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Useful Features in VLC Media Player

Feb. 05, 2014  / Posted By - Kiran Patil

VLC player is a free tool to play video files and it is the one of the most popular video player. In VLC player you can do many things as -

Convert Media Files

VLC can convert media files between the formats it supports. In VLC you can convert video from one format to other. You can use this feature to convert video to supported format and small size, which can play on mobile. Also you can extract audio from a video file.


  1. Go to Media Menu and select Convert/Save.
  2. Click the Add button to load video
  3. Click on small arrow, which is beside of Convert / Save button at bottom and select Convert option from here.
  4. Now a separate convert windows will open. Here select the destination and profile for output file. Then click start button.

Record Videos

Recording is very useful sometimes when you only want a specific part of a video and you don’t want to fire up some heavy video editors/convertors or something. The record feature is hidden by default but you can access it by going to View>Advanced.

Play RAR files

This is also one of the most amazing features in VLC. If you have a compressed file of video and you do not want to extract it, as it takes much space of Hard Disk, but want to play video within RAR archives without extracting  the archives. Then in this case in VLC player open the RAR file and play.

Record Your Desktop activity

You can record everything you are working on computer. You can use this feature for many reasons like to give online education.

Procedure -

  1. Click the Media menu and select the option Convert / Save.
  2. Click the Capture Device tab and here select Desktop from the Capture mode box.
  3. Give the “Desired frame rate for the capture” 15.00 f/s. Then click the Convert / Save button.

  1. A screen will for Convert. Here Source is screen://,  leave as it is. Then select Profile as Video-MPEG-4 + AAC (MP4). Last select the destination where file is going to save. And then click Start.
  2. Now your desktop is going to start recording until you click Stop Playback button.
  3. Now a video file created in your destination. Play it.

Download Videos from YouTube

There are many YouTube downloader available, but with the VLC player you can download videos from YouTube.

  1. First copy the URL of  YouTube video which you want to download.
  2. Then open VLC Media Player. Click on Media Menu and select option Open Network stream. Here Paste the this URL and click the Play button.

  1. Now YouTube videos will start to play in VLC media player. While playing YouTube video in VLC media player. Go to Tools Menu - Media Information. This will open Media information window as below-

  1. Right click on the Location which is at the botton and click Select All. Then Select Copy to copy all this Location.
  2. Then open new tab in browser and past this in the address bar and press Enter.
  3. Now this video will going to play in this browser. Right click on this video and select Save Video As and save this video