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The VLC media player from French-based developer VideoLAN is a leading free and open-source software product for playing audio and video files, CDs, DVDs and streaming media. It provides support for all major and most minor multimedia formats, and versions are available for Windows, Macintosh, iOS, Android, a dozen major versions of Linux and several less-common operating systems. Unfortunately, it's not designed to provide cross-fading -- slowly decreasing the volume of one source, DJ-fashion, while increasing the volume of a second. However, it is possible to simulate cross-fading manually.


Launch two copies of the VLC media player. Size and place the two VLC windows on your screen so you have access to them simultaneously.


Click the 'Media' menu on the title bar of your first VLC window, then navigate through the menu options to select the song or video you wish to play. Options might vary slightly between operating systems or desktop environments. Repeat for the second window.


Cue the song you intend to play second by pressing 'Play' and then pausing it as soon as you hear any sound. Some audio files have several seconds of silence at the beginning, so this simple precaution avoids that difficulty. Reduce the volume of this window to a low setting, approximately 10 to 15 percent, using the volume slider.


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Set the volume of your other window to 50 percent or less, then press 'Play.' Adjust the volume to a suitable playing level and let the song play through.


Press 'Play' again in the second window when your first song is within a few seconds of ending. Reduce the volume in your first window slowly for a few seconds, then raise it slowly in the second window until it reaches a playing volume comparable to the first song.


  • To continue the process, load a third song while the second is playing. You won't have the opportunity at this point to cue it and eliminate any dead air, but you can minimize this by starting the song a few seconds earlier or previewing your audio files beforehand or editing out any silences.
  • If you're playing a song that has a slow fadeout as part of the original recording, you can slowly increase the volume of your second source without manually fading out the first.
  • The correct volume might vary substantially between songs, depending on the source material. Use your ears, rather than the percentage indicator on VLC's volume control.


  • If you're using VLC on a version of Ubuntu with the Unity interface, the global menus at the top of your desktop will apply to whichever Unity window is selected. Be careful not to interrupt playback of your current song by selecting a new one with the wrong window active.

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Fred Decker is a trained chef and certified food-safety trainer. Decker wrote for the Saint John, New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal, and has been published in Canada's Hospitality and Foodservice magazine. He's held positions selling computers, insurance and mutual funds, and was educated at Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.

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