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10 Hidden Features Of VLC Media Player

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VLC media player is the most used video player .it runs any kind of video formats like .mp4 ,mpg, blur ray, etc. you can download due to its amazing ability to play almost any codec you want. This alone makes this app a worthy addition to your software suite. While most people use VLC as a simple video player, but it makes more use on other rather than a simple video player. VLC is the Swiss Army Knife of video players with features that are secret and unknown to the casual user.


Now time to make the most out of your shiny new software program. VLC is an awesome video and media player - this, everybody will tell you. But you can do  more with it. In this article we will learn to 10 hidden tips and tricks of VLC Media player.


1. Convert Video File From One Format To Another Format. :

Did you know that you can use VLC to convert your media files into a wide variety of formats?  Such like mp4, buleray , mpg. This application lets you choose exactly how you would like to convert them or you can simply use a given preset.


Go to Media > Convert / Save (Alternatively you can Press CTRL + R to go directly to the window). Browse from add button your media file. Click on convert / save.



Choose the desired codec to Convert to from the drop down. Choose the destination folder by browsing to the relevant location on your PC. Finally click on start button to initialize the process.

 2. Record Your Desktop :

Desktop recording software ranges from poor quality and free to incredibly powerful and expensive. VLC manages to strike a balance between both. In our tests, it wasn't powerful enough to, say, screen record a movie. However, for showing someone a problem you're having on a computer or providing quick instructions on how to perform a task, it's more than enough.


Under Media, click "Open Capture Device".

Click the "Capture Mode" dropdown and select "Desktop".

Modify the frame rate. 15 f/s will probably be good enough for desktop recording, though 30 may be required for more fast-paced movement.

Click the dropdown arrow next to "Play" and select "Convert".

In the "Profile" dropdown, choose MP4.

At this step, you can click the tool icon to modify the settings of this profile. Here you can modify things like resolution or bitrate. We'll use the default settings for now, but you can come back here later if you need to tweak the final product. 

In the Destination box, choose a location to place the finished file.

Click Start.

Once you click Start, VLC will stream a feed of your desktop into itself behind the scenes. Let it run while you record your workspace. When you're done, you can click the stop buton in the player controls to end recording.


3. Record A Part Of Video Playing On VLC :

 If you want to record and capture a snippet of a video that you are playing, VLC has an option to do so.

Go to View > Advanced controls and check Advanced controls option.

A new options bar will pop up just above the playing control button of vlc in the bottom of the video.

Now, Click on the red record button to start recording the video and click it again to stop recording it.

Alternatively, you cal also press Shift + R to start recording and again Press Shift + R to stop recording the video.


 Note that the videos will be saved by default in videos folder in windows. To change the saving location of the recorded videos -

Go to Tools > Preferences >Input&codecs and Record directory or Filename.

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 4. Use VLC As A Webcam Recorder :

Your webcam may or may not have come with software to take pictures and record videos. However, chances are VLC has some advantages over both. Not only can you choose several different types of formats to record to, you can also tweak a number of fine grain settings if needed. This is helpful for making YouTube videos or recording video messages to send to friends or relatives. Here's how to record video from your webcam:

Under Media, click Open Capture Device.
In the "Capture mode" drop down, select DirectShow.
For "Video device name" choose your webcam.
For "Audio device name" choose your microphone.



Click "Advanced options" -

                                               

1. If you want to use the software that came with your device to control input settings, choose "Device properties".

  2. Otherwise, enter a value for "Video input frame rate" 30 is a good rule of thumb for smooth video, though you can use less if you're not concerned about quality.

                                                   3. Click Okay. That's It!
5. Take A Snapshot Of The Video With VLC :

This is the easiest and coolest feature of VLC player. While playing a video, if you want to take a screenshot-



Just press shift + s for Windows users.

Just press Linux or CMD + ALT + S for OS X users.

6. Remote Control VLC From A Browser :

There is an option available to use a web browser as a simple remote control for VLC. This is incredibly useful when running VLC on a media center PC, as you can control it using a laptop or your mobile phone. To enable this feature -


Go to Tools > Preference, and click the radio box All under Show settings.

Next, go to Interface > Main Interface and tick the Web check box.

Then, under Interface > Main >Lua, set the Lua HTTP Password.

Remote control through the browser should now be enabled.


7.Add Watermark To The Video :

You can add your own watermarks on a video through VLC, bypassing 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 and then go to video effects and then overlay tab.

Now Browse to add your logo here. You can re position it by giving setting it in top and left in px.

Once the logo is added, start playing the video and also record it.


10. Subscribe to Podcasts :

If you are looking for a very simple podcast subscription app, VLC can fill that need. You can use the app to subscribe to your favorite video and audio podcast and view them all within the app.

 Once you've found the RSS feed for the podcast you want to keep up with, follow these steps: 


In VLC's sidebar, scroll down until you see Podcasts.

Hover your mouse over Podcasts and click the plus sign on the right.

Paste the RSS feed URL of the show you want to add.

Click OK. That's it!

Now, your podcast of choice will appear in the Podcasts sidebar section. Click on the name of a show and you'll see a list of available episodes. Double click on any one of them to start streaming.

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