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How to use VLC Media Player professionally

Download VLC Media Player for free to easily add a new audio track to your movie. For example, this can be used in the study of foreign languages. Thanks to this feature, you can watch a movie with a high-quality sound track, which became available after the release of the film.

To connect an external audio track, you need to perform a few simple steps.

First you need to make sure that you have two files: a movie and a sound file that you need to connect to the movie.

Then you need to follow these steps:

  1. Click on the “Media” tab and select “Open file with parameters”
  2. In the first tab “File” click the “Add” button to add a file with a movie.
  3. In the same tab, add a checkmark next to “Show advanced options”.
  4. Add a checkmark next to “Play another media file in parallel”.
  5. Press the browse button and select a file with an audio track.
  6. Click the “Play” button to start watching the movie with a new sound track.

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Replacing a sound track in a VLC

After searching and downloading the desired audio file, you should decide on how to add a third-party track to the video. You can solve this problem without using additional installation software. It is enough to use a VLC player.

VLC is a free software product for working with video and music. Let's look at an example of how to add an audio track to a VLC:

  • Open the video in the player,

Note that there are no track format requirements. You can use any extension, it will be read without any problems by the application and added to the main content of the video. After turning off the document, the audio is not saved and in the other player you will hear the original version of the translation.

  • Expand the menu tab "Audio»-«Audio track»,
  • Only the track that is initially “sewn"To file, in our case"Lane 1". Disconnect her

  • Go to the menu "Media"And select" Open file. " In a new window, add the video file through Explorer,
  • Press the "Additional»Parameters and tick the box to activate parallel media playback,
  • You can add a file using the "Overview».

To exit the menu "Source" Press "Play". Also, you can configure at what point in the movie you start playing a third-party track.

To connect to the VLC just created another sound track, click on the tab “Audio"And select the object"Lane 2».

VLC Player - Appearance and Accessories

In standard mode, the VLC interface does not support all functions. For example, the record or capture button is missing. You can activate the visibility of additional settings by selecting the Additional controls item in the View menu.

You can change the settings of the interface elements according to your needs through the menu InstrumentsInterface setup. In the window Toolbar editor You can change the location of individual interface elements, as well as add new functions and customize them.

More features. Despite the fact that in VLC player initially has a fairly large set of functions, a community centered around the program creates new additions for it. An example of an interesting extension for VLC is the automatic subtitle download module for playing video. Additions can be obtained at https: //addons.v> Program Files (x86) / VideoLAN / VLC / lua / extensions. Run VLC player - the module will be automatically initialized.

VLC player - download and watch videos from the network

Among the countless YouTube resources, everyone will find something for themselves. VLC Media Player allows not only to reproduce the materials published there directly in the application window, but also to download copies of them on the hard drive of the local computer.

To do this, copy the URL of the YouTube video, then paste it into VLCby opening the menu MediaOpen URL (or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + N). Then confirm the selection by clicking the Play button. The movie will start playing.

Now press Ctrl + J - this will bring up a window Media Source Informationin which you learn the codec settings, and in the line Location You will find a way to download this movie. Copy it and paste it into the address bar of the browser, and then go to the address.

If the movie starts playing, then it can be downloaded and viewed offline (just right-click on it and select Save video as. or click the Save button in Yandex.Browser).

Stabilization of streaming video. If the connection to the Internet is unstable or there are problems with the server, problems may arise with the reproduction of material from the Internet. VLC can handle this as well. When starting streaming video from the network, select the Show advanced settings check box.

The value appears in the window. Caching the default is 1000 ms. You can increase this value so that the player downloads the video “with a margin” and thus eliminates the risk of delays. To do this, use a text field Change settings. Indicate the line there: network-caching = 1000, where instead of 1000 you can enter a larger value.

VLC player - smartphone as a remote control

The VLC player can be controlled using a mobile device: smartphone and tablet. This is useful when, for example, on a TV, you watch a video from a connected computer or when you show a presentation.

Open the settings panel VLCby pressing Ctrl + P. A window will open Simple settings. At the very bottom, select the All checkbox to display the advanced player settings (note that the window changes its name to Advanced settings).

On the left, in the section Interface click Main interfaces and in the right pane, check the Web box. The entry below appears in the box below. http. Go to the left pane again, expand InterfaceMain interfaces and select Lua. In the right pane of the window, in part Lua HTTP in field Password enter password, save settings, close VLC player and run it again.

The next step is to change the parameters of the Windows firewall, which should provide the connection between the player and the smartphone. If when you restart VLC the firewall does not display a warning, you should make these changes on your own in the firewall settings.

When the firewall allows the mobile device to communicate with the player, you need to find out the IP address of your computer - you will find it using the system command line, called by the command cmdentered in the system search. In the window that opens, enter ipconfig. An IP address is a sequence of numbers next to IPv4 Address.

Now launch a web browser on your smartphone and in the address bar, enter the IP address of the computer, marked: 8080 (the port is used by VLC for remote control). Enter the previously set password, - a control panel will appear, allowing you to control playback on the computer.

