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How to Get the Most Out of VLC for iPad

VLC is your standard go-to software when you end up with some bizarre codec-locked movie file that just won’t play in your standard players. With the news that Apple was relaxing its App Store regulations and letting in all kinds of video players, we prayed to see VLC show up again. It did, and we grabbed it the moment we could. Right here are some tips and methods that’ll help you maximize VLC for iPad function set.


Adding videos to VLC

Adding files is pretty straightforward. Hook your iPad up to iTunes, choose it from the sidebar, click the “Apps” tab, and scroll down to the “File Sharing” section. From there you can choose VLC and add files through drag-and-drop or the “Add…” button. As soon as you do, iTunes will start copying the files over to VLC and you’ll be able to use them immediately after it finishes.

Download files directly from the internet

If you don’t have videos stored locally on your PC/Mac, you can even download them straight to VLC if you have a direct URL to the video. Open the side-menu, and tap on “Downloads.” You should see a URL field, where you can enter the direct URL, and VLC should start downloading it for you.

Streaming Content

VLC can detect a number of UPnP devices, such as media servers, as well as FTP servers that advertise their services using Bonjour. Each device will show up when discovered, allowing you to navigate through and find the video you are looking for.

You can also connect to a local network stream, such as one created by VLC on your Mac or PC or a file located directly on a web or FTP server.


VLC doesn’t natively support AirPlay video streaming, but you can still view your videos in VLC on your Apple TV by using the AirPlay mirroring option in Control Center.


Have a lot of videos stored in your Dropbox? VLC can download them for you and play it from the app. Open the side menu by tapping the VLC icon at the top-right, tap on Dropbox, sign-in, and you should see your In version 2.2 (not released yet), the developers plan to add Dropbox streaming and Google Drive integration.

Interestingly, VLC also includes Dropbox support with full folder access, letting you browse through any folder you may have in Dropbox. VLC can’t play files directly from Dropbox, though — instead it has to download them first. Once you start a download from Dropbox, there doesn’t appear to be any way to stop it, certainly none that I could find after searching high and low throughout the app. If you download the wrong file, be prepared to wait or force quit the app.


VLC also includes support for subtitles. Some video formats natively support subtitles while for others, you need a separate .sub file. If you need to add a separate .sub file, name it similar to the video filename, and add it to VLC for iOS via any of the file transfer means described above. VLC will automatically associate the two and show you subtitles.

Adjust Playback Speed

You can also adjust the playback speed of a video, if a video is too fast or slow for your liking. Just tap on the clock icon in the playing screen and adjust the slider.

VLC is available now on iTunes, absolutely free.

VLC Media Player [iTunes App Store]