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VLC - MinimalX by Maverick07x VLC - MinimalX by Maverick07x
MinimalX skin for the VLC Media Player
[ Blue / Pink / Green]

[16.07.2013] - Release (v1.0)

[30.03.2017] - Update to 2.6.0:
- Big update with a lot of small fixes / changes
- added Windows title bar - Minimize / Maximize / Close  (can be found in Skin Settings)
- new background
- resizeable up to 4K

[25.04.2017] - Update to 2.6.2:
- mini fix


1. Extract the .vlt file to ...VideoLAN/VLC/skins ~ overwrite if needed
2. Delete previous versions of the skin
3. Start VLC => Preferences => Check to custom skin
4. Restart VLC (by closing and starting it again)
- if you already use a custom skin restart VLC as well - otherwise the fullscreen mode won't work


- If the video frame doesn't seems right, switch to fullscreen mode and back again


Returning from Minimal Mode:
If you have issues to return from Minimal Mode to the normal mode => doubleclick the bottom bar

Hint 1:
If you can't see the control buttons because the video is bigger than the screen resultion - this should help:
- Preferences -> Interface Settings -> Look & Feel
- Switch to "Use native style"
- Uncheck "Resize interface to video size"
- Switch back to "Use custom skin"
- Save and close
- Restart VLC

Hint 1.1:
If you still have issues:
- Load a different skin which appears right
- Close VLC
- Start VLC (without opening a Video file!)
- Select the MinimalX skin
Now the Window should appear in the center - if not let me know it

Hint 2:
If you can't see the control buttons / can't move the window - Download this version:…

Hint 3:
If the settings / volume / playlist window appears at the wrong position - this should help:
- Switch to a different custom skin (no previous versions of MinimalX)
- Restart VLC
- Switch back to the MinimalX skin and click once on the background
- Done
This problem should only appear if you have used a previous version of the skin


Any bug report, suggestion or wishes to improve the skin are welcome

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Daily Deviation

Given 2013-07-18
VLC - MinimalX by ~Maverick07x MinimalX is an incredibly gorgeous VLC skin; simple and yet functional! ( Featured by fediaFedia )
Dvyss Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Amazing skin! Would love to see a 'VLC orange' option :-)
DubaiBunniesUAE Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New Deviant
Great !
rosdikasim Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2017
Nice skin!... minimal and beautiful... yet functional!... love it!
FredAnt5 Featured By Owner May 25, 2017
I am a dummy! 
Great job
dainguhn1999 Featured By Owner May 15, 2017
After all those updates, finally the skin is perfect. Many thanks to dev <3
misakralicek Featured By Owner May 14, 2017  New Deviant
Volume can't show up like in your screenshot (but the default style) and window is not scalable or movable in any way if its off screen and i can't do anything from your tips about that (Hint 2 link doesn't work).
sebas493 Featured By Owner Edited May 13, 2017  New Deviant
My cursor doesn't disappear when playing. If I change to default theme, it works fine. Looks great btw!
dani17k Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2017
Perfect <3
chalaman83 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 23, 2017  New Deviant
This skin it's almost perfect, only one thing is missing to be so: the "loop from point A to point B" button... 

awesome skin though!
Maverick07x Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017
However i have to dissapoint you as there won't be any loop button - as there is no such command for native style skins :/
sodaddict Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2017
I followed your hints to fix the "off-resolution" problem, but the player is still off-screen and i can't resize the player.
Could you possibly update the skin so that the player can be resized at user's will?
Maverick07x Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017
Because only a couple of people have this problem its hard for me to fix it as i don't have any problem at all.
Anyway I added another version (and download link) into Hint 2 now, which should hopefully fix that problem :)
KaXaSA Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017
Amazing, thanks!
BDStudio Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2017  Professional Photographer
VIDEO367 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Hello can upload a video teaching to create skin for VLC

I might learn
If you have a link pass it
Maverick07x Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017
There is an official tutorial on VLCs Website, including with a basic skin editor.

Otherwise its learning by doing by extracting other skins and see whats going on.
The skins i made are a bit more complex and not able to make in the VLC skin editor. Thats why I use Notepad++ instead
Tnx for the skin! Just Love It !
For those who can't move the window you can do this:

ctrl+alt+left      (this will make you screen turn 90' left)


ctrl+alt+up       (this will return your screen normal and every window in the middle)
Maverick07x Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017
Thanks for the hint. But none of those shortcuts work for me. I tested it in both modes (native skin / custom skin)
I switched this skin to cinema mode but couldn't minimise the skin and switch out of cinema mode.
Best skin for VLC nonetheless.

