VLC is so much more than just a media player. In fact, it has editing capabilities and much more. Unfortunately, many of these features may not be apparent unless you read up on all that VLC Player has to offer. Here are some hidden features that can make VLC much more powerful and save you tons of time:
1. Creating Audio and Video Effects
Sometimes when streaming, the audio isn’t correctly synced up with the video, and this can be incredibly annoying. To fix this issue (or just to create some cool audio/video effects of your own,) open VLC Player and select Tools, then click on Effects and Filters. Next, choose Audio Effect or Video Effect. Here you can play around with the effects that are available and see the changes you make live. This menu item also allows you to change the Brightness, Hue, and other effects. Change the tab to Synchronization to correct the audio-video syncing problem.
2. Take a Snapshot of a Video
Taking a snapshot of a video is usually a tedious process involving Print Screen and Microsoft Paint. To take a snapshot with VLC, play a video and right-click on the desired screenshot. Hover the cursor over the Context Menu on the option that says Video. Select Take Snapshot in the popup menu. That’s all there is to it.
3. Use a Video as Your Desktop Wallpaper
No other media player offers this particular feature. Open VLC Player and go to the Preferences window. Choose the icon that says Video. Next choose the Output box and select DirectX (DirectDraw). Restart VLC. Then load the video you wish to use and click the Video menu again. Choose Set as Wallpaper. When you are finished, change the Output setting back to Automatic and restart.
4. Listen to Online Radio Stations
Literally hundreds of SHOUTcast radio stations are available in VLC Player, but these stations have to be enabled to be accessible. Go to Media and select Services Discovery, then choose SHOUTcast. Finally, open the Playlist and find the station you wish to play.
5. Stream Podcasts
Forget downloading extra software to stream the podcasts you want to see. Open VLC Player and select the View menu. Then choose Playlist. Hover your cursor over the Podcast selection area in the sidebar. Click the + button, and then paste the address of the podcast feed into the box. VLC Player can then stream that podcast.
Check out VLC for Windows 10 to get a jump on the future of audio and video!