Skin support for VLC is now mature and there are some wonderful skins. You may like to use them rather than the default interface.
Using a skin
First, go to the Skin page, choose a skin and download it.
Important: You shall download the "complete" 'Skin Pack', because the download package of some 'specific' skins, as ASkin and WMP11, don't include it's '.vlt' file, that is needed to use it. These '.vlt' files are only at the "complete" 'Skin Pack', that, by other hand, don't include other files needed to use some specific skins, as the same ASkin and WMP11 skins. So, besides the "complete" 'Skin Pack', you shall download the specific skins you want and see if they include not '.vlt' files, mainly '.png' files, that are not included at the "complete" 'Skin Pack', that has only '.vlt' files.
In addition to the skins listed at the Skin Page, VLC supports all the Winamp2 and XMMS skins (.wsz files).
Run this skin
Now run vlc -I skins2 (or launch VLC skins if you've got a shortcut to it). VLC opens with its default skin. Hit Ctrl-S and choose the .vlt file. VLC has now a new default skin!
If you want to run the skin initially on startup of VLC after setting your default skin, there are 2 possibilities:
1) right click on your shortcut, click Properties, go to the Shortcut tab and replace the target with this: "C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe" -I skins2
2) start VLC, open menu "preferences" and choose "interfaces" then "main interfaces". Change the setting "Interface module" to Skinnable Interface. Thats it!
- This will increase memory usage, but will also simply getting to your favorite skin.
If you want to have it automatically detected, place it in the skins subfolder of your VLC installation:
- Windows users: Put it in C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\skins\
- Linux users: Put it in ~/.vlc/skins2/
Create a skin
Create a new skin documentation.