Very modern looking unlike most skins which look like they have come outta the 90s.(NTTAWWT-if you like the music from that era :-))

Disregard everything I said.
I used the old minimalist skin duh.

Loaded the new one,all cool and dandy.

Wow,even better than the benchmark old skin.
Maverick07x Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017
Thanks :)
I just made a big update on the skin and i think it turned out even more modern. Check it out if you have some time :D
ranXeron Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017
Best skin for VLC - thnx a lot Mav!!

Is there a keyboard shortcut for minimal mode?
Maverick07x Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017
No, but with the latest update (2.6.0) the close button changes to a minimal button if you enable the title bar :)
callmekunal Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017
windows positioning is broken cannot seem to fix it
tofrus Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017
thanks for this
warriorx559 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017
Thanks for making this VLC skin, I have been using it a long time and I really like it. I have been having issues with it before I updated it recently, for some reason I never bothered to check for an update I was running v. 2.4.1 until now.
jediwombat Featured By Owner Edited Feb 2, 2017
Great looking skin! Is there a way to change the buttons from pink to green or any other color?

EDIT: I figured it out, didn't even see the realize that arrow in the settings opened more settings :D
lorenzoi Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Looks amazing Thanks
axfelix Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017
Window position is super broken in Windows 10 -- it can't be grabbed by regular keyboard shortcuts, and if it gets moved offscreen (due to fullscreening on a monitor of a different resolution from your primary monitor), there is no way to move it back. Even toggling to another skin, moving the window position to where I want it, and toggling back to minimalX puts it back in the broken offscreen position.
Maverick07x Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017
Are you using the latest version? Because the latest fix should exactly prevent that and be right in the middle of the screen.
axfelix Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017
Had to delete skins2-config from vlcrc and relaunch to fix this, and I'm actually going to wind up writing a shell script that removes this line from the config at launch in order to fix this if there isn't a way to disable this config from being set...
axfelix Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017
current solution is to put this in .bashrc:

alias fixvlc="sed -i '/skins2-config/d' ~/AppData/Roaming/vlc/vlcrc"

not everyone is using a bash shell on Windows though :)
Jaaybi Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017
Hey dude :)

Compatible with Windows 10 Anniversary update ? Thanks :)
Maverick07x Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017
Of course, it should work with every Windows Version as long VLC is working on it
askfriends Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017
btw i cant find any button to minimize, how to?
Maverick07x Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017
Sorry there is no minimize button and there won't be any :/
hauntedskin Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016
It looks great, however I've noticed that while using this theme you can't quit VLC by using the ALT+F4 shortcut. Is there a reason for this? It works fine when VLC isn't using this skin.
Maverick07x Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017
Hey, have you tried it on other custom skins as well?
Custom skins are sadly very limited when it comes to shortcuts and interacting with Windows commands
Erdnussknacker Featured By Owner Edited Dec 7, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
This skin looks great! Found a typo though, under the settings menu it says "VLC Prefereces" instead of "Preferences".
Maverick07x Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016
Oh damn. Nobody has noticed it so far?!

Thanks for pointing it out. I will update it soon :)
Nightfox4 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whenever I try to unpack the skin with the Skin-Editor, an error-message pops up and says: "The image file for the bitmap img_bg_covers could not be loaded."
It prevents me from editing the cover of the skin.
Could you please give me an advice how to resolve this problem?
Maverick07x Featured By Owner Edited Dec 5, 2016
Yes i know. However, even if i fix it you would not be able to make the skin work with the VLC Skin Editor because it is very limited and a lot of codes won't work.
This again would result into a crash.

Use WinRar to open / extract the skin and Notepad++ to edit the code
Also you can use the theme.xml file as the skin file - so you don't have to repack it after :)
krystyuc Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016
Why every time i try to download a subtitle from the interface menu it crashes!!
What can i do to fix?Thanks!!!
Maverick07x Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016
Please test it out on other custom skins as well if it works there.
As far as i know custom skins can't play subtitles, so it's really not in my hand :/
garrone Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016
Nightly builds supporting 200% scale mode, please add support for hires screens.
Maverick07x Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016
Unfortunately custom skins don't support scale mode.
However i was thinking of making one but as long I only have access to an 1080p screen I would not see the result.
garrone Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017
Please check nightly builds. They might have added support for it.
wallybescotty Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
does it come in Red by anychance instead of pink?
StArL0rd84 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 30, 2016
Using latest [21.09.2015] - v2.4
I don't know if it's a bug but when i watch media in full screen on my secondary monitor which is 1920x1080. The timeline/controls is as wide as my primary monitor which is 3440x1440. 
I liked the normal sized "control box" 

Oh, duh. found out it can be resized. clever :)
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