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Watch Youtube videos in VLC media player to skip ads, control playback speed, and multitask [Tip]

[1]So you are a Youtube junkie yet you find it annoying to watch Youtube in your browser for multiple reasons, such as the inability to multitask while watching videos. Want to know a better way to watch Youtube videos? Through VLC media player.

WHAT IS VLC MEDIA PLAYER?

VLC Media Player is a third-party video player program for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X that not only can play almost any type of video format but also provides additional functionality not available in Windows Media Player. Don’t worry so much about what VLC is as much as why you should use it to watch Youtube.

WHY SHOULD I USE VLC TO WATCH YOUTUBE?

There are multiple reasons to watch Youtube via VLC:

HOW TO USE VLC TO WATCH YOUTUBE

Playing a Youtube video in VLC is very easy. To play a Youtube video in VLC, do the following:

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Done! Once you do the above, the Youtube video should start playing for you and you can make use of any and all of VLC features, such as the ones I mentioned above. Do take note, however, using VLC does not get rid of buffering delays so you may still need to wait for your video to buffer.

CAN I PLAY YOUTUBE PLAYLISTS WITH VLC TOO?

Yes, you can. Once you save the LUA file into your “playlist” folder as I mentioned above, you can insert Youtube playlist URLs (i.e. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=XXXXXXXX) into VLC the same way you insert normal Youtube video URLs (i.e. “Media” -> “Open Network Stream”) and the playlists will play.

CONCLUSION

Admittedly, it is a bit cumbersome to manually run Youtube videos in VLC whenever you want to watch them, as opposed to the ease of jumping over to Youtube.com and playing videos in your browser. However, the advantages of using VLC are vast and worth it in some cases.

[via CNET [5], Digital Inspiration [6]]