VLC Media Player is an open-source media player / transcoder / streaming server maintained by the VideoLAN organization.

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How to set VLC as default video player?

Can't seem to set VLC as the default video player. I have gone to System Settings -> System Info -> Default Applications, and changed "Video" to VLC media player. However, all movies still open with ...
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How to update VLC to the latest version?

As VLC 2.0 is released, how do I get it in Ubuntu (XUbuntu actually, in my case) 11.10? Any PPAs or packages to download? The official page says "Ask your favorite packager..."
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unable to play HEVC files on ubuntu 14.04 LTE

I have tried VLC and totem players but they are not working. I then searched and re-installed the VLC with latest version available, this time I am getting a green layer on the video. Any help?
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Why isn't VLC the default video player?

Why does Ubuntu come with Totem set as default? Is there a reason or am I just wrongly assuming everybody thinks Totem is actually inferior to VLC? Not to mention VLC is vastly known as perhaps the ...
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How to show subtitles under the video in VLC?

Using VLC 1.1.12 on Ubuntu 11.10, I'd like to show subtitles under the video so that they don't disturb me. I tried to change it: Interface > Preferences > Subtitles & OSD > Force subtitle ...
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How to make the keyboard media keys to work with VLC globally?

My keyboard has media keys and they work globally on Unity with Banshee but don't with VLC when another app is focused. How would I fix that?
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Can linux play blu-rays?

So I recently bought a blu-ray drive since I started accumulating a bunch of movies and shows on the format, and I was wondering if linux/ubuntu can actually play them? If not it's fine I can just ...
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How do I resume video play from the point it was stopped with VLC?

How can I play a video starting from the point it was stopped last time? This is useful for watching long videos. I am using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and VLC media player.
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Playing Blu-ray using VLC

I've been searching for a way to play Blu-ray using VLC on Ubuntu 12.04 64bit and all of them tell me that I've to somehow rip the disk into .mkv format then play it. But today, I found a page with ...
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VLC will sometimes have issues displaying video in fullscreen.

Recently VLC has been having issues displaying video in fullscreen mode. AFAIK, nothing has changed with the video card drivers and it's certainly the same version of VLC. (/me shakes a fist at the ...
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Way to make video-thumbnails generate from VLC instead of Totem?

I'm suffering from problem that video-thumbnails do not appear in nautilus for some video files. I just found this bug typefinding: some mpeg files are not identified as mpeg files which seems to ...
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VLC player mutes when seeking

In my Ubuntu 14.10, I have VLC 2.2.0 installed. I encounter this annoying problem that VLC mutes when I seek forward or backward through a video. I have to do few seeks backward and forward again to ...
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VLC won't play DVD movies

I installed VLC player on my Ubuntu 14.04 system. DVD movies won't play (no sound or picture) even though the computer tries to start the movie. What's wrong? Is the version wrong for Ubuntu 14.04?
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Can anyone recommend a good VLC alternative?

I'm getting sick and tired of VLC. The issues are too many to mention in detail, but generally: bugs (ballooning out of memory on fake/exotic movies, leftover windows, many others) and the ergonomics ...
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Can't change global default video player to VLC?

I have already set VLC for default video player but still vids, movies, etc. open in Banshee and I cannot find anyway to turn that off. So far I have to manually tell each vid to open with VLC and to ...
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How to add “Add to VLC playlist” to the right click menu of Nautilus?

The Problem While you are playing any song or other media file on VLC and open another such file, then another instance of VLC opens. (You aren't going to hear and understand anything until you are a ...
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How to pause VLC playback when the headphones are disconnected?

How is it possible to pause the playback of VLC when my headphones are plugged out? I can mute the speakers via ALSA, but I want to use the plug trigger to stop the playback, as it is usual in ...
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Ubuntu VLC subtitles blurry

When I watch a film with subtitles in either VLC or other movie players, the subtitle isn't as clear as on Windows. It's thin and seems to be grayed out, whereas in VLC on Windows I have a clear ...
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How to play embedded flash videos in external players?

As discussed in a separate question, embedded flash videos are abnormally heavy on GPU resources. The answer given by izx here (and namely in one comment) shows that ”Flash 11+ "attempts" (poorly, ...
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How do I play m3u8 files?

I would really like to play m3u8 files (more specifically, http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/NTV-Public-IPS.m3u8) but when I try to run it on VLC player, it goes on to multiple .ts files with a ...
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How to host a video conference with VLVC?

I just found out that you can use VLC and VLVC to hold video conferences between 2-10 people, and that sounds amazing, hopefully removing the heavy lean on Skype. Can anyone tell me how to set up ...
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Can't play wma, wmv or 3gp files

Since I installed ubuntu 14.04 I can no longer play wmv, wma or 3gp files with any player ( gxine - vlc - totem - etc.) I have installed Ubuntu restricted extras and ffmpeg. My friends, I found the ...
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How to play webm (using the VP9 codec) in VLC?

When I play a .webm file using the VP9 codec in VLC, I get the following error message (and the audio is played): VLC does not support the audio or video format "VP90". Unfortunately there is no ...
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VLC - YouTube videos won't play anymore

I would like to play youtube videos on VLC. I am newbie (one of mac os re, but can fallow instructions :) when i enter address on network stream nothing happens it is on the playlist but nothing ...
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Not able to install VLC and other programs due to strange dependency problems [duplicate]

The following packages have unmet dependencies: vlc : Depends: vlc-nox (= 2.1.4+git20150226+r54594+19+11~ubuntu14.04.1) but it is not going to be installed Depends: libsdl-image1.2 (>= ...
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Is there a way to control VLC from the Sound Menu?

