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How to Define the Action after VLC Playlist Ends


In VLC, there are different things that you can configure the player to do after it reaches
the end of media files of your playlist. There might be a single file playing or there might
be multiple files in the list, but once VLC is done playing the item(s), you can tell the
player to
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How to Edit Cover Art Picture using VLC Media Player


If you use VLC Media Player and if you want to display or add album art to any MP3
files, then just access media information options and either browse and put up an album
art (also known as cover art) or try to download it automatically. The only thing that you
have to do is
Continue Reading

How to View and Edit ID3 Audio Tags Using VLC


If you want to view and edit ID3 audio or MP3 tags in VLC Media Player, then it has
been really made simple. The quickest way to view/edit it is by using the CTRL + I
shortcut key on your PC or by navigating to Tools > Media Information. It brings up a
simple pop
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Fix Stretched Video in VLC by Changing Aspect Ratio


When watching a movie or playing a simple video, if the resolution is not right or if the
video dimensions seem a bit off, then to fix itsimply change the aspect ratio in VLC. If
the video feels stretchedlike the height or width is longmaking objects and people in
it appear abnormal in terms of
Continue Reading

How to Use Mouse Gestures in VLC Media Player


VLC Media Player has so many features that most of us dont even know about and
mouse gestures is one of them. What it means is that it is possible to control the player
and the aspects of it with the help of your mouse movements. Now usually, you do a
mouse click on the
Continue Reading

How to Get Subtitles Automatically for Movies in VLC


Media Player
If you want to get subtitles automatically for movies in VLC Media Player, then you can
simply do it with the help of a VLC add-on called VLSub. It is the highest rated add-on
for the player due to its usefulness. Once you download and install the simple plugin, it
will automatically search for subtitles
Continue Reading

Skipping and Playing Audio and Video Portions in


VLC
Using VLC Media Player, if you want to play a certain portion of a video/audio and then
skip some segments and then resume playing, then there is a special playlist trick that
can be used. The bookmark feature in the player is useful for bookmarking and playing
the currently active media file at different points
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How to Change Subtitle Position in VLC


VLC Media player can easily load any external subtitle like a .srt file while playing
videos. The subtitle is usually positioned near the bottom-center of the screen. But do
you know that there are a lot of ways you can configure the display position of the
subtitle? Not only can you choose the alignment as
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Change Subtitle Font Appearance, Size and Color in


VLC
VLC Media player is great for loading custom or external subtitle files. The player even
identifies and automatically adds subtitles to videos based on the file name. Moreover,
there are additional options to configure the on-screen text. We can easily change the
font from the default one like Arial to something else like Roboto, as
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Change Subtitle Font Appearance, Size and Color in VLC


VLC Media player is great for loading custom or external subtitle files. The player
even identifies and automatically adds subtitles to videos based on the file name.
Moreover, there are additional options to configure the on-screen text. We can easily
change the font from the default one like Arial to something else like Roboto, as long as

it is in the system. The size of the font can also be increased or reduced as per your
preference.
Various other customizations regarding the appearance of the subtitles can be made.
By default, it displays white text with a black border around it for visibility. We can
change the color of the font. We can also modify the outline color and width. Theres
even an option to add shadow to the text for blending in. These are simple options that
are found in the Subtitles / OSD tab of VLCs main preferences.
Heres how you can access and change the subtitle font details:
Go to Tools > Preferences [CTRL + P].

Click on Subtitles / OSD.

Under Subtitle effects, you will find the following options:

Font: A dropdown to choose a different font present in your system.

Font size: Choose between Smaller, Small, Normal, Large and Larger sizes
for increasing or decreasing appearance.

Outline thickness: Select between None, Thin, Normal, and Thick for
blending and visibility.

Text default color: Switch from the default white to something else like red,
blue or some custom color.

Outline color: The color of the border or outline which should contrast the
text color.

Add a shadow: Check it to add some shadow that will also improve the
visibility.

Add a background: Select it to add a dark background which is


transparent. Text will be displayed on it.

Hit Save, to keep all the changes.

If the video is currently playing, the modifications that you make will not be immediately
visible. You will have to stop and play it, or open up a new one to see the dashing new
text display changes that you just made.
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How to Change Subtitle Position in VLC


VLC Media player can easily load any external subtitle like a .srt file while playing
videos. The subtitle is usually positioned near the bottom-center of the screen. But do
you know that there are a lot of ways you can configure the display position of the
subtitle? Not only can you choose the alignment as left, right and center, but you can
also fine-tune its exact position. It is possible to move the text up or down by a certain
number of pixels. This is a method to show it in an empty black area below the video
instead of over the video.

