Unable to detect VLC player

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Unable to detect VLC player

Post by gutmach » Sun Nov 04, 2018 4:36 pm

Description of problem or question:
I just installed Handbrake today (x64 on a Win10 laptop) from the handbrake.fr site using all defaults. When in the process of converting my first video (a .mkv file that I wanted as .mp4), I clicked the Preview button and it raised the error "unable to detect VLC player. Make sure VLC is installed and directory specified in Handbrake options (Tools Menu -> Options -> Picture Tab)". For the pre-populated path, C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\vlc\vlc.exe (BTW, the error message is dated: the path now is Tools menu --> Preferences --> General tab) there is no such file or folder. I cannot find anything called VideoLAN on my computer. There was a checkbox to "show using default player instead", and then the preview played in my computer's default video app. But is VideoLAN needed for any other reason? Does this require a separate install, and if so, from where?

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Click Preview button just before converting full video

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Re: Unable to detect VLC player

Post by s55 » Sun Nov 04, 2018 4:47 pm

VLC is a very popular media play https://www.videolan.org/ which an awful lot of folks use. If you don't use that, that's fine, use the system-option as it'll use whatever is default on your system.

I'll correct the erroneous message for the next release. Thanks

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