VLC Media Player skipping and lagging on Windows 10

Nowadays Multimedia is predominant as everything that we watch or listen is Multimedia. The media player is essential for playing any multimedia files like movies or videos. While you get to choose a media player considerably from the large options available in the market, but,  among all, VLC media player is the most significant one.

VLC’s extremely impressive features play most of the multimedia files including streaming protocols and runs on all the platforms. The best thing about VLC media player is that it is available to download for free. The free open source media player is extremely powerful, trouble-free to use and can be effortlessly customized according to user needs.

VLC Media Player skipping and lagging

Apparently, some VLC media player users have reported few issues on Windows 10. The video opened with VLC media player seems to sputter, skip and lag during the video playback. This issue is mainly observed in high definition video, 1080p (GoPro) videos and video file of MKV.

In this article, we discuss some solutions to fix this problem. Before you begin, make sure that your video & graphics drivers are up-to-date .

1] Adjust the video caches value in VLC

The following steps will guide you to change the cache value of VLC in order to fix the lagging video playback.

Open VLC media player and click on Tools.

From the Tools drop-down menu, go to Preferences.

In the Preference window, locate the Show settings at the bottom of the page and under that click on the radio button with option All.

VLC Media Player skipping and lagging

Click on Input/Codecs at the Advanced Preference window.

Search for an option with File caching (ms).

Revise the cache values from 300 to 600 or 1000.

Click on Save to use the changes.

2] Disable Hardware-accelerated decoding

The hardware accelerated decoding is extremely useful for post-processing of a graphics card and rendering a decoded video. But the process seems to clash with the drivers which may cause lags on video playback. Toggling the Hardware acceleration to disable may fix the issue in case of few computers.

Open VLC media player and click on Tools.

From the Tools drop-down menu, go to Preferences.

Click on Input/ Codecs.

In the Input and Codecs settings, search for Hardware-accelerated decoding option and toggle it to Disable.

Click on Save to apply changes.

3] Change the Video Output module

Open VLC media player and click on Tools.

From the Tools drop-down menu, go to Preferences.

In the Preference window, locate the Show settings at the bottom of the page and under that click on the radio button with option All.

Expand  Video and click on Output modules from the drop-down menu.

Experiment with a different option for video output module. Try and check which of the menu can fix the problem.

4] Alter  the Power settings

If your system is in Battery Saver mode in order to reduce the power consumption, your usage of hardware is reduced. But unfortunately, the HD video demands more hardware power for smooth playing of a video. It is worth mentioning that the high-performance power profiles consumes more power and eventually drains battery life even faster.  You may want to change the power settings to fix the problem.

Go to Control Panel and click on Power Options.

Click the radio button with High performance.

5] Alter the FFmpeg audio/video decoder

If you are having a lagging issue with MKV file, then you may want to change the number of FFmpeg threads which are used for transcoding multimedia files to the value 2.

Open VLC media player and click on Tools.

From the Tools drop-down menu, go to Preferences.

In the Preference window, locate the Show settings at the bottom of the page and under that click on the radio button with option All.

Click on Input/ Codecs section and expand.

Go to Video codecs from the drop-down.

Expand Video codecs and click on FFmpeg.

Search for the option Threads and change the value to 2.

Click Save to apply the changes.

If the problem persists, make sure you use a full version graphic card drivers as VLC uses GPU for video processing and using full version aids in solving the buffering problems. You may also consider lowering the vidio quality as a last resort and see.

Related read: VLC washed out colors & color distortion problem.

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