VLC has long been known as a free media player. But the hidden features in VLC are far more interesting than it being player software. Just to name a few, VLC also works as video editor, DVD ripper, and video converter. But don't expect it to meet all your video editing needs. It is by no means as professional as Adobe Premiere Pro, iMovie, VideoProc or even Windows 10 built-in video editor - Photos.

We are going to reveal all the video editing features hidden in VLC, and show you how to use VLC to create a movie by rotating, splitting, cropping image, adding text, etc.

Open the video you want to loop in VLC. Select View and enable Advanced Controls. You should see four new controls appear above the play button at the bottom. Set the video at the start point of your desired loop and click the third button ‘Loop from point A to point B continuously’. You should see the first part of the icon turn orange.

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  • Part 1: How to edit video with VLC player?
  • Part 2: Need editing features VLC doesn't have? See a beginner-friendly alternative.
  • Step 2: From your VLC screen, use the menu bar to enable the Advanced Controls by clicking View Advanced Controls. Quickly and easily enable advanced control options in VLC Frankey J. Mangra (Own Work).
  • Follow these steps to control the speed of the video using VLC. Launch the VLC media player and open the video file from the media tab or just by double clicking the file. Now go to Playback and navigate to speed. There are four options faster, faster (fine), normal speed, slower, and slower (fine).

What Video Editing Features VLC Player Gives You

Check out the list below (only visible on computer) for what edits you can do with VLC. In our experience, you better not add text with VLC. There are no options of font style, font color or font size. VideoProc and Photos are two good and free alternatives.

VLC Hidden Editing Features



Crop video from top, bottom, left or right


Cut video through recording a specific range of clip

Image effect

  1. Adjust Hue, Brightness, Contrast, Saturation and Gamma
  2. Sharpen, Banding removal and film grain


  1. Color extraction
  2. Color threshold
  3. Negate colors, posterize, gradient, sepia


  1. Interactive zoom [1]
  2. Rotate by 90/180/270 degrees, flip horizontally and vertically, transcope, anti-transcope


  1. Add logo
  2. Add text


Anti-flickering, motion blur, spatial blur, clone, denoiser, anaglyph 3D, mirror, water effect, wave

Part 1: How to Edit Videos with VLC Player

We put the source link here below for you to free download VLC, in case you have turned to other player software and uninstalled VLC. The links are from VLC official website, 100% safe and clean.

Now you can import video in VLC media player, by openning VLC player > clicking 'Media' in the menu bar > openning File > select one or more video clips in local media folder > choosing the Open button.And then we will start showing how to use it for editing a video file below.

Tips: To start any video editing in VLC, turn on 'Advanced Controls' under 'View' in the menu bar.

1. Cut or Trim Video in VLC

1. Drag the playing slide bar to the start point you'd like to cut or trim the video.

2. Click 'Record' button and 'Play' button, and VLC media player will begin recording the video.

3. Click 'Record' button again to stop the recording at the end point of desired video part.

4. Check the trimmed video clips in Videos library or My Documents folder.

If you want to change the output folder to save the VLC trimmed video, follow this guide:

1. Click Tools > Preferences from VLC menu (for Mac version, go to Menu > Preferences).

2. In the Preferences dialogue box, tick Input/Codecs.

3. In the Record directory or filename section, click Browse to select the export folder.

So technically, VLC media player cuts your video in a video recording way. Besides, if you are running VLC on a Mac computer for cutting a video, there will be some differences from the steps mentioned above, and please refer to how to cut a video using VLC on Mac.

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2. Merge Video in VLC

3. Crop Video with VLC

There are two ways for you crop video with VLC media player:

Method 1 - Click 'Video' in the menu bar > move down to 'Crop' >select a specific aspect ratio, like 16:10, 4:3, 1.85:1, 1:1, etc > then video will be cropped for playback at that aspect ratio.

Method 2 - Scroll down to the bottom of the player and click 'Show extended settings' in the toolbar > switch to 'Video Effects' tab > Crop >set different values in the four positions (left, right, top and bottom) > Save.

As you can see, using VLC to crop unwanted areas of a video is not easy. You can read here for alternative ways to crop a video on Windows, easily and straightforwardly.

4. Rotate Video in VLC

There are two settings for you to change video orientation inside VLC: Transform and Rotate.

From the drop-down list of Transform, you can choose Rotate by 90/180/270 degrees, Flip horizontally or vertically, Transcope or Anti-transcope. Or just turn on the Rotate option and set a specific rotate angle.

Note that enable Transform and Rotate simultaneously only if needed, or you will have to rotate the video at a cropped aspect ratio.

Color correction settings and some others are also available in VLC. But to add text, watermark, or subtitles, VLC is not a good way to go. As we said before, you can't even adjust the font size. If another software with more editing features is still needed, try VideoProc, a non-linear video editor for entry-level user.

