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5 VLC Media Player Hidden Features You Didn’t Know Existed

VLC media player hidden features

5 VLC Media Player Hidden Features :  VLC is a free software cross-platform multimedia player and framework is one of the best and most popular media players at present moment .

It is a great media player that can play almost all type of format . It does not require any codecs to play any kind of play .

One of reasons for being best is VLC is  open source and its ease of use and its ability to play almost any kind of audio and video irrespective of being damaged , incomplete or unfinished .

You can do some more cool stuff with VLC media , it’s capabilities are far more than you can think about it . There are lots of hidden features available in VLC .  You will love to explore these VLC media player hidden features .

5 VLC Media Player Hidden Features

1.) Convert Video Files

Have you ever come up with a situation like you have to download some specific type of file but you are unable to do so .

Than you download numerous apps to convert that file .

To convert a media simply go to Media    –> Convert/Save .  Then click on Add button ,  then choose any desired video file and then click on Convert/Save  as shown in figure .

VLC convert

After you will click on Convert/Save , you will come to next Screen , now , choose which type of file you want .

You can choose your Destination . By clicking on browse button , then click on start . As shown in figure .

Convert VLC file



2.) Play and Download YouTube Videos :

Downloading YouTube videos …. Yes , you heard it right and VLC supports it . Though it does not support direct download of YouTube videos. It can help you to directly download link of your desired YouTube video in just few simple steps .

To Watch a YouTube video , Go to Media  > Open Network Stream and Paste the YouTube URL of the video you want to watch . It will start playing after a couple of seconds of loading .

open network stream VLC


To Download that video , While Video is playing , Go to Tools > Codecs information , Then at the bottom , you will see location , inside location you will see URL , click and select all , then copy that URL and paste that url on Your Browser .  After pasting that URL , you will be able see , Video is playing , now right click and click on Save Video as . That’s it .


3.) Record your Desktop  :

We sometime need to record our desktop’s screen but for record we have to download some software for that . We have VLC that can do recording job for free .

To enable screen capture , follow the following step , go to Media > Open Capture Device ( This option is also available in Convert/save )  ,   on the capture mode drop-down menu , Select Desktop

open capture mode


After clicking on desktop , you will have option to choose frame rate , you can choose your desired frame rate than , click on play .

4.) Rip a DVD :

Ever thought of compressing your video file collection and make it a Rip file ? you may have considered it by some outside software , now you can make rip file with VLC , Know it now .

VLC is powerful DVD ripping software , no need to buy costly DVD ripping software if you have VLC on your Laptop/PC .

You can simply create an archive for back up purpose .

Go to Media > Convert/save than click on Disc tab . Click on radio button of the media disc you are using and check no disk menu .

Ensure that chosen disc device is correct and then click on convert/save . Select the codec , you wish to save in and save it with extension .

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5.) Subscribe to Podcasts

We all love podcasts . VLC is a fully-featured and highly powerful podcast manager too . Yes , it really is .

To access the podcast menu , go to view > Playlist and scroll down until you come to podcasts .  This is under Internet section .



Hover to podcast , then Click on  ” + ”  , then enter URL of the podcast and click ok , Choose podcasts to grab its track and play it .


 Final words on 5 VLC Media Player Hidden Features

VLC is much more powerful than you think it is , it has many more cool feature , some of the cool feature , you saw in this article , there are more , explore more on your VLC media player . If anything wrong in this article , feel free to comment . You will love VLC media player hidden features .

Thank you for being here .


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