Modifying VLC Player – Tips and Tricks for advanced users

VLC is an open source video player that’s available for free. The program doesn’t require heavy amounts of hardware and is very user friendly. VLC is also available for nearly every operating system that is currently out on the market. However, there are a few things that you should know about VLC before using it for all of your media.

Nearly everything that is required to modify VLC requires some type of knowledge about codes used in computers and especially file location knowledge. Here is how you can get the most out of your VLC and how to avoid unnecessary headaches.

Adding Codecs

When looking for codec’s that you can add to the VLC program, you will want to look for plugins. The reason for this is because, even though VLC is an open source program, the developers do not make it easy to get to the VLC libraries. There are very few codec programs specifically meant to update the libraries of your VLC and even fewer plugins since VLC updates every few months to add in those codecs anyway.

Installing Skins

Installing skins in your VLC is perhaps the easiest modifying option you have at your disposal. All you have to do is;

Left-Click on My computer

Left-Click on C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC\skins

Or for older versions of Windows

Left-Click on C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\skins

Then simply take the downloaded skin and place in inside. You can find a ton of safe virus-free skins here;

Add Blue-Ray Capability

Adding Blu-ray capability to your VLC will be a painful one but the only other option is to buy or download a Blu-ray specific player. Normally these programs cost around fifty to sixty dollars, or the current price of a Blu-ray disc player. This is the only current way known to modify your VLC to play Blu-ray movies but it will require some knowledge about where these files are;

These are the best ways to modify your VLC to get it to do what you want so you can relax and enjoy your media.

Troubleshooting VLC Volume

VLC is an open source video player that’s available for free. The program doesn’t require heavy amounts of hardware and is very user friendly. VLC is also available for nearly every operating system that is currently out on the market. However, there are a few things that you should know about VLC before using it for all of your media.

Sometimes, since VLC is an open source program, it can cause some odd problems that many people have no idea how to fix. Here a few ways you can trouble shoot those issues.

Incorrect Volume Loudness

Sometimes when VLC is turned off and then turned back on, the volume is incredibly low for some reason. Here are some steps to try and fix the issue.

Check the volume on the VLC and then on the computer.

If both are at 100%, continue on to the next step.

Left-click on the volume mini-icon.

Left-click on the speaker icon in the volume window.

Left-Click on Enhancements

Make sure that everything is unchecked.

If everything is like it should be but you didn’t change anything, and then restart the computer.

If restarting the computer doesn’t do anything, the run System Restore.  This can be found under System Tools under Accessories once you left-click on the start button.

Incorrect Volume Balance

Sometimes a song or movie simple doesn’t have the correct balance. VLC has a free equalizer underneath the Tools menu option. You can also access this by pressing Ctrl-E while VLC is open.

Player around with the equalizer until the sound is correct and if you don’t feel like putting that much time to it then there are preset options to the top right of the equalizer screen. If you wish for a much deeper and richer tone then enabling a second pass can do that for you.

Volume sounds scratchy

If the volume of the media you’re trying to play is scratchy, you must do three things before trying to find a solution to the problem that will require some severe programming knowledge.

First Step; Connect VLC to a different Speaker

Sometimes when a media file is too low or extremely scratchy, it’s because the speakers we’re playing them through are broken and we don’t realize it.

Second; Restart the Computer and Use System Restore if Needed

Sometimes the computer skipped a line of code when it was trying to multi-task more than one program at a time. This can happen even if the only program that has been open is VLC. Restarting the computer will reset the code if the computer has done this.

Third Step; Download the file a second time

Sometimes the very problem is the media itself, which may have become corrupt because of some error in the networking area. This is rather are but it does happen frequently to those who use their computers for gaming or social media, where the bandwidth exceeds its normal limits. Downloading the file again may fix the problem.

This troubleshoot may not have helped you find the answer you need but you can always look for your answer at the official VLC community board, which is here; https://forum.videolan.org/

Using VLC for All Media

VLC is an open source video player that’s available for free. The program doesn’t require heavy amounts of hardware and is very user friendly. VLC is also available for nearly every operating system that is currently out on the market. However, there are a few things that you should know about VLC before using it for all of your media.

In order to use VLC for your default media program, you must do a few things before you can securely make it the default program without having any issues.

Remove Windows Media Player with VLC

You must uninstall WMP in order to let wma and wmv files become adopted by the VLC program. These formats will sometimes not convert to the VLC program and can cause annoying issues.

