Everything About Volume and Audio Controls in VLC Media Player

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VLC Media Player has several controls that can be used to control the volume of a playing media file. There are on-screen volume controls which you can slide up and down using the mouse to increase and decrease the volume. There also are hotkeys or shortcuts which can be used to easily control the volume straight from the keyboard. Similar controls for muting and unmuting the audio or setting it as stereo, mono, left, right or reverse stereo are also present. There are also options to disable the audio completely in an accompanying video. It is also possible to select the right audio in a video with multiple soundtracks and we can choose the correct audio output module if we have laptop speakers along with external speakers and earphones/headphones connected. Finally, we also found controls to remember the volume level settings and some additional effects which are built for the advanced users. We will talk about those audio controls to help you maintain a desired volume and sound effects at all times when playing media through VLC.

The Basics of Audio in VLC

On-Screen Volume Controls

On the bottom-right corner of the interface, there is the volume widget. The mouse or trackpad on your laptop can be used to reach that area to click and drag the volume level. We can make it go from 0% to 125%. Also, clicking on the volume icon will allow us to mute and unmute the player. This is the simplest way to control sound levels in VLC Media Player. The location of the volume icon can be edited by customizing the interface.

Everything About Volume and Audio Controls in VLC Media Player

Menu Controls for Audio

The menu bar on top or the right-click options has a top-level menu called Audio which gives access to features that can be used for volume controls with some additional options. Here are what they are:

  • Audio Track. Choose one between multiple tracks (Track 1, Track 2) or Disable it completely.
  • Audio Device. Pick the default playback device if there are multiple speakers or earphones connected.
  • Stereo Mode. Pick Mono, Stereo, Left, Right and Reverse stereo.
  • Visualizations. Pick a visualization for the audio playback and advanced users can install custom ones.
  • Increase, Decrease Volume and Mute. These are self-explanatory. We can make the sound go up, down or turn it off.

Hotkeys/Shortcuts for Audio

To save time or for our convenience, we can use keyboard buttons for volume controls in VLC Media Player. Such keyboard controls are called hotkeys in VLC. By default, we can use CTRL + Up Arrow or CTRL + Down Arrow to increase and decrease the volume respectively. The ‘M’ shortcut key can be pressed to mute or unmute the media. The J and K keys are for decreasing and increasing the audio delay by 50ms at a time. These hotkeys are configurable and we can change them to our liking. It is much quicker to use hotkeys in VLC Media Player.

Note: When a media file is open, using the hotkey, the audio can go up to a maximum of 200% but we have to be careful to not set it too high that our laptop speakers cannot handle it and our speakers might get damaged.

Fixing Audio Synchronization (or Delay)

Sometimes, the audio doesn’t line up with the video. When it is out of sync, we can slow down the audio or move forward by certain seconds. This will make sure that the audio is synchronized with the video.

  • To delay the audio by 50 milliseconds press K on the keyboard. The screen will display Audio delay 50 ms.
  • To advance the audio by 50 milliseconds press J on the keyboard. The screen will display Audio delay -50 ms.

Tap on the J and K keys repetitively until the synchronization issue has been fixed.

Audio options for Intermedia Users

Simple Audio Preferences

Now, let us move to the audio options available in the simple preferences.

To go to the audio options in simple preferences:

  • Click on Tools > Preferences [CTRL + P]
  • Go to the Audio tab

Simple Audio Preferences

Under this tab, there are several options to manage the audio.

