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VLC Tutorial #4 - Playing Youtube Videos Directly on VLC

As you know VLC is an amazing free multimedia player with a lot of amazing features and streaming capabilities, on a previous article I showed you how to stream media from one PC to another, today I'm going to tell you about another extraordinary feature which is mostly unknown because little promotion has been made of it and to my humble opinion it makes of VLC Media Player a must have for all youtube fans, and that is what this is all about: playing youtube videos directly on VLC. Can't believe? well, there is more: no conversions, no downloads, no hassle!

Is your browser crashing/freezing when trying to play a youtube video? Maybe you would like to have more control on the VLC-style on your playback of Internet streaming video. Well, if the answer to any of these is yes, then you are a lucky guy! VLC since its 1.1.0 version has the ability to play youtube videos by just entering its URL into the Networking section. If you haven't done so, this is a good moment to download and install VLC Media Player on your PC, because the procedure I'm going to describe needs VLC to be pre-installed on your system to work. Just go to the big "Download" button on top of this page and freely do so.

Notice: At this point I must make a warning, before you go any further you must check to have a decent Internet connection and a supported graphic card. Attempting to play youtube videos on the lack of any of these will result in poor/slow/blurry video playback or not playback at all.

Warnings done, we can go on: so, to open a youtube video in VLC you must have copied the URL from the address bar of your favorite web browser and then go to Media -> Open Network Stream... and click on it.

This will open the Open Media window with the Network tab preselected.

Enter the URL and press play on the bottom. Note that this button can be unfolded but the Play option is the one we need right now. You also need to correctly write the URL on the box, you can check this if your video won't start.

And voilà! Youtube video playback on VLC Media Player. What's more, you didn't spend a dime nor went through complicated registration procedures, couldn't ask for more!

Final Words

Easy peasy, huh? Now you can forget about web browser issues and all those tools for converting YouTube videos, just gain control of you youtube video playback in the VLC Media Player. Youtube videos playback is just the tip of the iceberg of an extraordinary list of features VLC Media Player has to offer and we are going to review them all in upcoming tutorials and articles. Just stay tuned!

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