Remove ITunes

Nearly everything that you can play with VLC will not be supported by ITunes, especially mp3’s. Even though the ITunes application has updated their codecs, they mainly focus on apple based codecs to improve the experience on iPhones and Mac’s rather than give out quality codec’s to Windows users. This is a subliminal enticement and most podcasts can be handled by a separate program, which is what ITunes is really useful for.

Remove Hi-End DVD makers

There are some DVD makers that have specific files only associated with that program but also allows another program to share that file. This removes the ability to make VLC the default program for all of the media on your computer.

Run a Malware scan

Malware sometimes embeds itself into the media files on your computer and not the harmful malware you may think but media player software malware. This malware prevents any other media player from changing the default program. This became notorious when Real Player did this with their media when they first had their big launch and it cause a lot of problems because it only happened with some of the programs, so Real Player wasn’t found at fault for the issues.

Install VLC

Now that there’s nothing there to prevent you from switching all of your media of to VLC, now you should install the program. Once downloaded, you can then click on all the plugins to add VLC into your browser to also replace WMP whenever you go to sites that only support WMP playback because VLC can mimic it.

VLC player Installation and Un-Installation For Windows

VLC is an open source video player that’s available for free. The program doesn’t require heavy amounts of hardware and is very user friendly. VLC is also available for nearly every operating system that is currently out on the market. However, there are a few things that you should know about VLC before using it for all of your media.

 

Installation

You can download VLC in its many forms here;  http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html

Once you have downloaded the file, double click on the set up/file.

This will open the easy install screen.

For someone who just wants to use it when they watch videos or music files, simply click next until you finally click on the Finish button.

For those who are more advanced users, then you may want to check custom selection so you can add the appropriate plugins to the browsers that you use.

 

Un-installation

Left-Click on the Start Button

Left-Click on the Control Panel

Left-Click on Programs and Features

Find the Program titled VLC

Double click on this title

A window will pop open to ask if you want to un-install VLC

Simply follow the instructions the VLC un-installer providers you to un-install VLC

 

Erase Excess Registry Keys (Only for Advanced Users)

To delete VLC registry keys, this is what you do;

Left-click on the start button

Use the start search bar to find “run” and then single-left-click on run

Type in “regedit” to the available slot

Once you have uninstalled VLC, look in the registry with any keys that have the labels “VideoLAN” and “VLC”. If the VLC uninstaller failed in removing the registry keys then there will be a long list.

Alternative Method; Professional Uninstaller kits

There are software programs out on the market that help remove the left behind trails of a program on a computer. These software programs became popular once software developers started using their software to distribute unwanted software on previous products, such as Anti-Piracy measures. These have become a problem because they not only prevent the software from being pirated but they also slow down the network speed of a computer because they are constantly sending out reports to let developers know what is happening to their software. A few of these programs can take up a large chunk of internet bandwidth in one shot if done simultaneously, kicking you out if the program you are in is intensive on your internet already.

What is VLC Player?

VLC is an open source video player that’s available for free. The program doesn’t require heavy amounts of hardware and is very user friendly. VLC is also available for nearly every operating system that is currently out on the market. However, there are a few things that you should know about VLC before using it for all of your media.

You can download VLC in its many forms here;  http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html

Movie Files

Most of us watch movies from a DVD or the internet, but a fewer amount of us watch movies from torrented and burned DVD’s. These burned DVD’s may be legitimate back-ups of the original but VLC may still have a problem with the format it was burned in. A common format that movie burners love is the .iso format.

This format is popular because you can simply convert a DVD disk to an .iso disk without having to bother trying to get past a DRM, which disable’s most extracting methods of DVD’s. VLC will not play .iso or some Blue-ray formats. It only plays up to the newest codec of DVD and not Blue-ray.

Music Files

VLC is very light program with a lot of useful features for people who play music but there is one particular nuisance this program can cause. Unless you label VLC as the main media player for all content on the computer, whatever else media program you use will revert the default to itself and there won’t be a warning. This is because since VLC is an open source program, the other media program is simply registering the format again as being on your computer and not being a part of another program.

Codec Additions

When looking for codec’s that you can add to the VLC program, you will want to look for plugins. The reason for this is because, even though VLC is an open source program, the developers do not make it easy to get to the VLC libraries. There are very few codec programs specifically meant to update the libraries of your VLC and even fewer plugins since VLC updates every few months to add in those codecs anyway.

What doesn’t it support?

The only video format that VLC doesn’t support right now is Indeo Video IV 41 and 51. The only audio that VLC does not support is WMA 1/2, Real Audio, MIDI, and QCELP. It also does not support closed captions for Windows along with ncurses and Infrared interfaces. Otherwise, VLC is the most robust program that supports nearly every video, audio, and operating system on the market for free.