Changing the Subtitle Alignment


While the bottom area of the screen is a preferable location for subtitles, some might
want it in the top or align it in the left or right side of the screen. VLC has all the
necessary features to place the text exactly where you want to.
To change the position:

Go to Tools > Preferences [CTRL + P].

Under Show settings, select the option that says All to switch to the advanced

preferences.

Navigate to Input/Codecs > Subtitle codecs > Subtitles.

Under Text subtitle decoder set, the Subtitle justification to left, right or center.

Hit Save to keep the changes.

The changes will not apply to the current video if it is playing. You will have to stop and
play it again to see the new position in effect.

Positioning the Subtitle below the Video


(Instead of Overlaying)
There is another way to fine tune the subtitle position. Normally, the text is over the
video and can disturb us while we watch something. Instead of overlaying it, you can
push it down. Doing this, you can place the subtitles right below the video but it wont be

visible at first. The goal is to create an empty black area under the video and push it
there. This will prevent the on-screen text from overlaying anything.

To Create an Empty Black Area First


Go to Tools > Preferences [CTRL +P].
Switch to All settings to access the advanced preferences.
Navigate to Video > Filters.
Under Video filter module, check the option that says Video cropping filter.

Now navigate further to Video > Filters > Croppadd.

In Video cropping filter options, under Padd, add a numerical value for Pixels to padd

to bottom. Enter a value like 100.

Click Save at the end.

A black area is created right below the video. Its size or height depends upon the value
you just entered. The blank area also appears on the right and left of the video to
balance and maintain the dimensions. Now we have some empty space to place our
text.

To Move the Subtitle in the Black Area (Below the


Video)
In the same Advanced Preferences; navigate to Video > Subtitles / OSD.

In Subtitles / OSDs under Subtitles, enter a negative numerical value forForce subtitle

position. Input a value like -200.

Note: A negative value forces it below and a positive value pushes it upwards.
Hit Save.

Open a new video, or stop and play the current video to see the effect in change.
Depending upon the video dimensions, some adjustments must be done to place the
subtitles in the exact position that you want to. After you are done, all these settings and
values must be removed from the advanced preferences to switch to normal playback.

Positioning the Subtitle above the Video


To move the subtitle to the top of the video, enter a positive value for force subtitle
position. It is also accessible by:

Opening up Tools > Preferences [CTRL + P].


Navigate to Subtitle > OSD.
Under Subtitle effects, enter a positive number for Force subtitle position.

Hit Save and restart the video.

The positive number means that the subtitle text will be pushed towards the top. Find
the exact dimension of your video by pressing CTRL + J. The height value that you
extract from the resolution information will allow you to figure out the maximum pixels to
enter in force subtitle position. If you want a black areajust like we did aboveon top
of the video, then add a value like 100 for Pixels to padd to top instead.
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Skipping and Playing Audio and Video Portions in VLC


Using VLC Media Player, if you want to play a certain portion of a video/audio and then
skip some segments and then resume playing, then there is a special playlist trick that
can be used. The bookmark feature in the player is useful for bookmarking and playing
the currently active media file at different points or time. But once the player is shut off
or closed, the bookmarks are lost forever. If you want to keep the bookmarks in VLC for
the next time, then use this special trick.
This special trick allows you to specify a video file as well as the start and end time for
it. There can be multiple start and end points for a single video. If needed, you can open
multiple videosone at a timewith specific start and end times.
If it sounds complicated, then think of it like this: You open a video, instead of playing it
from the start you directly navigate to some point in the video and play it until it reaches
another point. Then you can skip the portions or open up a totally different video and do
the same thing. It is basically highlighting and playing only the portions of the video or
audio that you want. It allows you to watch your favorite portions of a long media file or
from multiple media files.

This trick is set up using a playlist that contains special instructions for the player. It
might sound complicated to some but once you get the hold of it, you will be creating
start and stop locations for video files like a pro.
Here are the steps to create a playlist to tell VLC to mark and play media files:
Open up your notepad or any other plain text editor.
Enter the start time, stop time and video file location like this:
#EXTVLCOPT:start-time=28
#EXTVLCOPT:stop-time=36
video.mp4
#EXTVLCOPT:start-time=500
#EXTVLCOPT:stop-time=550
video.mp4
#EXTVLCOPT:start-time=900
#EXTVLCOPT:stop-time=1100
video2.mp4

Save the file as .m3u file. Give it a name like playlist.m3u.


