Posts Tagged ‘vlc’


Streamlink is a command-line utility that allows you to watch online video streams in popular video players, such as VLC, MPlayer or mpv.

(Under Manjaro it’s installable with yaourt.)


$ streamlink 
[cli][info] Found matching plugin twitch for URL
Available streams: 720p_alt, audio_only, 160p (worst), 360p, 480p, 720p (best)

$ streamlink best

If you just want to listen to it, select “audio_only” instead of “best”. It has lots of options, see the man for more info. For scripting, there is also a “-j” switch to produce a JSON output instead of normal text.

When is it useful? For instance you have a favourite channel that is streaming right now, but you don’t want to open it in the browser. Just launch it from the command-line and watch it in VLC. Or, if it’s a talk show, you just want to listen to it (see “audio_only”).

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VLC hotkeys that you must know

November 14, 2015 Leave a comment
a     - cycle aspect ratio (16:9, 4:3, etc.)
b     - cycle audio track
g, h  - adjust subtitle delay (down, up)
f     - fullscreen
space - pause

Full list here.

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Which media player to use?

November 2, 2014 1 comment

When I started to use Linux, I played movies with mplayer. Then the development of mplayer seemed to slow down (stopped?) and I switched to VLC. VLC is very easy to use and it plays everything, so I’m very satisfied with this player.

A few days ago I discovered mpv, which is a fork of mplayer2 and MPlayer. It shares some features with the former projects while introducing many more.

It seems that mplayer and mplayer2 are dead, but mpv is developed actively (check it out on github).

I just ran through its feature list and I saw that if you quit with Shift-q (i.e. Q), then mpv will resume from that position next time you start the same movie. Cool.

So next to VLC you can keep mpv too.

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.