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With digital entertainment on the rise, a lot of people are slowly beginning to want to find efficient tools to improve their experience. Now, thanks to the VIdeoLan Media Player, also known as the VLC Media Player, users worldwide have access to a multipurpose multimedia tool. However, did you know you can also convert videos via VLC itself?

Download VLC, Just In Case
If it’s your first time using VLC Media Player, you can download it in its website. It’s completely free of charge and it’s regularly updated. It’s this constant care on the part of creators that make VLC such a reliable tool for its fans.

Its built in video modification software allow you to adjust video settings on the fly, previewing various aspects you can change in audio and video to enhance the performance and look of a film, at least to your preference.

The website, should you go to the Download VLC part, will automatically assess your computer to choose the type and version of VLC you need.

  • When the prompt appears in your browser, you have to Save the file first before running it.
  • As with all prompts, click the Yes option to continue so it can unpack all the necessary files you need. Choose the default setup as it is the quickest way to install the software.

Installing the Software
By the time you download, the VLC install wizard will open. You should follow the instructions in the installer and close all applications.

  • Click Next twice to continue, including that with the agreement.
  • On the next option, VLC will make itself the default media player, and it will install a plugin if you have Firefox. You are free to untick these boxes if you want.

Launching the Program
By the time you launch VLC, it will seem like an ordinary media player. The big screen exists for the film, while the basic toolbars are above. The playback options are placed below as well.

  • Your first time using VLC will open a prompt that asks for you to agree to its Privacy and Network Access Policy.
  • This simply means VLC will have access to media files you are playing. This allows it to help you remember clips via playback.

However, you’d be at the risk of the information on your files being revealed to a third party, so this is a double edged sword.
Locate and Play the File
The next step is to find the file you want to convert. You can simply click the Media Menu on top of the toolbars and click “Convert/Save.”

  • This prompts the Open Media into opening a window for you.
  • You should choose Add on the top right section to select the file you want converted.
  • Take note, if the file has subtitles, you have to click on “Use a Subtitle” as well. Follow this up by browsing for the appropriate file.

You also have the option of converting just a specific timeframe in the video. You can do this by clicking “More Options,” and selecting the time you need.
Fix the Formatting
The next step is to make sure all your conversion settings are to your specifications. The Convert window will eventually open for options for you to choose.

  • You should leave the “Convert” option as it is the default.
  • The first option below it, Display the Output, displays the video as it is being converted through VLC. This is a dramatically slowed down version of the thing.
  • Deinterlacing is turned off by default, but if you enable it, be sure that you have a powerful enough graphics card for that.

Choose the Profile
This is where VLC shines, because it allows you to choose the options you want and you need for the conversion. VLC, by default, has a lot of profiles you could choose from.

  • The default one, the “H.264 + MP3 (MP4)” is efficient for files that you want to import and see via iTunes.
  • You also have the opportunity to select more settings from the drop down menu. Some methods such as MP4 and AVI conversion is possible as well.
  • You can even choose numerous video and specific codecs that you need for the conversion.

Convert Away!
Once you’ve selected everything, be sure to browse for the file destination as this is where your saved video will be placed. You should also choose a name for it, so it will be easily identified.

  • The file type will be automatically selected given your previous options.

Handy Conversion Tool
VLC’s built in conversion tool is actually very handle especially to users who rely much on digital devices to watch and stream their favorite films in various video formats.

  • For instance, iTunes for Apple users strictly play videos in MOV and the MP4 format.
  • Some televisions also come with efficient ports for flash drives, hard disk drives, and USBs. Unfortunately, they also only support the AVI file extension for videos.

 

This means before you even convert via VLC or other platform, it’s best to know the kind of output source you’re going to use in order to convert a video or a film to its appropriate file type.

Conclusion
VLC has proved once again to be perhaps the most reliable multimedia tool to help maximize entertainment. Although some fans of the media player may point out that the feature was “hidden” in the app all along, it’s still surprising for a lot of us that VLC even such a useful feature. If you find yourself in a jiffy and in need for quick conversion, VLC might just have the tool for you.

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Kimberley is fascinated by all things digital. She enjoys reading up about the latest news and updates in the digital world, and writes on some of the latest trends. In her spare time she works on spending time with family and friends.