How to control the official VLC app using gestures

VLC Media Player

If you’re an avid user of the official VLC app available on the App store, then listen up. You can now control the core elements of the VLC app using multitouch gestures. Unsurprisingly, you will need a jailbroken device to pull that off, but chances are that’s the case if you’re reading iDB.

VLC Gestures is a brand new tweak that just hit Cydia, and it allows you to incorporate gesture based control into your VLC workflow. Take a gander at our video walkthrough highlighting VLC Gestures inside…

The multitouch options included with VLC Gestures are fairly straightforward. A two finger tap will toggle basic play and pause control. A swipe from left to right will skip ahead 30 seconds, and a swipe in the opposite direction will shift back 10 seconds.

A swipe up or down on the right-hand side of the screen will increase or decrease the volume of the movie, while a swipe on the left hand side of the screen adjusts the screen brightness. Keep in mind, that while all of this is going on, a handy HUD overlay shows what your gestures are doing.

In the tweak’s preferences you’ll find three settings: a kill switch, and two settings for adjusting the time intervals associated with the left and right swipes on the screen. The times can be changed between 10, 20, 30 seconds, or a full minute. No resprings are required to enact any of the changes.

This is a tweak that’s only going to be of benefit to users of the VLC app, which is available for free on the App store. This tweak, like the app, is also free of charge, and it’s available on Cydia’s ModMyi repo.

If you don’t already use the VLC app, then the appearance of VLC Gestures on Cydia is as good of an excuse as any to go ahead and check it out. VLC is a solid app, and now it has a solid tweak to go along with it. Share your thoughts about VLC Gestures in the comments below.