  1. ☑ Enable audio. It is checked by default and if the checkmark is removed and saved, the audio stream isn’t opened. It has to be checked again to enable the audio.
  2. Always reset audio start level to. Enable it and it makes it possible to set a default level of audio. Set it between 0% – 125% but a level of 80% – 100% seems like the optimum value.
  3. Output model. Default option i.e. Automatic is always fine. Additional options are:
    • Windows multimedia device output,
    • DirectX audio output,
    • WaveOut audio output,
    • Audio memory output,
    • File audio output,
    • Dummy audio output, and
    • Disable.
  4. HDMI/SPDIF audio passthrough. It is disabled by default. We can Enable it for just AC3/DTS only or Enable it. Use the values to fix issues with HD codecs when using a HDMI receiver.
  5. Device. Choose a default output device. If you have an earphone plugged in, it will be the default device. If we select our speakers as the default output device, even though we might have the headphones connected, our speakers should play the sound.
  6. ☑ Enable time stretching audio. Keep it enabled to maintain the pitch of the sound when playing the video and audio or just audio slower or faster than its normal speed.
  7. ☑ Normalize volume to. Enter a value to set the value of the volume.
  8. Replay gain mode. Select the replay gain mode between none, track and album.
  9. Visualization. Choose an inbuilt audio visualization or for advanced users, install new visualizations.
  10. Preferred audio language. If the audio in a video has multiple tracks like in English, Hindi, German, we can set the default one that VLC picks. Enter values like en, in, de, jp which are actually alphabetical country codes.
  11. ☑ Submit played tracks stats to last.fm. Many would find this option useless.

Hitting Save is mandatory after we have made the changes and we want them to last.

Audio Effects

Several audio effects are available to make the sound output just right. We can find the equalizer, compressor, and many more under Audio Effects. One would use such effects like the equalizer, compressor, and spatializer to choose a preset and make a song sound good. There’s also the “Stereo Widener” and “Advanced” to adjust the pitch of the voices.

To access audio effects:

  • Go to Tools > Effects and Filters.
  • The Audio Effects tab is the first one.
  • Navigate the Equalizer, Compressor, Spatializer, Stereo Widener and Advanced tab.
  • ☑ Enable each one and drag the sliders.
  • Hit Save to keep the effects.

Audio Adjustments and Effects in VLC

One great use of the Compressor is to fix the sudden loud music for action scenes and low volume for the dialogues issue.

Audio Options for Advanced Users

Advanced Audio Preferences

What we talked about before is just the ‘tip of the iceberg’ of the audio settings that VLC has. It is enough for most of the users. Most would just be satisfied with the volume levels and having the option to select the audio language. The ‘Advanced Preferences for Audio’ are for professional users who have to dig into the specifics to get the right sound feedback. This is where every imaginable VLC settings for Audio are present.

To get to VLC’s advanced preferences for audio:

  • Go to Tools > Preferences [CTRL + P].
  • In the bottom, under show settings, click on All.
  • Click on Audio for the General audio settings.
  • There are various sub-items and sub-sub-items under it
    • Audio Sampler. For the Audio filters that are used to process the audio stream.
    • Filters. Check and activate the audio filter.
    • Output modules. Select an audio output module and a media role.
    • Visualizations. Choose a visualization and configure it.

Audio resampler

There are two sub-items under it.

  • Speex resampler. Set the resampling quality.
  • SRC resampler. Set the sample rate converter type like Sinc function, zero order hold or linear.


A range of filters is available for the advanced audio engineers and sound technicians. Several filters are available and can be activated. Check one or more than one to use them:

  • Simple stereo widening effect. Enhance the stereo effect by suppressing mono.
  • Ambisonics renderer and binauralizer. Add audio post-processing filters to modify the sound rendering.
  • Pitch Shifter. Enable the pitch shifter.
  • Parametric Equalizer. Alter a specific part of the frequency range.
  • Stereo to mono downmixer. Convert stereo track to mono.
  • Headphone virtual spatialization effect. Make any music format sound like you are listening to 7.1 surround sound.
  • Equalizer with 10 bands. A 10-band equalizer for your sound.
  • Sound delay. Add delay effects to sound.
  • Audio Spatializer. The same spatializer from the audio effects menu. Music, Audio tempo scaler synched with rate: Change the tempo.
  • Audio channel remapper. Switch right and left speakers or any others.
  • Volume normalizer. For bringing down high volume audios.
  • Simple Karaoke filter. Bring down the vocals.
  • Gain control filter. Automatically adjust the gain to a suitable level.
  • Dynamic range compressor. Reduce loud sounds and amplify the soft ones.
  • Audio part of the BarGraph function.

