VLC media player is a free media player designed by the VideoLan project and it is one of the most widely used media players in the world. It has other features beyond the usual thing of just playing video and audio files which I will like to bring to your notice.
Recording a currently playing video/audio
The player can help you capture or record portions of a video or audio you are watching or listening to. To do this, click on View > Advanced Controls > and the red (Record) to start and stop recording.
Bookmaking a video
You may feel like watching a particular scene in a video or movie again and VLC player can help you bookmark that scene or portion in other to watch it later. Click on Playback > Custom Bookmark > ‘Manage’ and click on ‘Create’ to bookmark that portion of the video.
Ripping a DVD/CD
For the purpose of backup, the VLC media player can be used to rip (extract or copy files from) your DVD/CD. Choose ‘Convert/Save’ option from the ‘Media’ tab. Select ‘Disc’ and choose ‘DVD’. Choose the DVD drive location and click on ‘Convert/Save’ at the bottom. Select the output format you prefer under ‘Profile’. Choose the destination and filename and then click ‘Save’. Now click on ‘Start’ to begin.
Taking a snapshot
You were watching a video and then came across a nice scene which you might want to capture. VLC media player have got the solution to this problem. Click on the ‘Video’ tab. Now click on the ‘Take snapshot’ option from the drop down to capture that scene. Alternatively you can press on ‘Shift + S’ keys on the keyboard to perform the same action.
Adjusting the playing speed of a media
It is very simple adjusting the playing speed of a video or audio file when using VLC. Simply press the square bracket ( [ ] ) keys on the keyboard to increase or decrease the speed of the playing media.
Adding watermark or text to a video
You can add your own watermark or text to videos (recorded) with the VLC media player without the need of another software. Click on the ‘Tools’ tab > Click on ‘Effects and Features’ > Click on ‘Video Effects’ > Select ‘Overlay’. Add your watermark or text and click ‘Close’ to finish.