Posts Tagged ‘vlc’

black screen with VLC and mplayer

September 5, 2013 Leave a comment


When trying to play a video, I get a black screen. It’s the same with VLC and mplayer.



alias mplayer='mplayer -vo x11'


Go to Tools -> Preferences -> Video. At the Output, choose “X11 video output (XCB)” from the dropdown list. If it doesn’t work, untick the option “Accelerated video output (Overlay)”.

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VLC gets stuck

January 29, 2013 Leave a comment

On my Linux box, VLC gets stuck sometimes and only the good old “kill -9” can shoot it out. Is there a single command to kill it?


alias killvlc='kill -9 `ps ux | grep vlc | grep -v grep | tr -s " " | cut -d" " -f2`'
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Play Youtube videos with VLC

November 27, 2012 1 comment

Did you know that VLC media player can play Youtube videos? Neither did I. Try this:


Does Flash break all the time? Use VLC :)

Tip from here.

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Play an interlaced video without those funny lines

March 20, 2012 Leave a comment

I wanted to watch a DVD but it was interlaced, thus it contained lots of disturbing horizontal lines. How to get rid of those lines? Is there a way to filter them out?

Mplayer has an option for that :) Try this:

mplayer -vf pp=lb interlaced_video.iso

This procedure is called deinterlacing.

Tip from here. Image borrowed from here.

VLC can do this too. Available under Video -> Deinterlace. You can also choose the deinterlacing method under Video -> Deinterlace mode.

VLC 2.0 is out

February 22, 2012 Leave a comment

How to install VLC 2.0 in Ubuntu

In short:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:n-muench/vlc
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install vlc
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VLC’s sound is crackling

February 10, 2012 5 comments

Under Ubuntu, when playing a movie with VLC, I hear some crackling. The audio output is distorted. With mplayer everything works fine.

I found the solution here. This problem is caused by pulseaudio. Start VLC, then go to Tools -> Preferences -> Audio, and change the Output module from the default to ALSA. The distortion went away.

Note that I have Ubuntu on several machines and I had this problem on one machine only.

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Configure Midnight Commander to open files with custom application

December 8, 2010 7 comments


You use Midnight Commander (mc) for all your file operations. So far it’s not a problem :) However, when you hit Enter on a file, you would like to set what application mc should use for opening the given file.

For instance, you want to open an .avi file with VLC instead of X player, etc.


Steps to follow:

cd ~/.mc
cp /etc/mc/mc.ext .
ln -s mc.ext bindings

That is, copy the global mc.ext to your local .mc directory and put a symbolic link on it called bindings. Now you can start customizing your local mc.ext file.

Don’t forget to restart mc after editing mc.ext!


(1) You want to open all your video files with VLC. You also want to add support for .wmv files.

# add these lines

# modify the include/video section
    #Open=(mplayer %f >/dev/null 2>&1 &)   # for mplayer
    Open=(vlc %f >/dev/null 2>&1 &)   # for VLC

(2) Open .docx files with

# add these lines
    Open=(ooffice %f &)

(Thanks for the mc mailing list for their help).

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Rip a CD/DVD

November 16, 2010 Leave a comment


You have a CD/DVD and you want to store its content on your hard drive in an .iso file. That is, you want to rip the CD/DVD.


Here I explain how to rip a CD. In the case of an unprotected DVD the method is the same. If the DVD is protected by a region code, you can still rip it but you cannot play it back normally :( For ripping protected DVDs, you need more sophisticated techniques but that’s out of the scope of this post.

So, either you do it in command-line or in Gnome (I use Gnome).

Command-line solution:

time dd if=/dev/sr0 of=/tmp/ripped.iso

It’s a good idea to add the time command, then you’ll see how much time the process took. In the example /dev/sr0 is the filesystem of my CD, you will have to replace it with a value that is specific to your machine. To figure it out, use the df command. In my case I got the following output:

$ df
Filesystem    1K-blocks      Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1     230598832 159681596  59203444  73% /
/dev/sr0         424112    424112         0 100% /media/cdrom0

GUI solution:

In Gnome just do the following. On the desktop right click on the CD/DVD icon. Choose Copy Disc… from the popup menu. Under Select a disc to write to, choose Image File. Click on Properties, and at the bottom of the file selector, next to Disc image type, choose “ISO9660 image”. Specify the output file and start ripping by clicking on the button “Create Image”.

Playing back a DVD iso file

If you ripped a movie from an unencrypted DVD, playing back the iso file is very simple. Use the VLC media player and pass the iso file as if it were a normal avi. Example:

vlc holidays.iso

Update (20110605)

When you insert a DVD, it is mounted automatically under /media, for instance in the folder /media/Holiday. In the /media/Holiday you will find two subfolders, AUDIO_TS and VIDEO_TS (or something similar). How to play it with VLC? Nothing is simpler:

$ cd /media
$ vlc Holiday/

Easy :)

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