I was not a fan on the fact that if I wanted to play multiple flv files under GNU/Linux I found myself having to start vlc, open a playlist window, locate my desired files, drag them into the vlc playlist window and then push play; what a load of faff that is when under everybodys' fave monopoly OS I could just right click on a bunch of files then choose 'Open with VLC' and it would behave as expected instead of opening x instances of vlc for x number of files.
I had a search on the net but failed to find a way to get vlc to play nicely with nautilus. I got it working as I wanted and so I wanted to share my tweak with as many free software users as possible and this seemed as good a place as any. I would really love to see vlc replace totem as the standard media player of Ubuntu but now that vlc has switched to using QT4 I think the chances of this happening are slim indeed.
Install the package nautilus-actions
from a terminal run nautilus-actions-config
Under the 'Menu Item and action tab' set the values as such:
Label: Enqueue in VLC
Icon: gtk-justify-right (or whatever you like best)
Then under the 'Conditions' tab set the fields as follows:
filenames: *.ogg; *.mp3; *.flv; *.avi; *.mp4; *.mov; *.wav; *.flac
Untick 'Match case' if it isn't already deselected
Choose 'Only files' option and tick 'Appears if selection has multiple files or folders'
Choose OK, close nautilus-actions-config and restart GNOME (by logging out and back in or restarting). Now when you right click on one or more media files under GNOME you should get a 'Enqueue in VLC' option in the top level of you nautilus context menu- that is just above where 'Send to..' normally is and not under the 'Open with..' context sub-menu, as you may expect.
After applying this tweak I'm much more comfortable and efficient with playing media under GNOME- hope you enjoy it too!