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.