VLC Super Duper Remote

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This article is about the Android application, for the Windows Phone application, please see VLC Super Duper Remote (WP).

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VLC Super Duper Remote
VLC remote icon.png
Genresmedia player remote control, VLC
Operating systemAndroid
PermissionsRecord audio
Prevent sleeping
Network access
Change Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi state
Network state
Phone status
Storage
Protected storage
EULAEULA
Privacy policyPrivacy policy
Available inEnglish
German
Finnish
Available atGoogle Play
AndroidPIT
Amazon Appstore for Android
StatePublished
PriceFree or fee-based

VLC Super Duper Remote is an app for Android to remote control your VideoLAN Client player. Or even turn it inot a media center with the help of HomeMedia!

Features:

  • Basic controls like play, pause etc.
  • Video controls like change aspect ratio, subtitles
  • Seek bar
  • Volume bar
  • Playing title
  • Filemanager
  • Widgets
  • Full list of features

Contents

Installation

System requirements on Android device:

  • At least Android 2.3 (since VLC Super Duper Remote version 4.0)
  • WiFi

System requirements on computer:

Web Interface

Enable web interface of VLC 2.1

Activate the web interface of VideoLAN Client (as described in the documentation of VLC):

  1. Open VLC
  2. Click on Tools » Preferences
  3. Select Show settings » All in the bottom left corner
  4. Click on Interface » Main interfaces in the menu on the left
  5. Check the Web checkbox (as seen in the screenshot on the right)
  6. Make sure the main interface (interface module) is still Default, otherwise you won't have a GUI for VLC any more
  7. Click on Lua interpreter in the menu on the left
  8. Enter http in the textbox labeled Lua interface
  9. Enter a password in the textbox labeled Password of group Lua HTTP
  10. Click Save
  11. Restart VLC to make sure that the changed configuration is loaded

For the web interface installation of VLC versions below 2.1, please see → Main article: Deprecated web interface installation

Test web interface

Optional tests (VLC must be running):

  1. Test the connection locally: Enter http://localhost:8080 (be sure to replace 8080 with VLC's port) in a browser on your computer
    • It is working: VLC's web interface is up and running
    • It is not working: Check whether VLC's web interface is correctly enabled
  2. Test the access control: Enter http://localhost:8080 (be sure to replace 8080 with VLC's port) in a browser on your computer
    • It is working: VLC's web interface can be accessed and shows the remote control interface
    • It is not working: VLC's web interface prints Password for Web interface has not been set. Check whether a password is set up for Lua HTTP interface
  3. Test the connection remotely: Enter http://[IP-ADDRESS]:8080 (replace 8080 with VLC's port and [IP-ADDRESS] with the IP-address of the PC where the service is running) in a browser on a different device
    • It is working: VLC's web interface can be accessed remotely
    • It is not working: VLC or its port is blocked by a security program or router/modem

VLC Super Duper Remote

Download and install the VLC Super Duper Remote app. There are two versions available: a free lite version and an ad-free pro version. The free version is available on Google Play, AndroidPIT and Amazon Appstore for Android.

Permissions

Main article: Permissions of VLC Super Duper Remote

Connection

VideoLAN Client media player and the app communicate over the local network. Communications over 3G or 4G should also be possible.

Local network (WiFi)

Make sure no firewall is blocking VideoLAN Client nor the port and no other program is already listening on that port.

If any port changes were made, you have to tell the app. Inside settings choose Media Player settings and you're able to change the port.

For selecting a server are two ways available:

  • Manually: Enter the IP address or pc name of your computer inside the field IP-Address
  • Automatically: Click on Server Management. This triggers a search for running VLCs (with enabled web interface) in the network. If your computer could not be found, try again.

After selecting your pc you are ready to interact with VLC from your app.

3G or 4G

Connection over 3G or 4G should also work, but didn't have been tested.

Notice: You have to do port forwarding of the VideoLAN Client port (by default: 8080 (TCP)). Furthermore you need to set your external IP address inside the app, since the automatic scan won't work.

Important: Please see Adjust web interface for versions below 2.1 (Rincewind), for the changes to the .hosts file necessary for a successful connection.

VLC Super Duper Remote PRO

The pro version of VLC Super Duper Remote include the same features as the lite version. The only difference is that it is ad-free.

VLC Super Duper Remote PRO is available for download on Google Play, AndroidPIT and Amazon Appstore for Android.

Main article: Feature comparison

Usage

Notice: The blue finger tells you that you can swipe that area away to access more features. Just move your finger over this area from left-to-right or the other way round.

