Here's how you can make VLC your default video player in Ubuntu 13.04.
1. Open a terminal window.
2. Type in the following commands then hit Enter after each.
sudo mv /usr/share/applications/totem.desktop /usr/share/applications/vlc.desktop
sudo sed -i 's/totem.desktop/vlc.desktop/' /etc/share/applications/defaults.list
sudo sed -i 's/totem.desktop/vlc.desktop/' /etc/share/applications/mimeinfo.list
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