Vlc media Player User Guide

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VLC Media Player®

Version 2.2.4

By VideoLAN Organization

VLC Media Player® Getting Started Guide

For 64-bit Microsoft Windows®

VideoLAN, a project and a non-profit organization


VLC Media Player® Getting Started Guide

For 64-bit Microsoft Windows®

VideoLAN, a project and a non-profit organization

VLC Media Player® Getting Started Guide
VLC Media Player® is freeware provided by VideoLAN Organization and is intended for personal use only. Business or enterprise use is strictly prohibited. Reproduction or redistribution of this user guide is prohibited without the written consent of VideoLAN Organization.
Copyright Notice

Copyright © 2017 VideoLAN Organization

Published April, 2017

1st Edition


VLC Media Player is a registered trademark of VideoLAN Organization.

Contact and Support Information

To share your comments regarding VLC Media Player® or to contact the VideoLAN Organization Technical Support Team, please visit www.videolan.org.


Istraight connector 21. Preface 1
Istraight connector 22I. Getting Started 2-6
Sstraight connector 192ystem Requirements 2

Istraight connector 193nstallation Instructions 2-6
Istraight connector 194II. Using VLC Media Player® 7-9

straight connector 195

Lstraight connector 196aunching VLC Media Player® 7

Mstraight connector 197enu Items 8-9
Istraight connector 3ndex 10


Product Description
VLC Media Player® is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. This user guide is provided to personal users of VLC Media Player® v. 2.2.4 at no charge. The information contained herein is intended for beginner- to intermediate-level computer users and applies to the Microsoft Windows® version of VLC Media Player®. This guide contains general and how-to information for installing and using VLC Media Player® and is not intended to be all inclusive. For technical support or general inquiries regarding VLC Media Player®, please visit www.videolan.org.
Note: VLC Media Player® does not play Blu-Ray content.
What’s New in Version 2.2.4

  • Fixed crash in G.711 wav files

  • Fixed mp3 crash in libmad

  • Fixed out-of-bound write in adpcm QT IMA codec

  • Fixed overlay creation on Windows XP for DirectDraw video output

  • Improved compilation support for GNU/HURD

  • Minor UI improvements for the Qt interface on Windows, Linux, BSD


System Requirements
Personal Computer with the following:

Supported Operating Systems:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008

Installation Instructions

  1. Double-click the VLC Media Player installer file named, vlc-2.2.4-win64.exe, on your Desktop, as shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1. The VLC Media Player installer file.

  1. Select the language for the installer, as shown in Figure 2.

Figure 2. The language selection dialog box.

Click Next on the VLC Media Player Setup Wizard window, as shown in Figure 3.

Figure 3. The VLC Media Player Setup Wizard

  1. Click Next on the License Agreement dialog box, as shown in Figure 4.

Figure 4. The License Agreement dialog box.


  1. Click the checkboxes in the Choose Components dialog box to select the features you would like to install, as shown in Figure 5.

Figure 5. The Choose Components dialog box.

  1. Click the checkboxes in the Choose Components dialog box to select the file types you would like to associate with VLC Media Player®, as shown in Figure 6, and then click the Next button.

Note: If you are unsure about which file types to select do not change the default selections.

Figure 6. Select the file type associations in the Choose Components dialog box.

  1. Click the Browse button in the Install Location dialog box to select the location on your computer where you would like VLC Media Player installed, as shown in Figure 7, and then click the Install button.

Figure 7. The Choose Install Location dialog box.

  1. VLC Media Player® will install, as shown in Figure 8.

Figure 8. The installation progress indicator.


  1. Click the checkbox next to Run VLC Media Player® and then click the Finish button, as shown in Figure 9.

Figure 9. Completing the VLC Media Player® Setup Wizard.


Launching VLC Media Player®

  1. To run VLC Media Player®, double-click it's icon on your Desktop, as shown in Figure 10.

Figure 10. The VLC Media Player® icon.

  1. Click the checkboxes in the Privacy and Network Access Policy window to Allow [or Disallow] metadata network access and to configure the software to regularly check for updates, as shown in Figure 11. Then, click the Continue button.

Figure 11. The Privacy and Network Access Policy options window.


  1. VLC Media Player® will open to its main screen, as shown in Figure 12.

Figure 12. The VLC Media Player® interface.

Menu Items
Table 1, below, shows VLC Media Player’s® most commonly used main menu items, sub-menu items, and shortcut keys, if available.


Table 1. VLC Media Player’s® Commonly Used Menu Items

Media Menu

Shortcut Key

Open File…

Ctrl + O

Open Multiple Files…

Ctrl + Shift + O

Open Folder…

Ctrl + F

Open Disc…

Ctrl + D


Ctrl + Q

Playback Menu

Jump to Specific Time

Ctrl + T


Audio Menu

Increase Volume

Decrease Volume


Video Menu


Always on Top

Set as Wallpaper


Add Subtitle File…


Effects and Filters

Ctrl + E

Media Information

Ctrl + I


Ctrl + P



Ctrl + L

Fullscreen Interface





Check for Updates…


Shift + F1

Table 1. Continued



Blu-Ray Content, 1

Opening VLC Media Player, 7

File Types, 4

Privacy and Network Access Policy, 7

Installation, 2-6

Operating Systems, 2

Installer File, 2

Privacy, 7

Language, 2

System Requirements, 2

License Agreement, 3

User Interface, 8

Features/Components, 4

Menu Items, 8-9

File Associations, 4

Shortcut Keys, 8-9

Version Information, 1

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