Open the playlist using VLC.

Explaining the Playlist Instructions


#EXTVLCOPT:start-time=28

It tells the start time in seconds for the video.


#EXTVLCOPT:stop-time=36

It tells the end time in seconds for the same video.


video.mp4

It is the name of the video file. We keep the playlist.m3u as well as thevideo.mp4 file in
the same folder to keep it simple.
If there are more than one start and stop points for the same video then continue adding
the start-time and stop-time along with the video file name. If theres a different file, then
change the file name as shown in the example:video.mp4 to video2.mp4.
After setting up the playlist, instead of directly opening up the media file with VLC; use it
to open the playlist. It will automatically adapt to the time that you have set. Files will
start to play from a certain second offset and then continue to play until it reaches the
end time. Then if it needs to skip or if it needs to open another video, it will do it. Just be
precise with the seconds that you enter. It might sound a bit complicated, but with
correct calculations and some trial and error, you will be able to set it up easily.
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How to Get Subtitles Automatically for Movies in VLC Media Player


If you want to get subtitles automatically for movies in VLC Media Player, then you can
simply do it with the help of a VLC add-on called VLSub. It is the highest rated add-on
for the player due to its usefulness. Once you download and install the simple plugin, it
will automatically search for subtitles for the current movie that is being played. It
displays a list of choices that it has found, and you can choose the correct one for your
video.
What this VLC subtitle plugin does is that once installed, it adds a new menu as View >
VLSub. Click on the new menu item, specify the search criteriasearch by hash or
search by nameand the results will show. It scours popular subtitle video hosting
websites based on the search criteria. Pick the best matching result for your video and
the subtitles will be loaded. You will need VLC 2.2.* for it to work.
Install the plugin, access it and search. It is as easy as that. No more manually
downloading, browsing and loading subtitles for each and every movie that you
play. Everything is handled by the software.
Here are the detailed steps for you to get subtitles automatically for movies in
VLC Media Player:
Download the plugin from here.
Extract the contents of the zip file.
From the extracts, browse and find the lua file; move it to your/lua/extensions/ folder.

The extensions folder for different OS are as follows:


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Windows: C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\lua\extensions\

Linux: /usr/lib/vlc/lua/extensions/

MAC OS X: /Users/<your_name>/Library/Application
Support/org.videolan.vlc/lua/extensions/

Restart or open VLC Media Player.


Access View > VLsub.

Click on Search by name after confirming the movie title. Change or input it if you have

to.
Highlight the correct subtitle and click on Download selection.

File will be downloaded and you will start to see the subtitle text on the screen
immediately. If you need to change it then repeat the process. Access View > VLSub >
Research after you have loaded something using the plugin. The menu link is for
searching for a new file.
If you have problems in installing VLSub: Learn How to Install a VLC Media Player
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How to Use Mouse Gestures in VLC Media Player


VLC Media Player has so many features that most of us dont even know about and
mouse gestures is one of them. What it means is that it is possible to control the player
and the aspects of it with the help of your mouse movements. Now usually, you do a
mouse click on the VLC controls and menu items if you want to do something. But there
are specific programmed VLC mouse gestures that you can use like moving your
mouse up and then down will do something like mute the audio.
To use mouse gestures in VLC, you will have to activate it first. You also need to choose
between left, middle or right mouse buttons to let the player know that you are
performing a gesture. Then move your mouse and see the magic at work. Some users
will find this method of input to control the player simple. Once you get the hang of it,
using VLC mouse gestures you will be able to perform simple tasks like skipping the
media forward or backward, changing video speeds or volume, navigating the playlist
etc.
Here are the detailed steps to activate and use mouse gestures in VLC media
player:

Step1: Activate
Go to Tools > Preferences [CTRL + P].
Click on All under show settings to go to Advanced settings.

Navigate to Interface > Control interfaces.

Check the option that says Mouse gestures control interface.

Navigate further down to Interface > Control interfaces > Gestures.

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Hit Save.

Change the Trigger button if you need to.

Restart your player by quitting it [Media > Quit or Ctrl + Q]. After you open it again, you
will be able to use mouse gestures.