Remote control interface

VLC Super Duper Remote with DVD control

The remote control interface is the first interface you see, when you enter VLC Super Duper Remote. The most used control operations are displayed right away: the play/pause, previous and next buttons and the seek bar to position the playback of VLC. The main area shows the DVD control and the time information of the currently playing file. You can also swap the DVD control with the image to show the album art provided by VLC. Discogs API is used to receive the album art of the currently playing title online, if not provided by VLC.

On the remote control interface designed for mobile phones, you can access the playlist by swiping away the main remote control interface.

To access more control operations, just slide out the list from the top of the screen (indicated by an arrow slider). By default, the list displays four buttons at most. You can change this appearance in the layout settings. Swipe inside this area to access more buttons.

The following table shows a list of controls which are available for VLC Super Duper Remote:

Label Explanation
Play/Pause Play or pause the playback.
Next Open the next file.
Previous Open the previous file.
Position A seek bar is located above the main playback control buttons (play/pause, next and previous) and may be used to select the position of the current playback.
Volume The volume button is located in the action bar. Press it to show the volume bar inside the action bar. Volume can also be changed using the hardware volume buttons of your Android device. To mute the volume, just click the speaker icon while the volume bar is showing.
Refresh The refresh button is located in the action bar for tablet screens. Refresh the currently displayed playlist.
Search The search button is located in the action bar for tablet screens. Search inside the currently displayed playlist.
Filemanager The filemanager button is located in the action bar. Open the filemanager to browse your files.
Jump Back Jump backwards in the current playback.
Jump Jump forwards in the current playback.
Fullscreen Toggle between showing VLC in fullscreen or normal size.
Ratio Switch through the available aspect ratios of VLC.
Stop Stop the current playback.
Shuffle Randomly select a song from the playlist and play it.
Audio Switch through the available audio tracks of the currently playing file.
Subtitle Switch through the available subtitles of the currently playing file.
Image Display the album art provided by VLC instead of the DVD control.
DVD Display the DVD control for VLC instead of the album art provided by VLC.


Main article: Explanation of buttons

Playlist interface

VLC Super Duper Remote with playlist

On tablet screens, the playlist interface is displayed on the remote control interface as well. On mobile screens, you can access the playlist interface by swiping away the remote control interface.

The playlist is received via the web interface of VLC. You can fill up the playlist using the filemanager or using the external app HomeMedia.

By pressing long on an element inside the playlist, you open up a context menu to perform additional actions:

Label Explanation
Open Open the selected file in VLC.
Remove Remove the selected file from the playlist.
Empty Clear the playlist.

You may save playlists on your Android device by pressing the Save button, displayed at the top of the playlist. Enter a name for the playlist and click OK.

Notice: If you enter the name of an existing playlist, you'll overwrite it.

You can switch the current playlist, by clicking the Load button, displayed at the top of the playlist. Make sure to save your playlists, so that you may access it in the next session. The playlists are saved across servers, which means that the playlist remains the same during switching servers.

The action bar holds buttons to search or to refresh the current playlist.

Filemanager

VLC Super Duper Remote: Filemanager

Use the filemanager to browse your computer's files on your Android device, like using Windows Explorer. To browse a folder or open a file in VLC, just click on it.

Tip: Turn on Back button browsing, in the settings, to move up a folder by pressing the back button of Android.

To switch to the filemanager's favorites, select Favorites from the drop down-menu in the action bar. To enable multiple selection of files and folders, hit the edit button (pen symbol) and select your desired files or folders. Choose Done to quit the multiple selection interface without doing anything or select your desired action.

Use the Style button in the action bar to switch between list style or symbolic view. To easily access the root of the filemanager, choose the Root button from the action bar (down-arrow).

When you click on a file, VLC Super Duper Remote will play the file and add it to the current playlist.

By pressing long on a file or folder, you open up a context menu to perform additional actions:

Label Explanation Folder File
Open Same performance as by clicking on the file/folder itself. yes yes
New playlist Create a new internal playlist with this folder's files. yes no
Add to playlist Add the file/folder's files to the current internal playlist. yes yes
Toggle Favorites Mark a folder as favorite. The folder will be listed inside the filemanager's list of favorites. yes no

HomeMedia

You can access your HomeMedia music collection via the external app HomeMedia.


Main article: HomeMedia

Settings

Use the settings to adapt VLC Super Duper Remote to your needs and likes.

Click on First Steps to display the first steps to get help setting up the app.

