.
- Click Save.
4. Play RAR files
Do you know VLC can play videos zipped inside RAR files? They play like normal video files and you can even use the seek bar. If the RAR file is split into several files, no problem. Just load the first part (.part001.rar ) and it will automatically take the rest of the parts and play the whole file. If your computer is a little old, you might see small delays because VLC needs to unzip the files for running them.
5. AirTune Streaming
AirTunes is functionality for Apple’s Airport Express. This functionalities allows one to play media files on your home stereo speakers. This feature was initially developed to work with iTunes, but now VLC has officially added the support for AirTunes streaming as well.
6. Video Magnification/Zoom In & Out
Another intriguing feature is Video Magnification. Open Tools->Effects and Filters->Video Effects and under Geometry tab, enable Magnification/Zoom option, to let it zoom in/out the video. You will see a small window at top left corner with main magnification control. Fill in the triangle by clicking it to zoom into the video. To view the desired video portion, move the square capturing screen across the box.
7. Effortlessly use VLC player with other programs
Its my personal experience that powerful players that offer flexibility are very heavy on system resources. You can only play the player and your multi-tasking is literally paralyzed. That is just not the case with VLC. Whether you are playing ti on Mac, Windows or Linux, you will feel VLC is light and enables you to extensively multitask.
8. Screenshot your video
With VLC one can also take screenshots of videos, even during DVD playback. This is indeed a very attractive feature. To capture a snapshot go to Menubar->Video->Snapshot
9. Play subtitles
When playing a movie you might not always have the option of playing subtitles. In such a case you can download subtitles from website like moviesubtitles.org. You can either rename the subtitle file to match the name of your movie or you can browser the file to enable it. In the previous case (renaming the file) play the file and simply right-click on the screen and go to subtitles, you will be surprised! The subtitles are already enabled! In the later case, you can manually browse the subtitles file and enable it by File->File Open->Check the Use Subtitles checkbox ->browse the file->play.
10. Customize interface of VLC
VLC player gives the user the freedom to customize its interface. You may want to make the player look more colorful and fancy as by default the interface is fairly plain. You can accomplish it in 2 ways:
- Either customize the VLC player qt interface.
- Install skins
In the upcoming post we have introduced you to VLC players interface in detail.
11. Control VLC remotely
You can control VLC player remotely from a computer that does not even have VLC. all you need to do it to enable access in the .hosts file (from 0.9.6 onwards) and follow as below:
- 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)
- Add streaming destination to the server in the sout field udp://: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
- 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)
The technique was already illustrated here.