Part 2: VideoProc Can Do What VLC Can't Do [Favored by 90% Beginners]

VLC is absolutely a good free video playing and editing tool. But sometimes it is just not good enough. For example, you can't stabilize shaky video in VLC. As we mentioned before, 'Add text' in VLC needs to be improved. Besides, splitting video is not that easy to operate in VLC. Given the editing features VLC lacks, another easy video editor needs to stand by. VideoProc is a good alternative.

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  1. The interesting thing is VideoProc is not only a video editing tool. Just like VLC, it works as video editor, converter, downloader and recorder. Aside from that, a DVD ripping tool is built in as well.
  2. Full GPU acceleration supported! That really rocks when dealing with large-size and long footages, like 4K 60/120 fps video. It relieves CPU of the burden and prevents playback/editing lagging.

Most preferred by entry-level user of DJI drones, action cameras, GoPro series, iPhone, Sony and many more. VideoProc wins popularity for its ease of use, wide range of input/output formats and editing features. Both basic editings and advanced options are included: crop, split, rotate, speed up/slow down, add text/subtitle, filters, color correction, stabilize, denoise, etc. Click here to learn more about easy video editors >

[1] Solutions to can't move interactive zoom in VLC

VLC media player is a free media player capable of playing most video and audio files. Here we will be teaching you the basics of VLC that Beginner’s should know. Covering the most useful VLC features and capabilities that anyone can find useful. The uses that the software has make it optimal for being your default media player.

How to Change your Default Media Player in Windows 10

1. Open the Windows option by clicking the windows button on your taskbar. You can also open it using the Windows key on your keyboard.

2. Select Settings and a new window will appear.

3. Choose the Apps category.

4. Navigate to Default Apps on the side panel.

5. Click on the Video player app and you will be presented with alternative options.

6. Select the program to set it as your default media player.

How to Record with VLC

An often overlooked feature of VLC media player is its ability to record. Making it a great alternative for screen capture. Fortunately activating the screen recording is pretty easy.

1. Click on the Media tab and choose Open Capture Device.

2. Change the capture mode to Desktop and set the framerate you want the video to be recorded in. A framerate of 20-30 should be fine for recording your desktop.

3. Select the dropdown menu from next to the Play button at the bottom and choose Convert.

4. Choose the profile settings via the tool icon.

5. Select MP4/MOV as your file type.

6. Switch to the Video codec tab and check the video option. Then change the Codec to H-264 and the bitrate to at least 800. The higher the bitrate the better the video quality will be.

7. Press save, you may need to give your profile a name first.

8. Now choose your file destination by pressing “Browse”.

9. A file explorer window will open, navigate to the folder you want the recording to be saved to and give it a name. Press save to confirm.

10. Now when you press start the video will begin recording.

11. To end your screen capture simply open VLC and press the stop button.

How to Crop a video using VLC Media Player

Cropping a video allows you to cut out segments of a video. You can use VLC to crop a video from the top, bottom, left and right. Before cropping your video you will need to have an idea of how much you’re trying to remove. You can find the resolution of your video file by right clicking on it and selecting properties and details. Under the details you will see the width and height in pixels.

1. Check the video file you want to crop, right click and select properties and details to see the resolution. This will be needed for working out how much of the video you want to crop..

2. Open VLC media player and select the Tools option from the top menu then preferences.

3. A new window will open. At the bottom select the All option.

4. In the Video section open the Filters subfolder then Croppadd.

5. Choose how many pixels you want to crop from each side. Most videos have an aspect ratio of 16:9. If you want to keep this the same then for every 16 pixels you crop from the sides you will need to crop 9 from the top/bottom.

6. Click the filters heading and toggle the Video cropping filter option, then press save.

7. Open the Media menu and select the Convert/Save subheading.

8. Press “Add” and use the file explorer to locate and select the file you want to crop. Press Convert/Save to confirm.

9. Choose to create a new profile.

10. Give the profile a name and choose MP4/MOV as your format.

11. Open the Video codec category. Tick the video option and switch the codec to H-264 and choose your bitrate. The higher the better quality the video will be.

12. Switch to the Filters tab and ensure that Video cropping filter is checked. Press create to confirm your Profile.

13. Select the Browse button to choose your file destination. Name the file and select the folder you want your cropped video to be placed into. Make sure to give the file a new name as to not overwrite the original.

14. When you are ready to begin cropping the video press Start.

How to Trim a Video Clip using VLC Media Player

You can also use VLC to trim video clips. This feature works well paired with the the desktop screen recording feature. When you’ve recorded a video you need to open VLC to stop the recording. This means that unless you’re using a keyboard shortcut the program will be seen at the end of the video. You can then trim that segment of the video out also using VLC.