VLC Player - Improving Video Quality

Video in low resolution does not look good when viewed in full screen. In such cases, the filters built into the VLC player may be useful. Ctrl + E will bring up a window Adjustments and effects. In section Video effects You will find options designed to sharpen and smooth the image, as well as to improve contrast and color.

Optimal image: fixed window size. According to the default settings, after turning on the movie, the player displays it in a window the size of the resolution. In some situations, this may be inconvenient, for example, when the video resolution is greater than the resolution of the monitor, then the player window will go “outside” the screen, and the interface control buttons will be unavailable. VLC player Allows you to determine the overall window size for all playback content.

This can be done by opening the settings (Ctrl + P). Select All at the bottom of the window to go to advanced options. Go to the section Video in the left panel, and in the right, in the section Window settings enter the desired window size. Clear the Autoscale video check box and save your changes.

Synchronization of sound and image. In some multimedia materials, the audio track is not synchronized with the video. AT VLC player You can try to minimize this problem. In the window Effects and Filters (Ctrl + E) go to the tab Synchronization. Customization Audio Track Sync used to determine the displacement of sound. You may need to refer to this setting several times before you can choose the optimal value.

VLC Player - Accurate Navigation

Creating a screenshot at a particular moment in a movie is not easy. In the end, in one second of playback, several tens of frames (depending on the standard recording material). Pressing the PrintScreen key at the right time can be problematic.

VLC player has a special function for this. Stop playing the video at the right time, right-click on the image and select the command from the context menu VideoTo take a photo. By default, the image will be saved in the system folder Images.

When using the video frame capture function and saving it as a graphic file, a highly accurate navigation mechanism for a specific frame of material is very convenient. Start playback and click the Frame by frame button.

Each subsequent press moves the video one frame.

Going to a specific place in the film - this option is useful, especially when playing long materials that you stopped viewing for some reason. Allows in case of resumption of playback immediately return to the place where the last time stopped. After downloading the file, press Ctrl + T in the window field Time transition Enter the time at which playback was paused. VLC will resume the film from this place.

Pause when minimizing the interface. Are you playing a movie while an email or instant messaging client is running in the background? You can quickly respond to a new message, without the need to shift the video in time and minimize the VLC window. Minimizing the player window will immediately pause playback.

In the program settings (Ctrl + P), on the tab Interface, check the box Minimize pause. Click the Save button.

VLC Player - Video Recording

VLC player allows you to record broadcasts carried out using a webcam. This way you save, for example, a Skype conversation file. The corresponding parameters are available in the program settings.

After pressing the key combination Ctrl + P in the window Simple settings open tab Input / Codecs. In section Files specify the path to save the file. Save the settings, then open the menu Source (Ctrl + C). Tab Capture device in the window Device selection select webcam. Click the Play button and start recording.

Tip: if in the drop-down list Capture mode choose Screen (default is Directshow), you can record the contents of the monitor screen, for example, for streaming games. In section Options specify the size of the created video. There must be at least 15 frames / sec so that the material is smooth.

Convert video. If your device cannot cope with playing some kind of video or audio file, this is usually due to the lack of support for the format in which the file is saved. In such cases, you must convert the file to a format that the device can handle.

If installed in the system VLC, then you do not need to install additional tools - the player performs such a conversion.

To do this, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + R. Click them and call up the dialog box. Source. Use the + Add button to select the files to convert. Under the Convert / Save button, a drop-down menu is hidden, by selecting the Convert option, you will open another window in which you can specify the target format of the converted file.

VLC Player - Audio Features

To listen to the radio broadcasts broadcast by Internet radio stations through the VLC player, press the key combination Ctrl + L. In the new window, click at the bottom of the left pane. Icecast Radio Directory. The application downloads a list of stations and displays them in the right panel. Double-clicking on any station name will start playback.

Media Player Classic-Home Cinema (MPC-HC)

View → Settings → Playback → Priority for selecting tracks

In the fields Subtitles and Sound it is necessary to list the languages ​​in a three-letter abbreviation (rus, eng, etc.) separated by a space.

VLC Media Player

Select a soundtrack language: Audio Tab → Tracks

In field Preferred Audio Language you must enter one or more languages ​​- a two-letter designation, for example: en

Subtitle language selection: Subtitle tab and display → Subtitle language

In field Preferred Subtitle Language you must enter one or more languages ​​- a two-letter designation, for example: ru

Preferred subtitle and sound tracks: 9 comments

I think I'm not the only one who came across this article in order to find ways to select the audio track / subtitle in the VLC player automatically (for example, for TV shows, so as not to change them constantly). No methods from Google helped, I solved the problem myself, I hope that I will help at least someone.
Everything is very simple: You need to go to Tools> Settings> Show all settings> Input / Codecs and there is an item “Audio track” and “Subtitle track”, by default it is -1 (it means there will be a choice of the first track), just change to the corresponding our audio track number minus one. For example, if the track is the fourth in a row, then you need to write the number 3, etc.
I hope at least someone helped.

sincerely dude, it helped a lot))

Thanks for writing!

