VLC secrets: Logging and how it helps with bad files

Posted by slacker_mike on Jan 17, 2013 12:56 PM EDT
dedoimedo.com; By Igor Ljubuncic
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There's a popular saying, almost an axiom, but one that is definitely provable within the limits of this universe, that if there's a file that cannot be played in VLC, it is not meant to be played. Audio or video, VLC eats them all, no matter what encoding, what format, no matter if it's a preview file downloaded in eMule or an online stream. But what happens when VLC does not play a file? In that case, you will be left wondering what may have gone wrong, because VLC will merely shows its traffic cone logo on a black background and refuse to play. That's all. No fancy messages, no fanfare, and no Sherlock Holmes clues for you. Let's unravel a secret, shall we? Today, you will learn how to make your file playing skills that much better, in VLC.

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