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Updating VLC in Linux Mint and fixing Youtube playback error

VLC is one of the best Media players available. It is installed as the default media player in Linux Mint.
There are so many great features which make it a great player for any file type you choose.

Features

  • Cross Platform (Mobile & Desktop)
  • Plays files, discs, webcams and streams
  • No spyware, ads or tracking
  • Fast hardware decoding
  • Plays all formats of audio/video out of the box
  • Improved support for UltraHD video codecs like VP9 and H265, including encoding
  • Auto detect and rotate vertical videos
  • Subtitles, skins and a lot more.

One of the good features is the ability to play YouTube streams directly and save these as playlists. This improves performance and takes up less resources. I did a test and noticed that playing in VLC compared to a browser used 10-15% less CPU Resources.

When trying to play a file I was getting the MRL Playback error.
To fix this I had to upgrade to the latest version from 2.2.2 Weathermax to 2.2.6 Umbrella. This new version has improved support for Youtube and other media sites.

Install commands for VLC in Linux


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

VLC About box

The playback is now working not only YouTube but other websites are supported too such as SoundCloud and Vimeo.

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