Step 2: Using Mouse Gestures


There are several mouse gestures that you can trigger by first clicking on the trigger
button that you set and then moving the mouse in certain directions. You will have to
remember these directions but they are set in a logical way like clicking and dragging
the mouse towards the left will take you a bit back in the video or audio that is playing.
Here are all the possible mouse gestures (Remember to press the trigger button
first):
Move left: Navigate 10 seconds backward
Move right: Navigate 10 seconds forward
Move up: Increase volume
Move down: Decrease volume
Move left and then right: Toggle play or pause (Also works if you move right and then

left)
Move up and then down: Mute volume (Also works if you move down and then up)
Move left and then up: Slow down playing speed
Move right and then up: Increase playing speed
Move left and then down: Play previous track of playlist
Move right and then down: Play next track in playlist
Move up and then right: Switch the audio track
Move down and then right: Switch the subtitle track
Move up and then left: Enables full screen
Move down and then left: Exit VLC media player

It can get a bit confusing between similar gestures like moving up and left or moving left
and up, but you will get used to it. Just remember, the most annoying one can turn out
to be down and then left which quits the player. Enjoy memorizing and using these
gestures. Sometimes, they can be advantageous or convenient over using keyboard
shortcuts or on-screen menu itemsespecially if youre already holding the mouse.
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Fix Stretched Video in VLC by Changing Aspect Ratio


When watching a movie or playing a simple video, if the resolution is not right or if the
video dimensions seem a bit off, then to fix itsimply change the aspect ratio in VLC. If
the video feels stretchedlike the height or width is longmaking objects and people in
it appear abnormal in terms of size, then VLC Media Player offers a quick fix.
What you need to do is: Change or cycle through the different aspect ratios that are
possible until you find the best one. The easiest way to cycle through the available
aspect ratio is by using the shortcut key: A.
Press A on your keyboard once and it will switch to the next ratio. When the change is
initiated, you will see the information on the top of the screen. You will see a text
like Aspect Ratio: Default, Aspect Ratio: 16:9 etc. The text displays on the top-right of
the screen only for a short time.

The same feature is also accessible through the menu bar or using the right click menu.
On the menu bar as well as the right click menu, you will find it under: Video > Aspect
Ratio. Using the menu items allows you to list all the possible aspect ratio and switch
the right one.
Here is the list of all the possible aspect ratios:
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Default
16:9
4:3
1:1
16:10
21:1
35:1
39:1
5:4

One of them will make the video look normal. If it doesnt then try:

Using Custom Aspect Ratios


Theres also an option to set custom aspect ratios in VLC. The option is present in
the simple preferences, under video.
Heres how to set custom aspect ratio in VLC:
Go to Tools > Preferences [CTRL + P].
Click on Video.
For Force Aspect Ratio enter a value like: 33:20 (or anything else).

Click Save.

Restart VLC or start a new instance and by default, it will use the value that you set in
force aspect ratio. You can again cycle through the values by pressing A on your
keyboard. You will also find the new value in the menu under Video > Aspect Ratio and

it will stay as the default one unless you remove it. The custom aspect ratio wont work
for all the videos, so you might want to remove it and keep it Aspect Ratio: Default.
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How to View and Edit ID3 Audio Tags Using VLC


If you want to view and edit ID3 audio or MP3 tags in VLC Media Player, then it has
been really made simple. The quickest way to view/edit it is by using the CTRL + I
shortcut key on your PC or by navigating to Tools > Media Information. It brings up a
simple pop up where you can view all the information like MP3 song title, artist, album,
date, genre, track number, now playing, publisher, copyright, encoded by, comments
and album art. You can simply view or input your own values in the text fields of these
corresponding metadata information.
ID3 tags allow you to view different information about a song and it is primarily used by
MP3 files exclusively. Song information like artist, album etc. are stored in the MP3 file
itself. It is used by different players in different ways. For example: In VLC, you can see
the Artist Song Title data used in the title bar of the Player.
If you navigate to your playlist [CTRL +L] and view it as a detailed list, then all the
metadata information is visible. The same feature can be seen in Windows Explorer as
well. One quick perk of this information within VLC playlists is that it allows you to sort
your MP3 files according to the ID3 tags helping you play the songs that you want in a
certain order.

The steps to access and edit ID3 audio tags are quite simple, but here are the steps
with screenshots:
Go to Tools > Media Information.

The screen shown above will pop up. View and edit from here. Close the window and
what you entered will be saved automatically.
Note: To edit album art, right click on the picture or VLC icon in the bottom-right corner
of the Media Information screen.