1. Launch VLC and hit the Media tab located at the top left of the window. Choose to open a file.

2. Find the video clip that you want to cut and open it.

3. The video will automatically start playing, pause it.

4. Open the View tab at the top of VLC and enable Advanced Controls if they’re not currently selected. If the option has a tick next to it then it is enabled. You will now notice new options under the video preview.

5. Just under the video playback there is a timeline . Click and drag the marker to where you want the video to begin.

6. You can use the frame by frame option to move one frame forward on the track. This is great for selecting precise starting points.

7. Once you have your starting point selected press the red circle recording button.

8. Press play and let the video play through. Press the recording button again when the video reaches the point you wish to end the trim.

9. The trimmed clip will automatically be placed into your videos folder.

How to Convert Video File Formats

If you are noticing playback or compatibility issues with a program converting the file may help. Some video editing programs may have trouble with less common media formats. This makes being able to switch a video to MP4 or another format useful. Converting video formats with VLC is easy and fairly fast.

1. With VLC open select Convert / Save under the Media tab.

2. Select “Add” then locate and open the video that you want to convert.

3. Press the Convert / Save button at the bottom of the window.


4. Create a new profile for converting.

5. Select the format that you would like to convert your video to.


6. Switch to video codec, toggle video and select H-264.

7. Set your Bitrate, the higher the better quality your newly converted video will be. If you convert and notice the quality isn’t as good as you would like then you increase it.

8. Name the Profile and press Create to confirm.

9. Select Browse and choose a location and a name for your file.

10. Press Start and VLC will begin to convert your file.

Add Subtitles to Movies and Shows using VLsub

You can add subtitles to shows and movies that don’t already have them. This is done entirely inside of VLC media player using VLsub. There are usually multiple subtitles available for popular shows and movies, including in different languages.

1. Open the show or movie that you want to watch.

2. At the top of the window you will see several different options. Select View and then VLSub. This may be called “Download subtitles” in some versions of VLC.

3. Once VLSub has been selected a new window will appear. If your video is a movie then type the name into the title section. For a show you can enter a title, season and episode.

4. Press “Search by name” and VLC will start to load any subtitle options available.

5. Select the subtitle you want to use and press “Download selection”.

6. Press the “Subtitle” heading at the top of the player, then hover over “Sub track”. Ensure that the track is selected.

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7. Play the video and enjoy.

Adjusting Subtitle Speed to Sync in VLC

1. At the top of the window select Subtitles and then hover over Sub track. Here you should be able to see if there is a subtitle active. If there isn’t one you will need to load it.

2. Start to watch the video and get a rough idea of how far out of sync the subtitles are.

3.. Select Tools and choose Track synchronization. A new window will appear.

4. You will notice a “Subtitles/Video” section. Here you can change the offset of the subtitles. Enter the amount (in seconds) that the subtitles are out of sync. If your subtitles are appearing before the vocals then enter the number is positive form (eg 7.000 s). However, if the audio is before the subtitles then enter a minus sign before the amount (eg. -7.000 s).

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5. Close the window.

6. Begin to play the video and ensure that the subtitles are now inline with the vocals.

7. If the audio is not synced readjust the settings.

Watch YouTube Videos with VLC

A lesser known feature is the ability to watch YouTube videos with VLC Media Player. This feature isn’t only limited to YouTube however, you can watch most online videos with VLC. If the video doesn’t play the video may not be compatible. This could be because of copyright issues.

1. Copy the YouTube video URL to your clipboard. Either right click and select copy, or use Ctrl + C.

2. Click Media at the top left and select “Open Network Stream” (Ctrl + N).

3. Paste the URL in the provided location.

4. Press Play and the video will begin to load, then play.

Add Skins or Themes to VLC Media Player

The default appearance of VLC is fairly bland. Fortunately you can customize the appearance of your VLC media player by installing skins. This can be a good way to add a dark theme or modern appearance to the player.

1. Download the skin that you want to use.

2. Open preferences by pressing Ctrl + P or by choosing it under Tools.

3. Check the “Use custom skin” option.

4. Select Choose so that you can navigate to the skin file. Open it and then save.

5. Close and Reopen VLC. The new skin should now be applied.

How to watch 3D videos in VLC Media Player

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It is possible to watch 3D videos inside of VLC media player. However when you first try to play a 3D video you will notice a side by side will begin playing. This is quickly changed to allow for 3D compatibility.

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1. Open the 3D video that you want to watch in VLC media player.

2. Head over to Tools and choose “Effects and Filters”.

3. Select the Video Effects category and then the Advanced subcategory.

4. Check the 3D Anaglyph box and save the settings.

5. Play the video and the content should now be working properly.

Final Thoughts

VLC media player is an all around great program, worthy of being your default media player. The features and compatibility allows for you view almost any video file without having to switch between players. The variety of uses give you great functionality and allows for one program to complete many tasks. With the ability to instal skins you can even tailor VLC to the appearance you want. VLC media player is definitely one of the better and more robust options available.