At the bottom of the list of settings, you may find Help & Contact, which will open a list of help and information elements, such as the link to this user guide or the startup information displaying the changelog and version of the app.

Media Player Settings

VLC Super Duper Remote: Media player settings

Use the media player settings to change the settings for the current server (= computer running VLC) connection. Make sure to set up everything correctly, otherwise the app can't communicate with VLC's web interface.

Click on Server Management to open a list of stored and available servers.

It's easier to add a server within server management than to change every field inside this media player settings. Just make sure that the port is correctly set up, otherwise the automatic scan (inside server management) won't work!

The field (IP) address requires the IP address or computer name of the computer running VLC. The field port is the port for the VLC web interface.

You may enter a user name and password, inside the media player settings or inside the advanced settings of the currently selected server. Make sure to enter the same user name and password as you have set-up in the web interface of VLC.

VLC Super Duper Remote also comes with a WOL - Wake On LAN - feature, since your computer might not be awake all the time. All you need to do is to make sure the MAC address displayed in the MAC address field is the correct MAC address of your computer. Otherwise VLC Super Duper Remote tries to wake up the wrong device. During an automatic scan, VLC Super Duper Remote acquires the MAC address, but you may also enter the MAC address manually. This should of course be done, before you try to wake up the pc (unless you know the MAC-address).

WOL, as its name indicates, tries to wake your computer over the network, which means you must enable this feature in BIOS to get it work. There are a lots of tutorials on how to enable WOL.


Main article: Instructions for getting the MAC address on Windows


If you check the WOL automatically checkbox, VLC Super Duper Remote will try to wake up the server every time you open up the main remote control interface of VLC Super Duper Remote. But you may also try to wake up your computer by clicking the Wake Up! button while it is sleeping.

Advanced Settings

VLC Super Duper Remote: Advanced settings

Inside the advanced settings you can set the update frequency, which means, how often the playback status of VLC is being updated. For example, by default, VLC Super Duper Remote requests the status (which file is playing, time/volume etc.) of VLC every five seconds.

You can change this delay inside the update status setting:

  • Realtime: Update every second
  • Every 5 seconds
  • Every 10 seconds
  • Every 30 seconds
  • Every minute
  • Only if needed (e.g. when the next file is playing or the playback is being paused)

Notice: The more often the status is updated, the more your battery will decrease.

With the display setting drop-down you may define what VLC Super Duper Remote should do, when the Android device enters an idle state (due to inactivity): perform the default behavior, just dim the screen, brighten the screen or leave the device and screen on.

The back button browsing will change the behavior of the filemanager: While pressing the back key of your Android device, VLC Super Duper Remote will browse the parent instead of going back to the remote control interface.

To start VLC remotely, the external app HomeMedia is required to be installed and set-up correctly on your Android device.

If you check the start player automatically checkbox, VLC Super Duper Remote will try to start VLC every time you open up the main remote control interface of VLC Super Duper Remote. But you may also try to start VLC on your computer by clicking the Start Player button while it is not yet open.

Alternative Input Method

VLC Super Duper Remote: Alternative input method

VLC Super Duper Remote provides, in addition to the default control buttons, alternative input methods.

The Phone Call Control comes into effect when your Android phone is behaving like a normal phone: By default, VLC Super Duper Remote pauses the playback when your phone is ringing and resumes the playback once your phone call ended. These settings can be changed, by selecting the state of the phone call (Ringing - Phone call accepted - Phone call ended) and choosing an action from the drop-down menu (change volume or change playback state).

Use the Touch Control to activate a gesture control feature of VLC Super Duper Remote. These touch gestures work only on the main area (which is holding the album art) of the remote control interface. Otherwise you won't be able to scroll through the playlist!

Depending on your finger movement, you trigger different actions (assuming they are turned on in the settings):

  • Move your finger up or down on the main area to increase or decrease the volume.
  • Tap the main area to play or pause the playback of VLC.
  • Swipe inside the main area to open the next or previous file in the playlist.

Notice: The next/previous gesture is only working on tablets! Mobile screens need this gesture to access the playlist.

The Shake Control is triggered, as the name intends, when you shake your Android device. You may choose between playing a random file or the next file in the playlist or to just toggle between playing and pausing.

A cool feature is the Voice Control, which is also adaptive. Leave single command enabled to improve your battery life. If single command is enabled, you'll have to press the voice command button (inside the action bar) before saying a voice command. Is single command disabled, you just have to press voice command button only one time to activate the voice control. The recording and parsing of the audio for voice commands will be done in the background, but only as long as VLC Super Duper Remote is open.

