10 Reasons why you should start using VLC media player

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10 Reasons why you should start using VLC media player


There are many media players out there. Some of the popular open-source media players are VLC media player and MPlayer, MPC. The main reason I love about VLC Player that its more than just a video player. It can convert, it can stream, it can record, it can rip CD’s DVDs and Blu Ray and much much more. It truly is the Swiss army knife for Video / Audio. And all of this for free!
VLC media player

10 Reasons why you should start using the VLC media player

  • It’s open-source software. This means you are free to use the player in any circumstance, it’s safe and you can modify the source. You can also port VLC Media Player and modify it and redistribute it, as long as you give the original developer your modifications back and give them the credit they deserve.
  •  VLC supports a wide variety of audio and video codecs:
    For example the following Video Codecs:
    MPEG-1/2, DivX® (1/2/3/4/5/6), MPEG-4 ASP, XviD, 3ivX D4, H.261, H.263 / H.263i, H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC, Cinepak, Theora, Dirac / VC-2, MJPEG (A/B), WMV 1/2, WMV 3 / WMV-9 / VC-1, Sorenson 1/3, DV, On2 VP3/VP5/VP6, Indeo Video v3 (IV32), Real Video (1/2/3/4).
    And the following Audio Codecs:
    MPEG Layer 1/2, MP3 – MPEG Layer 3, AAC – MPEG-4 part3, Vorbis, AC3 – A/52, E-AC-3, MLP / TrueHD 3, DTS, WMA 1/2, WMA 3, FLAC, ALAC, Speex, Musepack / MPC, ATRAC 3, Wavpack, Mod, TrueAudio, APE, Real Audio, Alaw/µlaw, AMR (3GPP), MIDI, LPCM, ADPCM, QCELP, DV Audio, QDM2/QDMC, MACE.
    As of 2017 VLC media player supports all video formats.
  • Another reason I love VLC media player is that you don’t need to download and install codec packs anymore that clutter your system and cause issues, like file version conflicts.
  • It plays all video files and audio files flawlessly without looking for the right codecs or downloads a separate video player to play just that 1 file.
  • The documentation is great, with tons of howto’s and has a great team of developers that are actively developing VLC media player. Also has many fan pages for example VLC Media Player Help, Guides and Tutorials. Together with a great community
  •  It saves you from installing multiple tools like converters, file splitter, or streaming, ripping tools. It is an all-in-one tool, keeping your system clean from clutter.
  • The VLC media player has many hidden features, there is a powerful extensive add-on system that supports everything from skins to extensions

    To install extensions you can download the .lua files and place them in the C:\users\<USERNAME>\AppData\Roaming\vlc\lua\extensions folder. You might have to create the \lua\extensions folder. Click the following link to download add-ons / skins / extensions. http://addons.videolan.org/

    VLC on Windows 10

  • VLC can be controlled from the keyboard only, with an extensive amount of keyboard shortcuts.
    Here is the list of all the keyboard Shortcuts.

    File OperationsCTRL + O : Open a single  file
    CTRL + SHIFT + O : Open multiple files
    CTRL + F : Open folder
    CTRL + D : Open disk
    CTRL + N : Open network stream
    CTRL + C : Open capture device
    CTRL + V : Open location copied in the clipboard
    CTRL + R : Convert and save file
    CTRL + S : Stream your media locally or on the internet

    Program Operations

    CTRL + Q or ALT + F4 or ALT + Q : Quit
    CTRL + E : Open the adjustment and effects menu
    CTRL + SHIFT + W : VLM Configuration
    CTRL + M : Open the message screen
    CTRL + P : Open the preferences menu
    F1 : Help
    SHIFT + F1 : About

    Playing Operations

    SPACE : Play and Pause a file
    N : Next Track
    P : Previous Track
    F or F11 or Mouse Double Click : Full screen mode on and off
    CTRL + H : Switch minimal interface on and off
    T : Show current and remaining time information
    CTRL + T : Go to a specific time of a playing media
    P : Go and play from the start of a file
    S : Stop movie
    Esc : Full screen exit
    E : Switch to next frame
    L : Loop off, one or all
    R : Random on and off


    G : Decrease subtitle delay
    H : Increase subtitle delay
    V : Cycle through subtitles

    Playing Speed

    [ : Decrease playing speed
    ] : Increase playing speed
    = : Normal playing speed

    Quick Forward and Backward

    SHIFT + RIGHT ARROW : 3 seconds forward
    SHIFT + LEFT ARROW : 3 seconds backward
    ALT + RIGHT ARROW : 10 seconds forward
    ALT + LEFT ARROW : 10 seconds backward
    CTRL + RIGHT ARROW : 1 minute forward
    CTRL + LEFT ARROW : 1 minute backward

    Display Options

    A: Cycle aspect ratio
    C : Cycle through crop display area
    Z : Cycle through zoom mode
    D : De-interlace On and Off
    O : Switch to original size of the video
    W : Wallpaper mode on (with DirectX output)

    Sound and Audio Operations

    CTRL + UP ARROW or Mouse Scroll Up : Volume Up
    CTRL + DOWN ARROW or Mouse Scroll Down : Volume Down
    J : Decrease audio delay
    K : Increase audio delay
    B : Cycle through available audio tracks
    M : Mute sound on and off
    Shift + A : Cycle through audio devices

    Media Information

    CTRL + I : View and edit media information like title, artist, album
    CTRL + J : View codec information like your media dimensions, audio and video codecs

    Playlist Operations

    CTRL + L : Switch to playlist or back to media
    CTRL + Y : Save current playlist to a file
    CTRL + B : Create, delete and clear bookmarks menu.

    Disc Operations

    Shift + B : Next title
    Shift + O : Previous title
    Shift + N : Next chapter
    Shift + P : Previous chapter
    Shift + M : Disk Menu
    Shift + H : History forward
    Shift + G : History back


    Shift + R : Start and stop recording
    Shift + S : Take snapshot
    ALT + C : Crop from bottom
    ALT+ SHIFT + C : Uncrop from bottom
    ALT + D : Crop from left
    ALT + SHIFT + D : Uncrop from left
    ALT + F : Crop from right
    ALT + SHIFT + F : Uncrop from right
    ALT + R : Crop from top
    ALT + SHIFT + R : Uncrop from top

    File Menu Operations

    ALT + M : Open media menu
    ALT + L : Open playback menu
    ALT + A : Open audio menu
    ALT + V : Open video menu
    ALT + S : Open subtitle menu
    ALT + O : Open tools menu
    ALT + I : Open view menu
    ALT + H : Open help menu


  • VLC can also download YouTube videos with an extension called youtube-dl.
  • It is cross-platform, you can use it on your Android smartphone or iOS device, on your Windows or Linux desktop PC or Mac.  The VLC media player also is the default media player of Kubuntu Linux as of version 17:10.


VLC has many more features, I haven’t discussed in this article/howto. It has many great streaming features, hence the name VideoLanClient.  I’ll get into further detail about it in a new revision of this article. I hope you find this post helpful. Don’t forget to leave your comments below.

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