Once activated, the filters can be configured through the sub-menu items available under filters. For example: After activating the Parametric Equalizer, we can go to Audio > Filters > Parametric Equalizer and change the values for the several rows of frequency and their gain. The filters that are available in the sub-menu are listed as Audio pitch changer, Audiobar Graph, Compressor, Delay, Equalizer, Gain, Headphone Effect, Mono, Parametric Equalizer, Remap, Scaletempo, Spatialaudio, Spatializer, Stereo Enhancer, and Volume normalizer. They might not have the same names as the filters but we can match them like after activating Headphone virtual spatialization effect, we can probably use the Headphone Effect and when we have activated the ☑ Volume Normalizer checkbox, the Volume normalizer option can be accessed to set the value for audio buffers and maximal volume level.

Output modules

Choose an Audio output module from Automatic to Windows Multimedia Device output, DirectX audio output, WaveOut audio output, Audio memory output, File audio output, Dummy audio output and Disable it. The Media role can be selected between Video, Music, Communication, Game, Notification, Animation, Production, Accessibility, and Test.

  • DirectX. Choose output device to use the DirectX feature with. Float32 output can also be activated/deactivated. Speaker configuration can be switched from Windows default to Mono, Stereo, Quad, 5.1 and 7.1.
  • File. Choose an output file and format along with the number of output channels and enable/disable WAVE header.
  • MMDevice. Options to select Output back-end, HDMI/SPIF audio passthrough, Output device, and Audio volume.
  • WaveOut. Select an audio device between Microsoft Soundmapper and others available like Speakers (Realtek). Also, choose the number of Audio output channels.


Options to choose a visualization when playing audio. The available ones are Goom effect, libprojectM effect, Visualization filter, and 3D OpenGL spectrum visualization.

The submenus are there for configuration and additional options.

  • glSpectrum. Choose video width and height.
  • Goom. Choose display width, height and animation speed.
  • projectM. Choose path, font and different dimensions.
  • Visualizer. A set of options for the visualizer.

Advanced Audio Preferences in VLC

Final Words

These are all the direct audio-related options that are there in VLC Media Player’s simple and advanced preferences. Not everyone will use the advanced options and will never even have to touch it. The basic ones are more than enough for our media playing experience. There are additional audio related tweaks available in other places like Advanced Preferences > Input / Codecs > Audio Codec and even hidden deep inside Advanced Preferences > Stream output and its submenus. We hope you found this detailed guide useful. If there are any questions or things you’d like to add, leave them in the comments.

VLC for Android, App: Widgets for the Home Screen Mini Player

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One way to quickly access VLC for Android to make it play music immediately is by using the app’s widgets. In Android, there are special widgets that can be placed on the home screen that are different than app shortcuts. It loads up a widget called VLC Mini Player. The widget or mini player is accompanied by some basic functionality. With VLC’s widgets, tracks can be played or paused, navigated (forward, next and stop) along with the display of artist and album name and cover. The app has two types of widgets—VLC Dark Widget and VLC White Widget. These types only differ in color and offer the same functionality. It can serve as a great way to access songs and music, quickly.

To add VLC’s widget on your Android smartphone’s or tablet’s home screen:

  • Long press in an empty area of the home screen.
  • Tap the option that says Add widgets.
  • Search for ‘VLC’ or scroll down to reach VLC.
  • Tap on VLC Dark Widget or VLC White Widget.
  • Confirm and give access if the launcher asks for it.
  • Drag the widget and resize it to fit your needs.

VLC Mini Player Widget

Note that the home screen widget is different than the player that displays on the notification slider but it quite similar in functionality. It is a mini player and fits its name.

Using the home screen widget, VLC’s cone icon can be tapped on to launch the VLC Media Player app. If a playlist is already loaded up, the play button can be used to continue it. At first, when the widget is added, the play/pause, forward and next buttons might not respond or do anything. Once the player has a track, playlist or album loaded, those buttons work. The cross button is used to close those currently playing items.

Do You Want VLC to Restart or Continue the Playback Where Left Off?