Inside the command management, you may test the commands or set-up new commands: For example, you want to say Google to pause the playback. Use the test button to test voice commands. The tab commands lists all voice commands which are available and your alternative commands are added as well (e.g. the Google command will be listed below pause). You can even add alternative commands as numbers! Numbers are required to jump to a specific position in the playback (position [number] [number] [number] by default), jump a specific value forward/backwards in the playback (jump [number] [number] [number] by default) or to change the volume (volume [number] by default).

Since the voice commands are deleted on an update of VLC Super Duper Remote, you can export the list of commands to an external XML file. Later, you may import the previously stored XML file to VLC Super Duper Remote.

Just activate it in the settings and try it out!

Wave Control requires the external app Wave Control for parsing the input commands. This app uses the photosensor/light sensor of your Android device to detect movements without touching the phone. Basically, there are two different commands:

  • Waving your hand one time over the sensor to play the next file
  • Waving your hand two times (back and forth) over the sensor to play the previous file

You can find further information about this app by reading its description in Google play.

Layout Settings

Use the layout settings to change the layout of VLC Super Duper Remote.

Enable the fullscreen checkbox to force the application into fullscreen mode and thus, hide the notification bar of Android.

The swipe notification is the blue finger, which appears above swipable areas. You can turn this notification off.

You may also force the orientation of VLC Super Duper Remote to display the app always in portrait, landscape or to auto-rotate when you tilt your Android device.

By default, the expandable button list shows only four buttons at most. However, you can change this appearance by changing the value of the max buttons setting.

You may disable the album art completely. The image scale type defines how the album art is displayed:

  • Center: Center without scaling the image
  • Center Crop (default): Center by scaling the image
  • Center Inside: Center by scaling the image to fit completely inside the area
  • Fit Center: Scale the image centered to fit in the area
  • Fit End: Scale the image to fit in the area without centering
  • Fit XY: Fill the image to fit in the area without aspect ratio

Change the appearance of the playlist in VLC Super Duper Remote by displaying or hiding the time of a file.

Server Management

VLC Super Duper Remote: Server Management

Use the server management to easily switch between stored and available servers and to add new ones. A server is a computer which is running VLC.

When you enter server management, VLC Super Duper Remote searches the local network for running VLCs by trying to access the web interface of VLC on the computer. Hit the refresh button to re-start the search for VLC in the local network. If you are using VLC Super Duper Remote via 3g/4g, you won't find any servers by an automatic scan - you'll have to add your server manually.

Notice: The Port (which you can find inside media player settings) is also the port used to find running VLCs by an automatic scan (done by VLC Super Duper Remote). You need to make sure that VLC Super Duper Remote has set up the same port as VLC's web interface to find your computer during the automatic scan.

To add a server, click on the Add server button and the add server-dialog will pop up. Enter the IP address of your computer inside the address field and change the port, if applicable (click on Advanced Settings to show the field for the port). Click OK to save the server. You may also enter a user name and password, inside the server's advanced settings. Make sure to enter the same user name and password as you have set-up in the web interface of VLC.

Important: Since VLC 2.1 (Rincewind) a password is required. The user name is always empty and the password must match the one set up in VLC!

Tip: To store an automatically added server press long on the server, choose Edit from the context menu and then click the OK button.

When you click on a server, VLC Super Duper Remote will switch the server to your selected one.

By pressing long on a server, you open up a context menu to perform additional actions:

Label Explanation
Select Same performance as by clicking on the server itself.
Edit Open the edit server-dialog to change the server's details (e.g. port or address). The edit server-dialog is similar to the add server-dialog, mentioned above.
Wake up! Wake up the selected computer. Make sure that VLC Super Duper Remote stored the MAC-address of the computer to get waking up to work.
Wake all! Wake up all displayed servers. Make sure that VLC Super Duper Remote stored the MAC-address of the computers to get waking up to work.
Delete Remove the selected server from the list of servers.
Delete all Remove all servers from the list of servers.

Notice: In the tablet design of VLC Super Duper Remote, you may test the connection to your server: Just click the test button on the right. If the line is green and goes all the way from the smart phone icon to the server icon, a connection was successful. Otherwise the line will be red and stop half way between the smart phone icon and the server icon.

Widgets

VLC Super Duper Remote provides four widgets, which differ in size and display. Each widget displays either the current album art or the title being played and a play-pause button to change the playback state.

Widgets of VLC Super Duper Remote


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