10 Little Known Tricks about VLC Media Player to Squeeze Most out of its Versatility

VLC is a free multimedia player used by huge number of users and favorite of many. When you ask “why” , answer begins with- ease of use, codec, speed, reliability but above all, the concept of ” versatility “. Famous Orange Cone is much more than a Video Player.

This article is a list of some useful tricks which could be performed on VLC Media Player. Transform, convert, broadcast and capture are the new verbs apart from “play” with VLC Media Player.

Some of these are useful while there are some which are meant just for fun.

1. Jigsaw Puzzle Game on VLC Video

The playback of video could be broken down into number of parts / pieces similar to what we have in Puzzle Games.

Tools > Effects and Filters > Video Effects > Geometry > Enable Puzzle Game and select number of Columns and rows on screen.

2. Make Artistic Sketch

Gradient Effect on VLC Media player could show Video as if its a sketch drawn by an Artist on Canvas.

Tools > Effects and Filters > Video Effects > Image Modification > check on Gradient

3. Add Logo / Watermark on Video

Though we have already covered a article on how to add Image Logo / Watermark on Video but if you want to have a temporary logo on the video only during playback in presentation, then VLC can do that too.

Tools > Effects and Filters > Video Effects > Logo > Check on Logo and give the file location of Image File either PNG or JPG.

4. Inbuilt Video Converter

When I say it’s more than a payer then you can expect common Multimedia features in VLC. It can convert any video to most popular Video formats without need of any extra software.

Media > Convert/ Save >Add File > Convert > Select Output format and directory to start processing video

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5. Inception / Desktop inside Desktop Effect

Not so useful, Meant just for fun to see your Desktop screen go upto infinity.

Media > Open Network Stream > Type screen:// and Hit play button

6. Video Streaming

Not just Local Files (Saved on Compute) but also online media could be played on VLC directly.

You just need to have Video URL which has to be put in Media > Open Network Stream >Enter URL and Play. This could be even Youtube URL to play Youtube Videos on VLC or even Dailymotion and other popular online Video libraries.

7. Play RAR files / Splitted video Parts

Movie when downloaded from internet comes in several parts with extension .001 .002 which are splitted using WinRAR. You no more need another software to join those files for playback. Just drag the .001 file into VLC Player and you are ready to watch the movie.

8. Record from WebCam

Media > Open Capture Device and Play after selecting the WebCam. In my case, it was integrated Webcam to my Laptop.

9. Download Online Media / Streaming Videos

While online media is playing then you can obtain a direct link to download it using VLC. Go to Tools > Codec Information and at the bottom, you will find address of file in Location box.

Alternatively, we can do it by just using Record Option to capture live streaming of video.

Enable Advanced Control from View menu and you will see RECORD button (Red circle)

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10. Video Screenshots

You may want to capture some video still and export into JPG / PNG Image file then VLC has Snapshot feature. Right on Video Playback screen and click on Snapshot.

Image file will be saved to the directory you have mentioned in Preferences of VLC.

Were you aware that these all functions could be done using simple Media player? Imagine how many software could be trashed off from your computer which were meant to perform those small operations mentioned above.

Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 25 comments
Ajay Patel - November 30, 2011

very nice information and the screen shots which is used here make it very easy to understand. great keep it up

Shivanand - November 30, 2011

This is awesome buddy! Thanks!

Sriram - December 1, 2011

Pretty useful. Thanks for sharing.

abhi_12ka4 - December 1, 2011

nice dude……….

Sanjeet - December 1, 2011


srinusmart - December 1, 2011

Thanks for your post Dude. I’m Converting the video’s easily 🙂 without using any software

Logan - December 2, 2011

Inbuilt Video Converter

I am not able to convert any video 🙁
It asks for a destination file.., some container file.., what do we type there ?

    Rohit Langde - December 2, 2011

    It is asking for the file name which will contain the output / converted video. Similar to “Save As” option. Type any name and click save, then select profile to start conversion process.

Logan - December 6, 2011

I am facing following error:

Streaming / Transcoding failed:
VLC could not open the encoder.

What could be the reason ?

    Rohit Langde - December 11, 2011

    Is it with YouTube? Even I faced random errors. Maybe YouTube has stopped allowing VLC to stream. However, the video shown above is from Dailymotion which still works.

MANISH - December 8, 2011

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2. USB Security or usb cleaner.
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4. Advance System Cleaner.
5. Shutdown with 5 mb software eg.window turn on.

With Regards

    dervish - January 17, 2012

    I’m sure he will get right on that.

Jerin Jose - December 23, 2011

Awesome post. I have been using VLC since years, but i never knew some of these tricks like Inception Effect and Video Converter.

Prateek Bansal - February 3, 2013

I never knew VLC player can do so many things. I never used it other than just watching videos. Thanks a ton for sharing this.

Hari krishna - March 12, 2013

It’s very useful matter for all VLC users. All this shortcuts,tips and tricks make the usage of VLC easy and reduce the waste of the time. jump in time in the vlc is very attractive for vlc it’s accurate time that what we are searching for and the working of URL link download is also nice.

prasad - March 13, 2013

very good tricks…..
good wrk………

uknown haxor - March 14, 2013

i using vlc in linux to convert flv 2 avi h264… but if i use other than mp3 sound then it make video without sound track wtf? 🙂 where is problem, anybody know it? thanx

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Vishesh Kachheda - April 2, 2013

Wow, Awesome post!
I didn’t knew about many of them. Specially the video downloader one is real good.

Raman@totalmedianews - June 29, 2013

very nice tricks…
Playing RAR files / Splitted video Parts is sometimes a real headache….
Thanx for sharing the article…

Harsh - August 28, 2013

Awesome !!

Indscribe - November 6, 2013

Good info Rohit ji. Came to your blog after sometime. At least, 2-3 tips are really helpful to me.


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