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What is VLC and How to Download by VLC for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android


How to Download Videos with VLC Media Player




VLC Media Player is a popular and versatile software that can play almost any type of video or audio file. But did you know that you can also use it to download videos from online sources? In this article, we will show you two methods on how to download videos with VLC Media Player on your Windows or Mac computer. We will also explain some of the advantages of using VLC as your media player of choice.


Method 1: Download Videos by Location Information




This method involves using the codec information of the video to get its location URL, which you can then paste in your browser and save the video file. Here are the steps to follow:




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  • Install VLC Media Player on your computer if you don't have it already. You can download it for free from .



  • Go to the website where the video you want to download is located. For example, YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, etc. Copy the video URL from the address bar of your web browser.



  • Open VLC Media Player and go to File > Open Network (or press Ctrl + N on Windows or Command + N on Mac). Paste the video URL in the box and click Open.



  • The video will start playing in VLC. Pause it and go to Window > Media Information (or press Ctrl + I on Windows or Command + I on Mac ). A window will pop up with the codec information of the video. Copy the location URL from the bottom of the window.



  • Open a new tab in your web browser and paste the location URL in the address bar. The video will start playing in your browser. Right-click on the video and select Save Video As (or press Ctrl + S on Windows or Command + S on Mac). Choose a file name and location for the video and click Save.



  • You have successfully downloaded the video with VLC Media Player. You can now play it offline or transfer it to other devices.



Method 2: Download Videos by Network Stream




This method involves using the network stream feature of VLC to convert and save the video file directly from the online source. Here are the steps to follow:


  • Install VLC Media Player on your computer if you don't have it already. You can download it for free from .



  • Go to the website where the video you want to download is located. For example, YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, etc. Copy the video URL from the address bar of your web browser.



  • Open VLC Media Player and go to Media > Convert / Save (or press Ctrl + R on Windows or Command + R on Mac). A window will pop up with the open media options. Click on the Network tab and paste the video URL in the box.



  • Click on Convert / Save and another window will pop up with the convert options. Choose a destination file name and format for the video. You can also change the profile settings to adjust the quality, bitrate, resolution, etc. of the video.



  • Click on Start and wait for the download to finish. You can see the progress bar at the bottom of VLC Media Player. Do not close VLC until the download is complete.



  • You have successfully downloaded the video with VLC Media Player. You can now play it offline or transfer it to other devices.



Advantages of Using VLC Media Player




VLC Media Player is not only a great tool for downloading videos, but also for playing and managing them. Here are some of the advantages of using VLC as your media player of choice:


  • It supports a wide range of video formats and codecs, including MP4, MKV, AVI, FLV, WMV, MOV, MPEG, H.264, HEVC, etc. You don't need to install any additional plugins or codecs to play any video file.



  • It is free, open source, and cross-platform. You can use it on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, and other operating systems without paying any fees or encountering any ads or malware.



  • It has many features and customization options that allow you to enhance your viewing experience. You can adjust the brightness, contrast, saturation, hue, etc. of the video; add filters and effects; crop, rotate, zoom, etc. the video; sync subtitles and audio; create playlists; stream videos from online sources; record your screen; capture screenshots; etc.



Conclusion




In this article, we have shown you how to download videos with VLC Media Player using two methods: by location information and by network stream. Both methods are easy and effective, and you can use them to download videos from most websites that allow streaming. VLC Media Player is also a powerful and versatile software that can play and manage any type of video file. We hope you found this article helpful and informative. If you have any questions or feedback, please leave them in the comments section below.


FAQs




Q1: Can I download YouTube videos with VLC?


A1: Yes, you can use either method described in this article to download YouTube videos with VLC. However, some videos may not work due to DRM or other restrictions.


Q2: Can I download videos from other websites with VLC?


A2: Yes, you can use VLC to download videos from most websites that allow streaming. However, some websites may have different protocols or encryption that may prevent VLC from downloading them.


Q3: Can I download audio files with VLC?


A3: Yes, you can use VLC to download audio files from websites that support streaming. You can also use VLC to convert audio files to different formats.


Q4: Can I download subtitles with VLC?


A4: Yes, you can use VLC to download subtitles from websites that provide them. You can also use VLC to sync, adjust, or add subtitles to your videos.


Q5: Can I download multiple videos at once with VLC?


A5: Yes, you can use VLC to download multiple videos at once by using playlists or batch files. You can also use VLC to merge or split videos after downloading them.




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