VLC (short for Video Lan Client) is the most popular name in media player industry, no doubt about that. You know its name and probably using it since you have been watching your favorite multimedia stuff on your computer. The features that VLC offers, perhaps, cannot be found on any other media player. But do you think you it enough? Well, VLC player inherits many features that you might not be aware of…till yet. Let us be a help, then! Walk through this how-to article where we’ve brought you a step-to-step guide on how to add extensions to VLC media player.
It’s hard to name a feature that the player doesn’t own. It supports all media file types and allows you to watch online videos. Still, there exist some domains where VLC lacks. That’s where VLC plugins and extensions come handy. These ad-ons are actually created for compensating for the features that VLC doesn’t support. Let’s see how you can install them in the program.
Add Extensions to VLC Media Player
- First off, download a VLC extension on your computer by clicking here
- You’ll see a list of all available extensions and plugins for your VLC media player. Choose the one you want. If you can’t locate your desired plugin in the list, search for it using the search bar on the page
- Once selected, click on the extension’s name to start the downloading process. Usually, these extensions are available as a .lua file or zip file containing .lua files. But that’s not mandatory. If your downloading starts without further process on your part, simply wait till it finishes
- However, some users may be taken to a webpage displaying a code on the screen once they hit the Download button. In that case, you will have to go through a long (what we call it…) “Notepad process”. Do this: copy the complete content on the page, paste it to Notepad, and save this file with .lua extension. Note: A file’s extension can be changed by selecting a specific extension from the “Save as type” drop-down menu while saving the file
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- Now head to C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\vlc\Lua\Extensions\
- If there’s no Lua folder, simply create a Lua and then Extensions folders
- Now, copy and paste the .lua file (created in Notepad) here in the Extensions If you could be able to download the file without going into the long “Notepad process”, and got a straight zip file instead; all you need to do is extract its content to the Extensions folder mentioned above
That’s it! it may look tricky but is pretty simple to add extensions to VLC, when you start the actual process. Now run your VLC media player to use the installed extension in VLC. In the extension doesn’t show up, simply head to Tools > Plugins and Extensions. Then select Reload Extensions and you’re done.
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