VLC Playback Features

Written by on April 8, 2012 in Features - Comments Off

DVD decryption is done through the libdvdcss library. VLC on GNU/Linux, Solaris, and Microsoft Windows has playback control support via libcdio and libvcdinfo. On other platforms, SVCD support may vary depending on the availability of these libraries. Handling still frames often used in menus and switching between different video formats is problematic.

VLC for GNU/Linux supports V4L2 compatible encoding cards as well as two kinds of MPEG-2 encoding cards: Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-250/350 and Visiontech Kfir.

On Mac OS X 10.4 or later, VLC is able to grab audio and video from EyeTV applications and therefore all EyeTV-compatible capture devices. You need to install a plugin to in order to use this feature. Guidance is provided in the User Interface. This feature requires VLC 0.9.0 or later.

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Written by on October 25, 2011 in Tutorials - Comments Off

What is VideoLAN? What is the VideoLAN Team?
VideoLAN is a group of people, the VideoLAN Team, that produces free and open source software for video and multimedia purpose, released under the GNU General Public License.

It started as a student project at the French École Centrale Paris but is now a worldwide project with developers from 20 countries and millions of people using VideoLAN’s software.

What is the differences between VLC, VLC media player, VideoLAN Client, VideoLAN Server and VideoLAN?
VLC is the official name of VideoLAN’s main product, often named VLC. VideoLAN Client is an ancient name of this product.

VideoLAN Server is another product of VideoLAN, but is discontinued since {{VLC}} can do more.

What are the usage restrictions for VideoLAN software?
Short answer: there are none.

You can use the software in the way you want (within the boundary of law), for personal, educational, research, military, governmental and/or professional purpose.

May I redistribute a piece of VideoLAN software?
Yes, you may distribute an original or a modified version of a piece of VideoLAN software as long as you comply with its license terms. It is the GNU General Public License Version 2 (referred herein as GPL), and it is in the file named COPYING in our products.

How can I take screenshots?
To take a snapshot of the video displayed by VLC, you just need to press the pre-defined snapshot hotkey:

  • Windows / Linux / Unix: Ctrl+Alt+S
  • Mac OS X: Command+Alt+s

To change it, go to Preferences -> Interface -> Hotkeys settings, check Advanced options, and set Take video snapshot.

VLC Shortcuts

Written by on October 25, 2011 in Tutorials - Comments Off

As you may already know, VLC Player has many shortcuts to help you control the media player faster. Actually, you can control the whole application without having to touch the mouse if you know the right shortcuts. Since you may not know what these shortcuts are, we decided to compile a small list of the default VLC shortcuts and explain to you what they do.

Keyboard Shortcuts Explanation
S Stop Playback
+ Play Faster
- Play Slower
T Position
P Previous Clip
N Next Clip
F Fullscreen Mode
M Mute Player
Shift + Rt Arrow Move forward 3 seconds
Shift + Lt Arrow Move backward 3 seconds
ALT + Rt Arrow Move forward 10 seconds
ALT + Lt Arrow Move backward 10 seconds
Ctrl + Q Exit Application
Ctrl + Up Arrow Increase Volume
Ctrl + Dn Arrow Decrease Volume
Ctrl + Rt Arrow Move forward 1 minute
Ctrl + Lt Arrow Move backward 1 minute
Ctrl + R Start Recording
Alt + Ctrl + S Take Video Screenshot
Ctrl + M DVD Main Menu
Ctrl + P Previous DVD Title
Ctrl + N Next DVD Title
Ctrl + B Bookmarks
Ctrl + P Go to Playlist
Ctrl + L Streaming/Media Information
Ctrl + S Go to Preferences
Ctrl + G Extended GUI (User Interface)

Also, all these shortcuts can be changed at any time in the preferences menu. Simply go to Tool > Preferences and click on the “Hotkeys” tab on the left. There you will see all the possible hotkeys as well as an option to change them below. To change the hotkey, double click on the action you want to change and then press the keys which you want your new action be be assigned to. Don’t forget to save.