How to: Streaming YouTube Videos with VLC Media Player

September 6, 2010, By Fouad Bajwa

VLC Media Player is a widely used Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) media player that can play almost every audio and video format available on the Internet. VLC Media Player comes bundled with tons of various multimedia codecs and thus is not limited in playing different media files.

This is one of the reasons why VLC Media Player beats Windows Media Player as WMP can be pain in the back when it comes to playing open multimedia formats like .ogg etc.

Stream YouTube videos with VLC media player

One of the biggest advantages that made VLC Media Player a great hit amongst Internet users is its capability to play YouTube videos or any other streaming video by simply adding the video stream URL.

This feature may appear as a novelty but I have tried it extensively with various versions and it rocks — although, it’s true, you may ask me why I would want to utilize something that Youtube already provides? The reason why I apparently searched for an alternative solution to browser based video streaming was the Flash Plug-in crash syndrome.

YouTube videos have always troubled my web browsers including Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome slowing them down and sometimes crashing them.

The VLC Media Player’s capability to stream YouTube videos comes in handy if you face trouble viewing videos in your web browser like me and VLC also adds more detailed YouTube video display options. Let’s give this a try!

All you have to do is go to the VLC Media Player Menu Options: Media > Open Network Stream and paste the link of the video stream that is usually available from video streaming websites like Youtube. After that, just click the VLC Play button — it will enable you to play YouTube videos right away.

The streaming video feature in VLC Media Player, despite being interesting, still needs a bit of improvements by adding an integrated web browser in order to avoid the need of opening a separate program to browse to and search a YouTube video and then paste the link into the VLC Media player.

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