Sunday, January 30, 2011

Play Youtube Videos in VLC in Ubuntu Lucid

You can play Youtube (and probably some others like Google Video, Hulu) videos directly in VLC media player. You need to get the latest VLC player for that.

Go to Applications > Accessories > Terminal and follow the steps below for installing the latest version.

In order to make sure that nothing breaks, remove the installed version of VLC first.

sudo apt-get remove vlc
sudo apt-get autoremove

Add the VLC PPA and install the new version.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome-media-player-development/development
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install vlc mozilla-plugin-vlc

You'll find VLC under Applications > Sounds & Videos > VLC. Now go to your Browser and open up and search for your favorite video. Open your desired video in your browser and then, copy the URL from the address bar of your browser.

Browser Address Bar

Now fire up VLC and go to Media > Open Network Stream or just press Ctrl + N and paste your URL in the window that shows up. Click play and you are done.

Open Network Stream, VLC


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