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I am trying get milliseconds shown in VLC.

I read that I should download this extension

(there was a download link on that page, not sure if it's quite right, like I don't know if I downloaded some lite version that I shouldn't have but I downloaded this)

http://addons.videolan.o rg/CONTENT/content-files/149619-time-lite.lua

and put it in "VideoLAN\VLC\lua\extensions" creating the extensions subdirectory if it doesn't exist. I did that.

closed VLC, started it again.

It is listed under the View menu. I notice it doesn't get checked. even when I click it - I don't know if it should. The same is true for the VLSub extension below, it doesn't get checked when clicking it. Maybe that is normal and extensions are already enabled.

But my problem is, it doesn't show miliseconds, which is what i'm after.


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I can only suggest you email them direct? I'm sorry I can't help, or tell you anything but the obvious :( – Dave Feb 10 '14 at 9:38
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According to mederi, the author of the Time extension, the var.add_callback( ) and var.del_callback( ) Lua functions are no longer available in VLC 2.1.

Unless VLC is patched to add the removed functions the script will not work as written.

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With VLC 2.2 on OS X, I have found two options for determining milliseconds.

A. ADDON: Install "Jump to time Previous Frame" via the VLC > Addons Manager. Restart VLC. The Jump to time (Previous frame) Get time >> button updates to show HH:MM:SS,mmm.

B. CALCULATE/ESTIMATE: One can estimate milliseconds based the MM:SS that is displayed as follows:

  1. Stop slightly more than one second prior to the point of interest.

  2. Use the Next frame e hot key to count frames after when the seconds display changes values to the point of interest.

  3. Use the Frame rate from the Media Information Window > Codec Details tab to convert to an approximate milliseconds value.

    frame_count / frame_rate = 0.mmm seconds

The margin of error will be: 0.5/frame_rate = 0.mmm seconds

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