I love VLC Player.
It doesn’t sully my playback experience with silly plugins. On the contrary, it plays almost any video format I can throw at it and is chock-full with options.
I rhapsodized about VLC Player in a previous post but there still one little thing that wants to curtail my gushing…
Most video players automatically save and restore the position of the last played meda file. In other words, the player will remember the playback position; usually saving it on exit.
But VLC Player fails here.
The current version of VLC Player is version 2.1.5, but it still doesn’t allow you save the playback position.
So what’s the workaround? Is there a workaround?
Yes, there is a workaround but my answer is qualified. (meaning it has a proviso attached)
If you’re running VLC Player version 2.0 or 2.1, you can install a VLC Plugin called srpos that adds a new “Save/restore position of the last played files” option in Preferences under Interface.
There’s also a different extension called Remember position which accomplishes the same feat; however, it’s beleaguered by the same problem as it peer: you need to be on an antiquated VLC version.
The obvious problem with this, of course, is that you’re fettered to version 2.0 and 2.1. Now there may be a few folks out there who revere those versions; however, it’s always best to run the latest because of the preponderance of bug fixes and other enhancements.
A better way
You can circumvent the problem with a little workaround that involves Playback bookmarks.
Just as a browser bookmark saves the location of a web site, a playback bookmark saves the time location of your video or audio file.
I currently don’t know of a way to automate this but you can use keyboard shortcuts so the problem isn’t so egregious.
Just open a video or audio file in VLC Player and while it’s playing press Ctrl + b to open the Custom Bookmark manager.
Click Create then Close and the current position is saved.
You can retrieve the playlist position by pressing Alt + l + b (that’s an “L”) and using the arrow keys to find load your save point.
The Bottom Line
Remembering the file position in VLC Player has actually been an enhancement request that dates back three years. But I think the widespread desire for a “Save playback position” feature is an augury that it will eventually make it’s way to the final product build.
We just need to wait!
If you can’t wait, either downgrade and use the srpos extension or embrace custom bookmarks.
If both options are unacceptable, you can ditch VLC Player and use SMPlayer which offers native support for remembering playback positions.
Like VLC Player, SMPlayer supports numerous file formats; however, in my opinion, the user interface isn’t commensurate with VLC Player but then again – that’s just a peccadillo.
Here you can see it playing a video I captured while visiting Wengen, Switzerland with my wife. We rented a villa and this was our backyard.
Incidentally, the above image captures the unadulterated, bucolic splendor of Wengen. Pastoral cabins really line verdant hills and alpine white mountains stretch into the clouds. It’s a beautiful place.
If you ever get the chance, visit Wengen! The memories… I want to go back so bad.
Anyway, enough of that, what do you guys think about remembering playback in VLC Player? Have you found any workarounds of your own? Share the gold in the comments!