VLC stands for Video Lan Client, which is a highly portable free open source and cross platform player used in Linux, Windows and Mac osX. To download the latest version for any operating system, click here.

In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to play any videos from youtube directly into the player without even opening your browser (note that you must know the exact URL for the player to run the video). I’m using Peppermint OS 6 for this demonstration.

Learn how to watch YouTube videos in VLC so you can skip ads, adjust playback speed, and multitask with ease. There are lots of benefits to watching YouTube videos in VLC.  For starters, you can skip any ads that might play before videos without needing to use a browser extension. Second, you can change the playback speed of videos, which can help if you’re trying to learn something new, like a dance. Third, you can watch the video in a smaller window while still doing other things on your computer. And finally, you can capture snapshots from the video easily through VLC’s interface.

Before you try watching a YouTube video in VLC, make sure that you have the latest version. This can be accomplished by clicking on the Help menu and then selecting “Check for updates.” Evidently some of the small changes on YouTube’s end can break this feature of VLC, so don’t be surprised if you need an update in the future for this to work.

Step -1:-

Locate your favorite YouTube video URL. Just include the domain and video ID, in this example I’m watching my very own video named fedora 16 fallback mode, like this


Step – 2:-

Click the Media menu in VLC, then choose Open Network Stream.

Just copy and paste the URL into the text box and click Play at the bottom!

That’s it you have your own video running inside the VLC, so now you can sit back and watch the video without even need of opening a browser tab, and off-course you can multi task as well.

Have fun !

[via:- CNET.com]

By Akash Angle

I am a Full time Linux user who has quit using Windows for unknown reasons, making my life truly open source.

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