Is there a plugin for this? I'd really like to be able to pause/play/skip in VLC from the sound menu.
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How to register VLC as a multimedia player in Ubuntu system?

In "Preferences - Preferred Applications" there is a choice of Totem and Rhythmbox (actually it was, before I've uninsulated both of them favouring DeadBeeF for audio, raw mplayer for video and VLC ...
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How do I enable hardware accelerated video in VLC with Intel HD 4000 GPU?

I am running Ubuntu 12.10 on a Dell Latitude E5530, and I am unable to get hardware accelerated video decoding running in VLC player. I've ticked the hardware acceleration option in the settings of ...
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How to play full screen video on second monitor?

I have two identical monitors, and when playing a full screen video on one of them using the default player or VLC and then working on the other monitor - the top bar and the launcher appear above the ...
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VLC Media Player Green Line

I am using Ubuntu 14.10 64bit and the latest version of VLC media player, when I play a video (MP4, MKV AVI etc... it doesn't matter) at the bottom of the screen there is a green line It isn't an ...
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How do I set a VLC instance to run as a Live Wallpaper

I've seen an article describing how to use VLC as a live wallpaper for the desktop, however the options mentioned there only refer to Windows. What would I need to do to achieve the same result?
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How do I install VLC extensions?

VLC player allows installing extensions, plugins, skins. They have to be copied into a folder: for example, its .lua extensions should be in a folder with the same name. Where is that?
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Black screen when playing a movie in VLC player, just the sound is enabled

When I move the VLC player window, I can see the video but when I stop moving it, then it gets back to black. This happens not only in VLC but with my webcam too, when I use camorama webcam.
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What is vlc-nox?

At the time time of installing vlc on my laptop I entered the command in terminalvlc.And then it says the ` program vlc is not currently installed you can install it by typing sudo apt-get install ...
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Is it possible to close vlc to system tray?

I have recently installed vlc remote in my phone and I can't use it unless vlc is opened so I was wondering if it is possible to always keep VLC opened like skype and utorrent in windows, Thanks in ...
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How do I record the NASA HD TV feed?

I have been trying to figure out a way to record NASATV HD live feed/broadcast but it seems to be harder than I envisioned. Anybody with enlightened suggestions? I am in the dark...
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Screen turns off while VLC is playing movies in Kubuntu

When I play a movie on VLC the screen turns off after 10 minutes. I used to run Ubuntu and this didn't happen there.
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How to install VLC 2.2 in Ubuntu 14.04?

I want to install VLC 2.2 Weatherwax in the Ubuntu (well, Xubuntu) 14.04 LTS release. There is a PPA from Videolan on Launchpad that offers more recent VLC releases for Ubuntu Trusty 14.04. Except ...
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Play the movie faster with cvlc

I have seen that I can control the speed of vlc by using the keyboard shortcuts +/-. It works to play the movie slower with [-], but I can't get it to play faster than 1.00x with the [+] keyboard ...
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Why do flash players consume up to 20 times more CPU than VLC player to view exactly the same video file?

When I play a video (H264 MPEG4 AVC 320x180) online (in Firefox or Chrome) it uses to consume up to 100% CPU, but if I download it (exactly the file played) and use VLC - it takes just 5% (6% at ...
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Vlsub extension for vlc issue

On freshly installed Ubuntu 14.04, with freshly installed vlc, the vlsub extension launches a window when no file is open. Once I open any video, the extension does not open the vlsub window. Tried ...
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VLC completely stopped working

VLC suddenly stopped working, this is what I get now when I try to run it: main libvlc: Running vlc with the default interface. Use 'cvlc' to use vlc without interface. main interface error: option ...
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Enable opengl in vlc

How do I enable opengl in vlc as video output. It's not listed as a alternative.
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How do I add more visualizations into VLC?

Am using VLC 2.0.8 and I was wondering if its possible to add more visualizations to show when playing audio? EDIT VLC has two waves in its scope visualization. Is there a way I can remove one? Am ...
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How can I stream my audio output with VLC to my Android device? [closed]

I want to use my Android device like a wireless headset, I want to stream my audio output with VLC and listen to that with an Android app. How can I make this happen with VLC? and what app can I use ...
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Cannot get 4od video streaming to work

I am running Ubuntu GNOME 15.10 with GNOME 3.18 and want to watch programs on 4od, but I am just met with a never ending spinning loading thing when trying to play a video there. I did some further ...
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How do I solve green layer problem while playing HEVC in Ubuntu 14.04?

I have a HEVC (x.265) video. I am trying to play it in latest VLC (Rincewind 2.1.6) in Ubuntu 14.04. I have already installed VLC plugin for HEVC. Here is the screenshot: However, when I try to play ...
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Remove VLC player from sound menu in Unity bar

I don’t use VLC that much to have it there, so I would like to remove it from the sound menu in the top right. I found a small image to show what it looks like (the sound menu is open and shows VLC ...
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I cannot play some WMA files

I did a backup of several music files from my older Windows XP system. Now I can play all the .MP3 files but not all the .WMA. There are some kinds of WMA files that can be reproduced without ...
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VLC will not install in Ubuntu 15.04 [duplicate]

VLC was working fine until I upgraded to 15.04. When I try to install via Software Centre, I get this error message: The following packages have unmet dependencies: vlc: Depends: vlc-nox (= ...