It’s warm, but it’s not done that way, or rather it’s true and works.
But in fact, it's not about preferences, but at: LAV Splitter, which is displayed next to: FFv on the taskbar.
More precisely, in its included function of automatic selection of the best audio quality (for example: bitrate) audio tracks.
Namely: Prefer Audio Stream with the Highest Quality, which is translated into Russian: Prefer high-quality audio stream.
In general, in my case it was like this:
I myself determined how I need (via: VDub) to the places I need (1, 2 and 3) of the audio tracks of one movie.
I began to open the film in: MPC, and in short, instead of the first track (which I myself determined the first) to stereo, another 5.1 sounds, which is defined by the second track, there was the third one, but it did not skip to it.
It immediately began to come to me that it was because of some kind of switch, which, arbitrarily, for some reason, selects another audio track.
I began to rummage through the settings, but except for the standard switch of audio tracks (well, where you yourself must choose a track from the list), I did not find anything.
Right now I ran into interest in similar articles (this one last), where they suggested changing preferences, changed, in my case it’s by the numbering of roads: 1 2 3.
Everything worked correctly.
But by doing this, I only drowned out the problem, and did not solve it.
Because it was clearly not a matter of preference.
I began to rummage further, and in interest still read about a certain: LAV Splitter.
It began to reach me that the whole thing was possible in him, since I remembered that he was responsible for the audio, sort of.
In short, on the taskbar, I double-clicked on the icon that says: LAV.
A window appeared with some, as I understand it, settings (properties) of this very one: LAV.
Then I began to look in it for something like: “Auto”, but I didn’t find anything for this word.
Further, my eyes fell on the settings: Blu-ray Subtitles, but there, apart from the subtitle settings, of course, nothing was found.
I had no choice but to: lower my gaze even lower.
Where in: Demuxer Settings, I was attracted by one of the functions starting with: “Prefer” (the very first with such a beginning), namely: Prefer Audio Stream with the Highest Quality.
And my knowledge of (small) English, it became clear to me here exactly what is written about audio tracks (because: Audio Stream, can be translated as: Audio stream or audio track).
Well, and then, through the translator, I added everything translated into the fact that this is the same parasite (although I don’t know, maybe someone likes that it is self-willed), that function (against which the checkmark was by the way), short I switched the audio tracks of the film to those that were higher in bitrate (as it turned out), and since the 2nd track was really higher in bitrate, the player switched to it.
In short, I just unchecked this: Prefer Audio Stream with the Highest Quality.
And now everything fell into place.
That is, the movie tracks again work in the correct order, that is, which one was assigned as the first track in: VDub, and it plays by default, and not: MPC selects.
The next time, just when installing codecs, you will need to be more careful with the placement of checkmarks and another.

Alexander, thanks, that’s exactly what worked.

NOT what you need, but I understood the idea, I solved the problem, thanks for the tip!

100% solution to the issue.

Thanks Alexander, helped to figure it out. The problem I had was that in the animated series, episodes of 30 or more. And on it, 4 video tracks. By default, MPC was the first. But there, the English language drowns out Russian, and I needed to stand 4th with a clear, clear sound. По инету смотрел советы, везде было написано, что нужно просто зайти в настройки плеера, затем в графу Воспроизведение и напротив надписи Аудио, в графе Выбор Дорожек По Умолчанию поставить цифру дорожки. Все везде писали в комментариях: Спасибо, помогло…но сколько я не ставил цифру 4 в Аудио, ничего вобще не менялось, не было абсолютно никакого эффекта и по умолчанию по прежнему была первая дорожка. Я почитал что написал Александр, про какие-то опции LAV…после включения проигрывателя, у меня внизу отображается 4 значка, на панели 1.Blue box with the inscription LAV 2. Green arrow 3. Red box with the inscription LAV 4. White box with the inscription LAV. I went into the LAV with a blue square, this is Audio Decoder, the option is responsible for audio. But even there, disappointment awaited me, since there was no sign of Prefer Audio Stream with the Highest Quality there. The green arrow is some kind of VSFilter, the LAV on the red square is the Video Decoder, the last LAV option on the white square remains, this is the LAV Splitter. And there I just found the inscription Prefer Audio Stream with the Highest Quality, in front of which there was a checkmark. I shot it and when I turned on the video, the default track 4 started playing on it, which I had set in the playback settings. Checked, after the end of the first file, the second also starts with the 4th track. The essence of the problem was that in the Settings in the Playback column, in order to make any track by default, you just need to put its number, it doesn’t even matter if it is in the name of the track itself or not. But this will not work if the Audio Splitter is checked next to Prefer Audio Stream with the Highest Quality (I Prefer Audio Stream with the best quality). That is, this checkmark will block any of your choices in terms of the audio track in the settings. But if you remove it, the main thing will be exactly the number of the track that you put in the playback settings. And no Virtual Dub is needed here, this is Alexander’s mistake.