VLC media player is a popular media player known worldwide and one of the reasons for this is that it has almost all the media codecs. That is why it can play all different media file types. Below are some of the things VLC player can do.
1. Rip DVDs
VLC includes a basic DVD ripper which have a good quality DVD rip. To rip using VLC, go to the Media on menu bar> Convert>Save. Click on the Disc Tab. Here you can adjust the Starting Position and rip only specific titles or chapters.
Type desired file name making sure to end with .mpg, and start ripping.
2. Record Videos
Using VLC, you can record videos during playback. The record button is hidden by default. To show it, click View>Advanced Control. The record button will now appear. Clicking on the button while playing a movie or video will start recording and re-clicking will stop recording.
3. Play Videos in RAR File Format
VLC can play videos zipped inside RAR files. They play the zipped video like normal video files and the seek bar can be used.
4. Play in ASCII Mode
VLC media player has the functionality to playback videos in ASCII art. To enable ASCII mode, open VLC media player and click on Tools>Preferences. Open the Video section and under Output, select Color ASCII art video output from the drop down menu. Click save and Play any video file.
5. Listen To Online Radios
VLC includes hundreds of Shoutcast radio stations. You just need to enable it through Media >Services Discovery > Shoutcast radio listings. Now, open the Playlist and browse through the stations.
6. Convert Audio and Video Formats
In VLC you can convert video and audio files from one format to another. Several different formats are supported like MP4, WMV, AVI, OGG, MP3 etc. To access the converter:
- Go to Media>Convert/Save
- Load the file you want to convert using the Add button and click Convert.
- You can now choose the output format and output file location.
7. Download YouTube and Other Online Videos
First grab the URL of the YouTube video page. Now click on Media>Open Network stream. Paste the URL and click Play. Once VLC starts streaming the video, click Tools>Codec Information and at the bottom of the window you will see a Location box.
Copy the URL and paste it on your browser’s address bar. The browser will now download the file which you can save it to your hard disk. Alternatively, you can record the video.
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