How do I enable opengl in vlc as video output. It's not listed as a alternative.

  • do you mean hardware acceleration?
    – Allan
    Mar 10, 2011 at 15:58
  • I don't know.. How do I check?
    – ganjan
    Mar 10, 2011 at 17:17
  • Use GPU Acceleration (experimental) in Input and codecs settings is this what you mean?
    – Allan
    Mar 10, 2011 at 19:21
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1) Open VLC media player.

2) Click on Tools and select Preferences… .

3) mark "All" under "Show settings" in the bottom left corner

4) Expand Video and click on Output modules. Note that DON’T expand Output modules, just click on it.

5) Set Video output module to “OpenGL” or another setting you may want

Note: These steps are for V1.0.6 (Goldeneye) but I'm sure they'll be similar for other versions as well.

  • Guess I just like the old school look. I just noticed that if you don't select "All" under show settings that you can just click video and change the setting for the "Output" field.
    – Bryan
    Mar 22, 2011 at 20:33
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    I know how to select the video output, but like I said, it's not listed as an alternative, thats the problem
    – ganjan
    Mar 24, 2011 at 10:08

OpenGL output is not yet available in the Debian/Ubuntu packages.

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