3 Useful Tips on Playing YouTube Videos with VLC Media Player

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You can do a lot with VLC Media Player and one of those things is also that you can play any YouTube video of your choice using the VLC Media Player. Why would you want to do that when you can do the same thing on YouTube? Well for the reasons such as better control over rendering of the video and audio, better seek controls etc. Anyway, let us quickly see the steps one has to follow to be able to do this.

Part 1. Play YouTube Videos Directly in VLC Media Player (Windows and Mac)

    Step 1Open the YouTube video that you would like to see in any of the browsers you have and copy the link to the video from the address bar on your browser.

    play youtube video vlc

    Step 2Now, open the VLC Media Player on your computer and press Ctrl + N, this should open a popup window called Open Media for you. In the section that says Please enter a network URL: enter the link to the video that you had copied earlier and hit Enter or select Play from the bottom.

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    Now, VLC should play the video in few seconds after you have performed the Step 2. Enjoy!

Part 2. Watch Entire YouTube Playlists in VLC Media Player (Windows and Mac)

    Step 1Go to the YouTube playlist on a browser window and copy the link to that playlist.

    play youtube video vlc

    Step 2Now, run VLC Media Player on your computer and go to View > Playlist or press Ctrl + L. This should open the section Playlist for you which should be empty at this point.

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    Step 3As we have previously done, now press Ctrl + N to open the section Open Media on VLC and here paste the previously copied YouTube playlist link. And, press the button Play or Enter. As soon as you do this, VLC Playlist should be updated with all the videos in the YouTube playlist and VLC should start playing them sequentially shortly.

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Part 3. How to Download a YouTube Video Using VLC (Windows and Mac)

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    Step 1Open YouTube on a web browser.

    play youtube video vlc

    Step 2Find the video that you would like to download and copy the path of that video from your browser’s address bar.

    play youtube video vlc

    Step 3Now, start VLC Media Player on your computer and press the CTRL + N keys. It should open up a new window for you called Open Media. Paste the video path that you had copied earlier in the section that says 'Please enter a network URL:' and select Play.

    play youtube video vlc

    Step 4Right after you have clicked on the Play button, VLC player should automatically start streaming & playing the video clip that you have selected.

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    Step 5Now, go to Tools > Codec Information which should open the Current Media Information window. You will see a link in front of the section ‘Location:’ which is the actual download link of the video file.

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    Step 6Go to this link and do right click anywhere and then choose 'Select All' from the options.

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    Step 7Do a right click on the link again & select 'Copy' from the options.

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    Step 8Go to your web browser now and paste the copied link in the address bar. Once done, press Enter. The video should now be playing on your browser.

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    Step 9This is the last step; in order to save the video now, simply right click anywhere on your browser window with the video open and being played in the background, then select the option 'Save Video As' and press 'Enter'.

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    There you go; you have successfully downloaded the video of your choice using the VLC Media Player. Now, you can repeat the same process for the different videos that you would like to download.

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