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Useful tricks on VLC media player

VLC media player is the world most popular media player. Most of the people like it because of its simple front view, smooth in use, YouTube upload integration and has many different features. VLC media player supports almost all formats of videos.

  • It is simple, fast and powerful media player.
  • It plays everything: Files, Discs, Webcams, Devices and Streams.
  • Plays most codecs with no codec packs needed: MPEG-2, DivX, H.264, AVI, MKV, MP4, WebM, WMV, MP3, MP4, WAV(including DTS), FLV etc.
  • Runs on all platforms: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Unix and other systems like FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, Android, iOS, QNX, Syllable, OS/2.
  • It is completely free, no ads, no spyware and no user tracking.
  • It can do media conversion and streaming.

VLC media player has so many features but most of the people are using it just viewing video and listening music. It may be they are not informed about this features. So they are looking for other software for streaming online TV show, streaming online radio, conversion one media format to another media format etc. Today I am going to share you some interesting and easy tricks on VLC media player. I hope that you not only will inform about it but also will enjoy performing it.

Watch online videos or TV shows in VLC media player

You can watch YouTube video, any online TV show or listen online radio in VLC media player. Suppose you want to watch a YouTube video in VLC media player. So follow the steps given below.
  1. Open VLC media player. Go to Media and click on Open Network Stream.
  2. Open your selected YouTube video in your browser and copy the video URL from browser URL bar. It looks like ###### for example
  3. Paste the URL into network URL section and click Play button.
You will see the video stream smoothly. Of course you need a good speed internet connection to see video stream. At the same way you can watch free internet TV with VLC player.

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Streaming VLC

Convert videos with VLC media player

Yes, you can convert video with VLC player. Though this features is not well known to users. Maybe you will like it. Let’s follow the steps.
  1. Open VLC media player. Press shortcut key Ctrl + R or go to Media and click on Convert/Save.
  2. A window will pop up. Now click on Add and choose the video that you want to convert. Click on Convert/Save button.
  3. Now Browse the destination folder where you want to save the video. Give a File name with proper extension (*.avi, *.flv, *.mp4 etc. where * is file name e.g. Godzilla.avi, Mission-Impossible.mp4 etc.). Change profile settings to AVI, MP4, FLV etc and click Start button.
That’s it. Thus you can convert any video by VLC media player.
Use VLC media player as video converter

Record your Desktop

Most of the people are looking for various type of desktop recorder software. They don’t know VLC media player has desktop recording feature. You can create HD video with preferable video format. Let’s follow the steps given below.
  1. Open VLC media player. Go to Media and click on Open Capture Device or press shortcut key Ctrl + C. From Capture Mode option select Desktop.
  2. Now set desired frame rate for the capture 25.00 to 30.00 f/s (i.e. 30 frames per second. If number of frames per second is higher then video quality will be better). Click on Convert/Save button from dropdown menu.
  3. Click on Browser to choose the destination folder. Give a preferable name with proper extension. For example video-name.mp4. Now click on Start button.
Use VLC media player as desktop recorder

Take snapshot from a video by VLC media player

Sometimes when you are watching video, you saw a beautiful moment and want to capture it. It is a lengthy process to Press Print screen button, open paint and paste it. You can quickly take screenshot of a video using VLC player. Go to Video option and click on Take Snapshot or right click on video, go to Video option and click on Take Snapshot. The image will saved in Libraries -> Pictures folder.

Recover pen drive memory space

Have your pen drive memory space been lost? Don't worry. You could recover pen drive memory space easily. Most of the time it happens when you are going to make a bootable pen drive or doing other things. Many people comments us that after making a bootable pen drive they lost their pen drive memory space (from 8GB to 2GB). Please don't take it as a serious issue. It does not hamper your pen drive memory. Actually your USB flash drive (pen drive) memory space divided into two parts, one is allocated memory space and another is unallocated memory space. If you are using Windows operating system then "Disk Management" application will help you to add this unallocated memory space with allocated memory. "How do I recover this unallocated memory space?" Well, you can follow the steps given below.

  • Insert your pen drive to PC.
  • Type "Disk Management" in windows "Search programs and files" from Start menu.
  • In searched programs you could see "Create and format hard disk partitions". Open it.
  • You could see your computer as well as pen drive memory space partition.
  • To combine Primary Partition with Unallocated space, first select Primary Partition. Now click on cross (Delete) button on the above toolbar.
  • Now you can see you pen drive has one partition i.e. unallocated space and memory space is your original pen drive memory size. Let’s make this unallocated space to usable memory (Primary Partition).
  • Select the unallocated space, right click on it and click on New Simple Volume. (Or you may go to Action -> All Tasks -> New Simple Volume).
  • New Simple Volume Wizard will pop up. Click Next. Check Maximum disk space in MB is same as Simple volume size in MB. Click Next. Assign the following drive letter anyone from dropdown list and click next.
  • Format this volume with following settings where File system: FAT32 Allocation unit size: Default and Volume label: anything (it is your pen drive name). Perform a quick format click next then Finish.

That’s all. Your pen drive’s unused memory space recovered.
Primary partition and unalocated space of pen drive

Some other tips on pen drive.
Sometimes you could see that if a single file (like video, image file .iso, zip, rar etc. file) size more than 4GB then you could not copy these file into your pen drive from PC. It happens when your pen drive file system is FAT or FAT32. So to copy those large file into your pen drive you first format your pen drive as file system : NTFS (if your USB pen drive support). It also increases your pen drive performance.

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Worldwide free Local and STD call

You want to say that I can talk to my friend from mobile phone or land phone with free of cost? Are you crazy? Are you not joking with me? These questions are revolving in your mind.

Yes, you can make free Local and STD call in each country. I am not joking. Before I writing this post I test this tricks and make free Local and STD call to my friends. So it is not a joke. Actually I found a website from where you can make free call. The website is . You can make ISD call between Canada and US only and make Local and STD call to all other country listed in their drop down menu.

  • At first you have to install an application to your smartphone. If you have not a smartphone then no problem you can use their web browser calling. To make web browser call you need not required contact list, headset or software, just open their website from your computer.
  • For first time you have to register a new account to login or you can use your facebook account to login.
  • After login you will see two columns From and To. Select you and your friend’s location (Country). To make free call Country should be same except calling between Canada and US.
  • Enter you and your friend’s mobile phone or land phone number in From and To column respectively.
  • After typing phone number if the Free Call button will green then click on the button. Both you and your friend’s number will ring and the call will be connected for free.

Each time you can talk 10 minutes 5 minutes after that you can redial and talk again 10 minutes 5 minutes and so no. So enjoy free calling.

Update: Dingaling change the each call duration limit from 10 minutes to 5 minutes.

Note: Make sure you are not disconnected you internet connection when you are calling. Today one of my friend login his account from mobile phone browser and he trying to call someone typing his same mobile phone number and when he receive the call his internet connection has gone. As a result he could not make free call. But when he login from his computer and dial for free call then he gets success.

Video tutorial: How to make free call

Make free call from mobile phone or Land phone. It is free for local and STD call and it works in most of the countries.
Make free call from mobile phone