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How to Edit Cover Art Picture using VLC Media Player


If you use VLC Media Player and if you want to display or add album art to any MP3
files, then just access media information options and either browse and put up an album
art (also known as cover art) or try to download it automatically. The only thing that you
have to do is bring up the media information screen and then the options will be
accessible in the bottom-right after you right click on the art or VLC icon.
The cover art along with other metadata information are used by different audio or
music players in different ways. The data is saved on the MP3 file itself. You will notice
the file size changes if you add cover picture, especially if you add large pictures. When
the same MP3 file is transferred to your smartphone as an example, your player will use
the album picture and other metadata information to display on-screen while playing
and also giving you the feature to sort out or browse by artist, genre etc.
Here are the steps with screenshots to edit your cover art picture using VLC media
player:
Go to Tools > Information.

It brings up the Current Media Information screen.

On the bottom right, there will either be a picture or you will see the VLC icon. Right click

on it.

From the right click menu, use:


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Download cover art: To get the album picture automatically from the
internet.

Add cover art from file: Manually browse and choose a picture file.

The information will be saved automatically.


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How to Define the Action after VLC Playlist Ends


In VLC, there are different things that you can configure the player to do after it reaches
the end of media files of your playlist. There might be a single file playing or there might
be multiple files in the list, but once VLC is done playing the item(s), you can tell the
player to quit or exit. You can also do other things like stop in the last frame of the video.
The default action that you are used to is repeat the playlist and play everything from
the start.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to do these things. Instead of the default action of
playing a video or audio again after it finishes playing, you can instruct VLC to quit the
player or stop at the last frame. It all depends upon what you what. The options for the
actions are found under the advanced preferences under Playlist.
Here are the steps:
Go to Tools > Preferences.
Click on All to switch to Advanced Preferences.
In the left, scroll and click on Playlist.

In Playlist, check or uncheck these options to achieve certain functions:


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Play and exit: Exits the player if there are no more items in the playlist.

Play and pause: After an item ends, pause it in the last frame. This option
is also present in the Simple Preferences.

Of course, you might have noticed different other options like:


Play files randomly forever.
Repeat all: To repeat the entire playlist indefinitely.
Repeat current item: Plays the single file again and again (even if there are other items

in the list).
Play and stop: Stops after each item in the list. You can continue manually.

Choose the best option for you and then dont forget to hit the Save button in the end.
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Take Picture Snapshot of a Video Using VLC Media Player


If you have a video for which you want to extract a frame of it as a picture, then VLC is
the right tool for you. VLC allows you to take snapshots of your favorite parts of a video
file. This way, that part of the video is exported as an image. You can use that image for
your own purposes such as sharing, turning it into a wallpaper or just saving it in your
folder.
VLC has an inbuilt option called snapshots and you will learn how simple it is to take
one. Just click a button or hit a shortcut key. Your picture is automatically saved into a
folder of your computer.
To take snapshots in VLC:
1. Make sure that the video for which you want to take the snapshot is playing.
2. When you reach the part of the video which you want to save as a picture, pause it if
you want.
3. Press the shortcut for taking snapshot. This method works the best. Default shortcut:
4. In Windows: SHIFT + S
5. In Linux: CTRL + ALT + S
6. In Mac OS X: Command + ALT + S

7. Instead of the above hotkey, on the menu bar you can press Video > Snapshot to
save a snapshot.

8. The option is also available by hitting right click on the video and from that menu
selecting Video > Snapshot

9. You know that taking a snapshot has been successful if you see a thumbnail of the
snapshot on top of the player along with its saved file location and file name. This will
fade away quickly.

Where are the Snapshot Files Saved?


Snapshot files are automatically saved to default locations based on the operating
system that you use.
In Windows 7: Snapshots are saved in C:\Users\username\My Pictures

In Windows XP: Snapshots are saved in C:\My Documents\My Pictures


* Assuming that Windows documents folder or user folder is in C: drive.
In Linux: Snapshots are saved in $(HOME)/.vlc/
In Mac OS X: Snapshots are saved in Desktop/

Configuring Snapshot Directory and Formats


You can also choose where the snapshots are saved, its format (PNG, JPG TIFF) and
the file name of the saved picture file. To configure this:
Go to Tools > Preferences [CTRL + P]

In Simple Preferences, choose Video and configure the following options under Video

snapshots:
1. Directory: Browse to the directory where you want the video snapshots files
to be saved.
2. Prefix: The file name prefix which is automatically appended with
the date/time of the file creation. Check the sequential numbering box if you
want to use numbers instead of current date/time.

3. Format: Choose between png, jpg and tiff.

Hit Save when you are done.


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