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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