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For several users, installing VLC 2.0 from it's PPA will result in multiple problems with the system, including but not limited to:

  • Openshot not working
  • DeVeDe not working
  • Pitivi not working
  • Sound problems
  • Similar video tools having problems

How to fix this?

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The answer is to go back to 1.x since several libraries/tools are shared between other programs that VLC uses.

To solve this first:

  1. Remove the PPA from VLC 2.X from your Software Sources

  2. Run this in the terminal so it removes any trace of VLC 2.X:

    sudo apt-get purge vlc libvlc5 libvlccore5 vlc-data vlc-nox vlc-plugin-notify vlc-plugin-pulse

  3. Update Repositories: sudo apt-get update

  4. Install VLC 1.x: sudo apt-get install vlc

I'm sorry that I had to Ask and Answer this but do to some help about this with several friends and users here I thought it would be better to put it right now than wait. Hope it helps anybody that updates to VLC 2.x and finds problems after.

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