Mastering VLC 1.0 Media Player

After so many years of existence as a beta version, VLC is finally here
in version 1.0 final! A good opportunity to explore some options and
unknown tips this video software is certainly much more than just a

VLC has finally released the "final" 1.0 version. Version 1.0 brings
many improvements such as better image quality, compatibility with HD
media (Blu-ray, HD-DVD), the break instant of the picture and image by
image, video recording, support for Windows Media playlists and Zune.

We will discover various tips and little-known features of this version 1.0: 

  1. View the videos in full screen
  2. How to play a video screen
  3. How does the image by image work and captures images
  4. How to capture DVD
  5. How to return the video image 

1. Full Screen
Most of the time, we look at the videos in full screen. VLC offers two modes of full-screen display: 

  • The
    first maintains a menu bar at the top of the screen and a panel on the
    bottom of the screen. It is obtained by pressing [F11].
  • The
    second image actually displays video full screen, with a removable
    panel, which hides itself after a few seconds and reappear when you
    move the mouse. It is active by double-clicking on the screen or
    pressing the [F].

But we use most often the videos in full screen, it seems more logical
to set VLC to automatically switch into this mode at each reading of

  • Go to the Tools menu
  • Click Preferences
  • Open the Video tab
  • Select the Full Screen
  • Click Save

Here are the keyboard shortcuts to control VLC in full screen mode.

Switch to "Full screen"
VLC Media Player offers several buttons to switch from standard mode to full screen and vice versa.

  • Pressing [F] completely switches to full screen
  • Pressing [F11] retains a menu bar at the top, and a control bar at the bottom.
  • Double-click on the video has the same effect as the [F]

Commands mode "Full screen"
In full screen mode, the keyboard can be used to control playback.

  • Pressing [Space] switches to suspend mode (and vice versa)
  • Key [S] stops playing video and VLC iconified in the notification area
  • The button [N] is the next video in the list
  • The [P] is the previous video in the list
  • The key [to] force a change in operation and switches to 16:10, 16:9, 4:3, 5:4
  • Pressing [C] is similar to [A] but crop the image to achieve the desired ratio
  • The key [T] displays the elapsed time and remaining
  • Key [M] mutes the sound (mute function)
  • Pressing [-] triggers the idle
  • Pressing [+] accelerates reading
  • The combination [Ctrl] + [Alt] + [S] screen capture
  • The combination [Shift] + [Right Arrow]: Advance reading 3 seconds
  • The combination [Alt] + [Right Arrow]: Advance reading 10 seconds
  • The combination [Crtl] + [Right Arrow]: Advance reading 1 minutes
  • The combination [Crtl] + [Alt] + [Right Arrow]: Advance reading 10 minutes
  • The combination [Shift] + [left]: Move read 3 seconds
  • The combination [Alt] + [left]: Move read 10 seconds
  • The combination [Crtl] + [left]: Move read 1 minutes
  • The combination [Crtl] + [Alt] + [left]: Move read 10 minutes
  • The combination [Ctrl] + [H] lengthens the duration of subtitles 50ms
  • The combination [Ctrl] + [J] reduces the duration of subtitles 50ms

2. Wallpaper
VLC is now capable of displaying a video directly on the desktop as if
it were an animated wallpaper! A function that recalls a bit the
DreamScene Vista Ultimate, except that now, with VLC, it becomes
available in XP and Windows 7, but all versions of Vista.

For this to work, do not use wallpaper that has already been defined.
We must therefore go into the properties of the office and depending on
the version of Windows choose "No wallpaper" or set a background color
for the unified desktop.

  • Launch VLC
  • Go to the Tools menu
  • Click Preferences
  • Open the Video tab
  • In the Exit menu, select Video Output "Direct X"
  • Click Save
  • Quit and restart VLC to make sure you take into account the adjustment
  • Go to Media
  • Select Open File and select a video
  • At the time of video reproduction, click the right mouse button and select the Video option and tick the Direct X Wallpaper

Note: Under Windows Vista and 7, this option disables the Aero mode. This will be automatically reactivated once you quit VLC.

3. Image by image
So far VLC showed little talent for putting a video break. With version
1.0, you can enjoy a real pause function which reacts to the
quarter-round and offers a true frame by frame basis. It is very easy
to capture a picture.

  • Start VLC,
  • Go to the View menu,
  • Click Advanced Controls,
  • Note that the panel, is enriched with four new icons,
  • Go to Media
  • Select Open File and select a video,
  • Click on the last of the 4 advanced control icons (image by image),
  • Click on this icon to move to the next image.
  • To capture the static image, simply click on the photo icon (second icon panel advanced). 

Note 1: By default, captures are automatically saved in the file system
image. You can choose your destination folder by going to Tools, then
checking in All Settings, then by going to the Video tab, Screenshot
section and click Browse.

Note 2: The image by image mode does not work properly with all types
of video output. Therefore prefer the ‘Predefined "to" DirectX video
output "for example.

4. Capture a DVD
It is quite possible to capture a DVD with VLC to convert the video
format of your choice, for instance to play it on your video player:

  • Insert the DVD movie to catch in the DVD,
  • Start VLC,
  • Go to Media
  • Select Open Disc,
  • Check DVD
  • Check No DVD menus,
  • In the popup next to the Play button, select Convert or simply press [ALT] + [C]
  • Click Browse and select a destination and file name final
  • In the Profile menu, select the format compatible with your player (eg MP4 or ASF),
  • Click on Start.

5. Back Image
Sometimes the videos shot with a phone or a camcorder are not oriented
in the right direction. It may turn his head or turn the monitor, but
it is much easier and more convenient with VLC:

  • Start VLC,
  • Go to Media
  • Select Open File and select the video,
  • Go to the Tools menu,
  • Select List of effects and filters,
  • Open the Geometry tab,
  • Check the box Turn,
  • With the mouse, turn the arrow to specify an axis of rotation.

Note: To help you, you can adjust the axis of rotation in real time!
Start the reproduction of the video, as described above and note that
the image is running in real time when you rotate the arrow control.


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