Install The Latest Release Of VLC On Ubuntu 15.10 & Ubuntu 14.04

Install the latest release of VLC media player on Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 14.04, Linux Mint and Ubuntu derivatives. Download and install VLC skins and themes and use it on Ubuntu. VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.

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Below is the short description and the features of the latest VLC release:

VLC 2.2.0 Highlights

  • VLC 2.2.0 auto-rotates the videos taken from phones, to fight Vertical Video Syndrome!
  • VLC now resumes where you left off in all versions
  • Improves support for new HD codecs, VP9, opus and H.265/HEVC, for decoding and for encoding.
  • Extensions are now downloadable from within the application.
  • VLSub extension can download subtitles from the application.
  • Auto-rotation of phone movies, to fight Vertical Video Syndrome
  • Resume playback where you left off
  • Extensions API and repository to download extensions directly from the application
  • GPU 0-copy support for decoding and displaying using hardware
  • Improved support for UltraHD codecs, notably H.265 and VP9
  • Subtitles download from the web, using OpenSubtitles
  • Audio core upgrade, notably to support short samples
  • Support for MMS split streams for audio selection (European Parliament)
  • Support FTPS (FTP/TLS) protoco
  • New decoder for VP8 and VP9 using libvpx for Linux distributions without avcode
  • Improvements on Teletext, Subrip, and Tx3g subtitles
  • Support for MSN audio, Atrac3+, VP7, Bink, TAK, On2 AVC, DK3, DK4
  • Support for IMC, Vivo g723.1, Smacker, FIC, Auravision, Canopus Lossless
  • Support x264 and FFv1 codecs RGB modes
  • Fixes for DVD, Audio-CD, M2TS LPCM audio, Speex

Install VLC on Ubuntu

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Run the following commands in Terminal to install VLC 2.2.X in Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04 and Ubuntu 12.04:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:videolan/stable-daily
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install vlc

You can also install skins and themes for VLC player. Run the following command in Terminal to install VLC skins and themes:

$ mkdir -p ~/.local/share/vlc/skins2 && cd ~/.local/share/vlc/skins2
$ wget -O vlc-skins.zip http://drive.noobslab.com/data/apps/vlc-skins/vlc-skins.zip
$ unzip vlc-skins.zip && rm vlc-skins.zip

How to use these skins?

Once download, the VLC skins are located in ~/.local/share/vlc/skins2 on Linux Ubuntu Systems. To use one of the skins, open VLC, go to preferences and select the desired skin or themes. If you aren’t able to see any skins or themes, press Ctrl+H to show hidden file. VLC needs to be restarted to change to skins mode.

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You can also download VLC skins and themes from http://www.videolan.org/vlc/skins.php

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