I installed my newly compiled VLC. It didn't originally start because it depended on a libvlc and vlccore which I didn't have.
To get those I added the VLC nightlies to my /etc/apt/source.list:
deb http://nightlies.videolan.org/build/sid-amd64/arch ./
Then I got the missing files:
aptitude install libvlc2 libvlccore1
and my self compiled VLC runs great. [except for the fact that typing vlc at the command line returns an error because the path is wrong so I have to type /usr/local/bin/vlc to start vlc but that will soon be fixed.]