Amazing Hidden Features You Had no Idea About in VLC

Jon Clark

VLC is hands down one of the most efficient media players out there. However, it’s more than just a media player, it is the complete arsenal that one needs when it comes to handling all matters pertaining to digital music and videos; thanks to extra special features that most people have yet to discover.

In fact, if one is just used to utilizing VLC to watch movies, or to just play some of their local media files, then it’s safe to say that they are putting to good use only a fraction of this player’s capabilities

That being said, perhaps the only other player that can rival VLC is the Ubuntu Media Player. So without further ado, here are some of the essentials of the VLC media player that have been unknown to most all along.

Convert media files

VLC has the impressive capability to convert media files among the many formats that it is capable of supporting. This certainly comes in handy, because one can utilize this to make videos much more compatible for mobile devices, as well as to convert media from an initially unsupported file format, to one that the device is capable of supporting.

Moreover, this feature is essential in extracting the audio section of a given video, and then saving it in a separate file.

Streaming media over a given network, or even through the Internet

VLC has the amazing capability to stream media successfully over the local network or the Internet. To do so effectively, one can simply click the Media menu, then proceed to select on Stream, before providing the media file for exactly what it is that one wants to stream by clicking effectively on the Stream button.

That being said, one can effectively set up VLC as a great media server so that more computers on the network-or across the world- can connect on one’s stream and view its contents.

Recording contents of the desktop

VLC can efficiently load the contents of the desktop as an input device. This means that one can effectively utilize the Save/Convert feature to save any videos that are currently being played on the desktop, hence turning VLC into a screen capture software.

Moreover, one can also utilize this feature in tandem with the Stream feature to enable live broadcast streams on their desktop across any network on the web.

A remote control feature for Playback with the browser

The superb thing about VLC is that it has an integrated HTTP server that can enable one to remotely access the VLC client through the connection of a web browser. Hence, this would give one the capability to remotely access as well as control a media center laptop or PC from the facets a web browser; thereby, giving full control of the playback, as well as queuing up other video as well as audio files.

This can also be utilized together with a smartphone to enable the transformation of the said phone into a compatible remote control for VLC.