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One of the practical features of VLC Media Player is the ability to continue the playback from where we left off. Imagine that a 2-hour long documentary is playing in the application. You hit stop by accident. To continue from the same part, we would have to use the time toolbar and click on it several times. It won’t be an easy task to get to the exact spot where you left off. However, there is an inbuilt feature that allows us to resume the movie or video on the exact location where we hit stop. The feature is enabled by default and VLC asks, “Do you want to restart the playback where left off?” The message is displayed on top alongside a “Continue” button. If we press on it, the video playback is resumed.

There are some options to configure the continue video feature. We can choose whether VLC asks for our permission to resume the video or does it automatically every time. There’s also a third option to turn it off completely. But most of the time, we might want it to ask us what we want to do.

Restart Playback VLC Interface

To configure whether VLC asks, automatically resumes or turn off the feature:

  • Go to Tools > Preferences [CTRL + P]
  • On the default Interface tab, there’s an option called Continue playback?
  • Choose between Never, Ask, Always; the three options.
  • Hit Save to keep the setting.

Resume Options

If you haven’t figured it out already, here is what the three options do:

  1. Never: It won’t ask and will never continue the video from where we left off.
  2. Ask: It will ask every time whether or not we want to continue our playback and we can do so by pressing the Continue button.
  3. Always: It will resume playback immediately without asking.

How to Activate (or Deactivate) Deinterlacing in VLC Media Player

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Deinterlacing is a solution to display interlaced videos on progressive screens. It is not the perfect solution as there might be combing in the image but we will talk about that in a little while. This post is dedicated to provide information to turn on (auto) or off the ‘deinterlace’ feature in VLC media player. It is just activated or deactivated with a press of a button.

The hotkey or shortcut key in VLC to activate or deactivate deinterlacing: D

Just press the ‘D’ button on your keyboard when a video is playing and a message will display on the top-right.

Deinterlace on (Auto) – When it is activated.

Deinterlace off – When it is turned off.

It is as simple as that.

Automate Deinterlacing (On/Auto/Off) in VLC

There’s a simple option that needs to be activated to enable deinterlacing by default in VLC. It can also be set to auto which will give the software the choice to turn it on or off. It can also be set to always off.

  • Go to Tools > Preferences [CTRL + P]
  • Click on Video
  • Select Off, Automatic, or On under Video > Deinterlacing.
  • Click on Save.

Deinterlacing Videos in VLC Media Player

Advanced VLC Users: Choose Streaming deinterlace mode

Advanced users, who know what they are doing, can choose the streaming deinterlace mode when it is turned on. VLC has different streaming deinterlace modes: Blend, Mean, Bob, Linear, X, Yadif, Yadif (2x), Phosphor and Film NTSC (IVTC).

To choose which mode is picked by VLC:

  • Open Tools > Preferences [CTRL + P]
  • Select All under Show settings
  • Navigate to Video > Filters > Deinterlace
  • Choose any one like Blend, Mean from Streaming deinterlace mode drop-down
  • Click on Save

Default Deinterlacing Video Filter

What is deinterlacing?

Videos are of two types: Interlaced and progressive. Interlaced videos are those where one frame will only have alternate lines of a picture displayed. Progressive videos sequentially draw all the lines that a video has. Interlaced videos (eg. 1080i videos) are used by cable companies to save bandwidth while broadcasting. Progressive videos (eg. 1080p videos) are common with streaming sites like Netflix.

The displays that we have these days are all progressive. Meaning, they support 1080p, 720p videos by default and not 1080i. The solution to display such interlaced videos on our progressive screen is to deinterlace them. Now, it’s not perfect as the science behind deinterlacing cannot solve all the problems and people might notice a slight combing in parts of an image. But it is the only solution we have and it works for most.

How to Rip a DVD, Blu-Ray, Audio or Video CD and Save it using VLC Media Player

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You must have noticed that you can’t always use copy and paste for your DVD/CD/Blu-Ray disk drives. Have you wondered how you can take all the contents like music, songs, and videos and store it in your computer for backup? VLC can do that. It can easily rip a DVD, Blu-Ray, Audio CD and even those Video CDs (SVCD or VCD). With the help of VLC Media Player, you can copy the contents of a Blu-Ray or DVD and even an Audio CD. The contents of a disk can be saved to your laptop or desktop.

