VLC 2.2.0 update improves extension handling

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 27, 2015
Updated • Feb 27, 2015
Music and Video

VLC Media Player is one of the two media players that I install on every Windows PC that I work on (the other is SMPlayer).

It is a great media player that supports most formats out of the box so that you can say goodbye to codec hunting.

A new version of the media player, VLC 2.2.0 has just been released. It is a multi-release so to speak as new versions for nearly every other supported platform have been released as well.

VLC for the desktop brings along with it several improvements and new features. Probably the top feature in this release is support for extension downloading.

You may know that VLC supports extensions which improve the player in one way or the other. Up until now, you had to download these extensions from VLC or another site and place them in the extensions folder of the player to install them.

Not anymore as this functionality is now built-in. You access the plugins and extensions menu via the Tools menu in the main menu bar of the player.

There you find the addons manager which you can use to manage installed add-ons. There is also an option to get the latest list of add-ons and when you run it, extensions available for the player are displayed in the interface.

Addons are sorted into categories such as skins or extensions, and there is also a search that you can use to find specific ones directly.

To install an add-on, simply click on it and then on the install button that is displayed once you do. This downloads and installs the add-on in the player making the whole process that much more comfortable.

The more information button displays another window listing detailed information about the selected add-on.

The number of add-ons is quite low currently with the majority being skins for the player. If you are looking for extensions, there are five available currently:

  1. Lyrics Finder to display lyrics when you play music.
  2. Resume Media to add resume support to VLC
  3. Sampler PG generates samples of playlists
  4. VLC Sub to download subtitles.
  5. VLCSub different version.

Additional highlights of the version include better support for H.264, VP9 and ultra HD codecs, auto-rotate feature for videos recorded on phones, and options to download new beta versions from within the application.

I'm not sure if the last feature applies only if you are running VLC on the beta channel or if you get options to upgrade to beta versions in the standard player.

Anyway, you can download VLC Media Player 2.2.0 from the official VideoLAN website.

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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source – WorthyTricks.co.cc

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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