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VLC Plugins Section – MiniLyrics – Display Lyrics on VLC Media Player
VLC is an extremely versatile free media player which offers an extensive codec pack that enables you to play almost any kind of media files. Featuring extraordinary video playback, streaming, transcoding and conversion capabilities, VLC Media Player is also capable of playing audio with playlist control and much more. Many people like to read the lyrics of a song while playing it, and although VLC Media Player does not have this feature built in, thanks to MiniLyrics, a free plugin we can achieve this functinality in a simple and easy way, so, today I'm going to tell you how to install this free plugin in order to display lyrics while playing songs in VLC Media Player.
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Now that you have VLC Media Player installed and running, you have to install the MiniLyrics free plugin to be able to view lyrics while you play a song on VLC, so, first of all download it from here: http://www.crintsoft.com/download/minilyrics.exe (If you cannot access this link just by clicking on it, copy and paste the entire URL into your browser) and run the executable file, once you are in the installation process it'll display a window like this in one of the steps.
As you can see the VLC Media Player check-box is already checked but in the case it is not, then check it and go through the rest of the steps.
Now open VLC and go to Tools > Preferences and select “All” in the “Show settings” options at the bottom of the left panel. It should look like this:
Go to Interface > Control interfaces and in the right panel check the box next to “MiniLyrics – Auto display lyrics for current playing song”.
Click on “Save”, and restart VLC Media Player to see the changes. Just open any song and see what happens. MiniLyrics will automatically search for the lyrics and start displaying it along with the music playback provided the song's data corresponding to artist album and title are correctly set.
But, do not panic, if not, MiniLyrics can help you to find the right one with its built-in lyrics browser. Just click on the magnifying glass below the title bar and in the Search lyrics window you can enter artist and title.
MiniLyrics also comes packed with skins which you can apply by right clicking on the interface and going to Skins.
Through that same right-click menu you can access the magnificent Lyrics editor. So, if you are not fully satisfied with a lyrics you can modify it.
The list of tasks you can perform with the lyrics is almost endless as you can see in the next screen capture, you can rate, save, remove, load another, and so many others.
But what is really interesting about the lyrics visualization is that at the beginning of the song it shows, when available, some data regarding album name, date of release and so on.
All in all, MiniLyrics is a small and easy to install and use lyrics plugin that makes of VLC Media Player a really complete and enjoyable music listening experience for those music lovers who like to have lyrics display and edition control. Remember that you have to go to http://www.crintsoft.com/download/minilyrics.exe to download this free and handy lyrics plugin for VLC.
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