These circular disks aren’t popular like they used to be but they are still in use. If your laptop has one of those drives and you have old music CDs, movie Blu-Rays, DVD or VCD lying around, back them up to your computer safely. It’s like downloading online video but from CDs and DVDs instead. VLC will rip and extract them in a modern and popular digital format like MP3, MP4 (H.264). You can store these MP3 and MP4 files forever in your PC or Mac as a backup.

So, here are the detailed steps to rip a DVD, Blu-Ray, Audio CD or SVCD/VCD and save them to your computer (desktop or laptop) using VLC Media Player:

First, insert your DVD, CD, Blu-Ray Disc, Audio CD or Video CD to the disk drive in your laptop, PC or Mac

  • Open VLC and access Media > Convert/Save [CTRL + R].
    Media Convert/Save
  • Click on the Disc
  • Select a disc type: DVD, Blu-ray, Audio CD or SVCD/VCD.
  • Check on ☑ No disc menus.
  • Select your disc from the drop-down or Browse to choose it.
    RIP Disc VLC
  • Click on Convert/Save.
  • Next, choose a Profile: (a) Video – H.264 + MP3 (MP4) works great for videos and (b) Audio – MP3 works great for ripping audio CDs.
  • Click Browse and choose a Destination file.
    Convert & Save Media
  • Hit Start to begin the Audio/Video ripping.

The progress bar in VLC’s player interface will show you how much of the ripping and copying is done. If the progress bar doesn’t move, click on the Play button. You can, of course, pause it in the middle but it isn’t recommended. Once the process completes, browse to the destination folder and get all the ripped MP3s (Audio) or MP4s (Video + Audio) files. You can now copy them to any location—hard drive on your system, external storage, and cloud locations. You can also convert them into different formats using VLC. They will be saved forever and won’t get lost because the circular disc has been damaged or scratched.

VLC for Android: Play YouTube, Dailymotion, and Online Video Streams

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VLC for Android can play YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo and other online video streams just like its desktop counterpart. The Android app can open videos using their URL and it will begin to stream immediately. Just copy and paste the link to the video in ☰ > Stream and it will load the video within the VLC app. When an online video is opened using VLC application, features of the Android app can be used on the stream as well.

An online video opened in VLC for Android can have its playback speed increased or decreased, subtitles can be loaded automatically or manually and even be formatted, audio speed can be controlled and synced. There is a whole host of features that come with VLC for Android and it is all available in an ad-free app. So, watch a YouTube video in 1.5x speed, sync the audio for Dailymotion videos or disable the video and hear just the audio of Vimeo streams. But the app does not continue playing the video when the phone is locked.

Here are the detailed steps to play YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo and Other Online Video Streams in VLC for Android:

  • Copy the direct link to the video from your browser
  • Switch to VLC for Android app
  • Tap on Menu
  • Go to Stream
    Open Online Stream in VLC Android
  • Long press under Enter network address and hit Paste
    Paste Network Address

The video will open shortly. Feel free to use the on-screen interface controls to navigate the video and switch video resolution. Using the More … option, you can set a timer, control playback speed, skip to time, use the equalizer, cut of the video to play just the audio, delay subtitles, delay audio, use picture-in-picture mode and enable/disable audio digital output for the video.

For copying and pasting the video URL: If it is from a site like Dailymotion or YouTube, open up the full video page first. Example: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6emr5p or https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-ap5Fp2T6c. It doesn’t support playlists.

Which video site works?

We have tried it with popular video hosting sites like YouTube, Dailymotion, and Vimeo. They all work. But streams from sites like Twitch, Yahoo View, Break, and Metacafe are not supported. Direct video links to .mp4 files hosted on http:// addresses will certainly work.

If you found additional video sites that work (or doesn’t work) in VLC for Android network streams, then let us know in the comments below.

