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I need to use VLC Player to open video clip via command line call.

How can I do that?


Trying to put the file name as the manual guide shows takes me nowhere succeeded.

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Have you tried just typing vlc followed by the name of the video clip? – John1024 May 7 '14 at 6:06
I tried but it doesn't work – Nam G VU May 7 '14 at 14:07
the file appears to be bad. try opening another file – Keltari May 7 '14 at 17:03
The file is perfectly fine. I can open it by double clicking on it – Nam G VU May 8 '14 at 1:46
up vote 1 down vote accepted

Just type

vlc /location/of/video/clip.mp4

in the terminal


vlc "D:\MyClip.mp4"
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It doesn't work and that's why I asked – Nam G VU May 7 '14 at 14:07
Is there any error message? – masegaloeh May 7 '14 at 14:08
Yes I have. Please see the error – Nam G VU May 7 '14 at 16:46
So this is a specific-file problem. I can do vlc /location/of/video/clip.mp4 in my PC without problem. Maybe you should go to to get better response. – masegaloeh May 8 '14 at 2:36
I have posted on VLC forum but no answer up to now… – Nam G VU Jun 10 '14 at 6:47

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