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10 years of Open Source

Welcome to the pages for the Celebration of our 10 years of open source

We are here to celebrate the 10 years of the open sourcing of VideoLAN and VLC.

10 days of surprises, ideas and stories will pop up here.

Day 7: Cool thing to do with VLC

For our 7th day, we'd like to show out feature of VLC that you probably don't know about.

Running with coloured text output

One of the most useless feature of VLC is the Colored ASCII mode. To use it:
- vlc -Acaca
- Preferences → Video → Change "output" to "Color ascii-art video output".

Running with no interface

If you like the MPlayer usability, or if you want a VLC with no interaction, you should use the dummy interface:
vlc -Idummy or cvlc.

You can also approach this mode with the Interface Preferences options: change to "minimal starting mode".

Playback your screen

Try this one:
Media → Open Capture Device → Change "Capture mode" to "Desktop"

You can record, transcode and stream it too!

Open a Youtube URL

To open a Youtube video in VLC:
Media → Open Network → Paste the complete Youtube URL, like

Use the interactive zoom

Did you know about the interactive zoom filter in VLC?

To use it, play a video, then
Tools → Effects & Filters → Video Effects → Geometry, tick "Magnification/Zoom".
Use your mouse in the top left corner to have fun with it!

Support us

Since all the work on VLC and other videolan projects is done by volunteers in their free time, we welcome donations to help us manage the software. Donate now!


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