How to Update VLC Media Player to the Latest Version

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With VLC Media Player, you always want the latest version of the software in your computer. There are additional features, security updates and improvements in the app when it is the most up to date version. The VideoLAN group always pushes regular updates and you will get an automated notification when you open the application. If it doesn’t show any update notification, go to Help > Check for Updates from the menu bar and a manual check will be performed. It will look for new versions of VLC Media Player online.

To update VLC Media Player to the latest version in your laptop or desktop:

  1. Click on Help > Check for Updates. If there is an update, it’ll display a message like,

    A new version of VLC (3.0.3) is available.

    VideoLAN and the VLC development team present VLC 3.0 “Vetinari”.
    VLC 3.0 is a major update to VLC, introducing hardware decoding by default, allowing 4K with low-cpu usage (and 8K on recent machines), supporting HDR and 360 video. It also improves audio passthrough, allows to stream to ChromeCast, Blurays and local network drive browsing.

    Do you want to download it?

    VLC Update Found

  2. Click on Yes and it will begin downloading the update file immediately.
    Downloading Update
    Once downloaded, it will say

    The new version was successfully downloaded. Do you want to close VLC and install it now?

  3. Hit the Install button.
    Install Now
  4. It will ask for admin privileges. Click on Yes to proceed.

    Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?

    Admin Privileges

  5. The installation wizard will start. Click Yes.
    Installation Wizard
  6. You will have two options. Hit Next.
    Upgrade Install Options

    • Upgrade VLC using previous settings (recommended)
    • Change settings (advanced)

    Most users will choose the recommended option.

  7. The installer will now extract the files and install the softwareInstalling Upgrade
    It will display a confirmation at the end. Click Finish.
    Installation Completion Screen

If you had checked the ☑ Run VLC media player option, the new and updated version will now run. Otherwise, you can access it from the start menu or any other shortcuts to launch the app in your system.

To confirm that everything went smooth and the update happened, Click on Help > About.

About VLC Media Player

VLC for Android, App: Syncing Subtitles by Adjusting Subtitle Delay

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In the Android version of VLC Media Player, a quick on-screen setting is available for syncing subtitles. The option is there on the screen to bring out the controls. It’s the three dots … on the app’s interface. You will find it on the bottom of the screen when a video is playing. Tap on it and then a whole set of options appear on the phone’s display. The subtitle delay option in the VLC app is the fifth button from the top. Once you tap on it, you can increase the subtitle delay by hitting the plus ‘+’ button. You can reduce the delay by hitting the minus ‘-‘ button. Obviously, you will have to load up the subtitle in the VLC Android app first. Then, if it not appearing on time, you can fix it by slowing it down or making it come up faster.

If you need the detailed steps for syncing subtitles by adjusting subtitle delay in the VLC for Android app:

  • Open a movie in VLC for Android.
  • Tap on the screen to bring out the on-screen controls.
  • Tap on the three dots (…) options button.
    Options Button
  • Tap the fifth button from the top.
    Subtitle Delay Button
  • Hit the plus ‘+’ or minus ‘-‘ button to adjust the subtitle delay.
    Subtitle Delay Options

You must have noticed that hitting the plus button once will adjust the delay by 50 milliseconds. Hitting the minus button will reduce it by 50 milliseconds. 1000 ms is equal to 1 second. So, if your subtitle is appearing 1-second faster, you must have to adjust the delay by +1000 ms. If the subtitles are appearing 1-second slower then you must make the delay -1000 ms.

At first, it might be a bit confusing but understand it like this.

When your subtitles are showing up faster, you will have to slow them down. To slow them down, you delay them. So, a positive delay like 2000 ms.

When your subtitles are showing up later, you will have to speed them up. You have to speed them up. Speeding them up means reducing the delay. So a negative value is required. That means, something like -5000 ms.

The best way to learn it is to use it in actual videos. So, pop in a movie, open it with VLC, add in the subtitles and play around with the delay buttons. You will get used to it.

VLC for Android, App: Formatting Subtitles (Size, Color, Background, Bold)

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In the Android version of VLC, you can easily format the subtitles from the settings. Just go to Settings from the Menu ☰ and navigate to Subtitles where you will find all the options for formatting text. You can choose the size and color. In VLC for Android app, you can also bold the on-screen text or have a colored background behind it so that it is easy to read. On the same page, you will also find additional settings like auto loading the subtitles, choosing the subtitle download language when you’re downloading it and even the subtitle text encoding.

To configure and format subtitles in VLC for Android, follow these steps:

  • Go to Menu ☰
  • Tap on ⚙ Settings
  • Scroll down to Interface and tap on Subtitles

You will reach a settings screen page which is dedicated solely to subtitles.

Subtitles Formatting Option in VLC for Android

The formatting options:

  1. Subtitles Size: Choose from Small, Normal, Big and Huge.
  2. Subtitles Color: Choose a color like White, Gray, Pink, Blue, Yellow, Green.
  3. Subtitles Background: The on-screen text will have a background for easy visibility.
  4. Bold subtitles: The text will be bolded for legibility.

Besides the formatting options, the first one says Auto load subtitles which does exactly what it says. It will bring up the text every time a movie is played. Subtitle download languages option is used when you are downloading it from the player. Subtitle text encoding will allow you to switch to other encodings like UTF-16 from the Default (Windows-1252).

All the settings mentioned above are crucial to providing you a good experience in watching a movie with subtitles. Configure them to fit your taste. The size, color, and bold options are quite useful. You might take it up a size and choose a different color. Making it bold it will allow you to read it easily. But when you increase the size and make it bold, it might take additional space on the screen while making the video behind it less visible. Turning on the background will actually block things out so activate it only when you need it.

VLC for Android, App: Syncing Sound by Adjusting Audio Delay

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In VLC for Android, if you find that the audio of a particular movie or video is out of sync, then you can fix it using the audio delay feature. You can specify how much to delay the sound by, in terms of milliseconds. If a sound is delayed by 1000 milliseconds then it will play after 1 second after the video. If a sound is delayed by -1000 milliseconds, it will move forward by 1 second in the video. The option is available on the screen after hitting the three dots … from the controls menu. It is the seventh icon in the on-screen options.

For the desktop version: Syncing Audio in VLC Media Player

The detailed steps to sync audio by adjusting the delay in VLC for Android:

  • Open a video in VLC Media Player.
  • If the on-screen control isn’t showing, tap on the screen.
  • Tap on the three dots (options).
    Options Button
  • Press the seventh button in the list.
    Audio Delay Button
  • Tap on the plus ‘+’ or minus ‘-‘ button
    Audio Delay Options

Once you press the Audio Delay feature, you can hit the ‘+’ or ‘-‘ button located on the screen. Hitting plus once will delay the music by 50 ms. You might have to tap the button a couple of times or continue pressing it to make sure that the audio is in sync. Pressing on the minus sign will have the opposite effect. The minus button will speed up the sound as in moving it forward and it will play before the video.

Syncing audio is a really useful feature. Sometimes in movies, you will notice that an actor will move their lips but the sounds of the dialogue will come after a while. Sometimes, the opposite happens and the dialogue will come before the lips move. This is where the audio delay feature will come to the rescue.

So, if your audio comes first before the video, adjust it with the plus button by increasing the audio delay. If your audio comes later than the video, adjust it with the minus button. Sounds confusing? Play with it around for a while and you will get the hang of it!

Remember the Audio Delay

You might have noticed that the audio delay that you set will be there for the current run only. When you open the movie, the next time, it won’t have the same delay in place. VLC will forget the settings. If you want to keep the audio delay for the next run then you should head on to the options.

Here are the detailed steps to make sure that VLC for Android will remember the audio delay:

  • Go to ☰ Menu
  • Tap on Settings
  • Under Extra Settings, tap on Video
  • Check (or uncheck) the Save audio delay option
    Save Audio Delay

Now, the audio delay settings will be saved for the next run. It only applies to the individual video. You won’t have to set it again and again. Visit the same options to remove it.