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15 great VLC tricks you should know

While there are many video players available for download, the VLC media player is one of the most popular. The main reason for its popularity is that it is free and open source. I won't be surprised if it's already your default media player. That said, did you know that VLC is much more than just video playback? Yes, you read it right. Today, we will review some of the best VLC tips and tricks in this article. Although you may already know some of them, I am sure that the rest will be the same for you. So without further delay, Here is a list of 15 great VLC tricks you should know:

Note: I am using VLC media player 2.2.6 Umbrella on a Windows 10 Pro computer. The following tricks should also work on other versions of VLC.

1. Control VLC with mouse gestures

This trick is especially useful if you use a wireless mouse. With the range longer than a keyboard you get, you can use your mouse to control VLC playback after modifying some settings. To do that, follow the steps below.

  • Open VLC Preferences pressing Ctrl + P on your keyboard while VLC is open. Now, in the lower left of that window, in "Show settings", select the radio button that says "All" .

  • In the next window, search for "control interfaces" .

  • Under your configuration, check the box that says "Mouse gesture control interface" . Now click on "Save" and later restart VLC .

This time, mouse gestures will be enabled. They work by clicking and dragging the mouse cursor in a particular direction. Below are some of the gestures you can try.

Left Short time to jump back (10 sec by default)
Right Short time jump forward (10 sec by default)
Left up Faster
Until Slower
Left down Go to the previous entry in the playlist
Just down Go to the next entry in the playlist
Left Right Play pause
Right left Play pause
Above Turn up the volume
Down Volume down
Up and down Volume of silence
Bottom up Volume of silence
Vertical Change the audio track
Completely Change subtitle track
Up to the left Enter full screen mode
Down left Exit VLC

2. Add markers to the current game position

This VLC trick allows you to mark as many parts of a video as you want, so you can return to that point in the video later. To do that, press Ctrl + B on your keyboard while playing a video. This will open the "Edit bookmarks" window. Now look for the time you want to mark the mark and click on "Create" . You can do this for multiple points in the video.

If you want to return to the marked point, simply double click on that bookmark . It is important to keep in mind that markers are only valid until the VLC instance is open. Once you close VLC, all the markers will be gone.

3. VLC remote control from a browser

Have you ever thought about controlling VLC from a browser? Even if you haven't done it, now you know it's possible and here is how:

  • Open VLC Preferences pressing Ctrl + P on your keyboard while VLC is open. Now, in the lower left of that window, in "Show settings", select the radio button that says "All" .
  • In the next window, search for "main interfaces" Y select it .

  • Now in the right panel, check the box that says "Web" .

  • Go back to left panel and this time, search "Lua" .

  • Here enter a password in "HTTP Lua" Y set the port to "8080" in "Lua Telnet" . Then click on "Save" .

  • Now open any browser and, in the address bar, type "localhost: 8080" Y press enter . You will now be asked for a username and password. Leave the username field blank and enter the password you set . You should now be able to control VLC from the browser. You can change the volume, control playback, etc.

4. Play Internet radio and subscribe to podcasts

Video and audio files are not the only thing that VLC can play. You can use it to play Internet radio and subscribe to podcasts as well. Here is how: