Thursday, May 3, 2012

How to fix slow & choppy video playback on VLC

There's nothing more enjoyable than watching high definition movies in 720p or 1080p resolution. For watching them, I always use VLC. Love this app, it is so powerfull, lightweight, free and compact.

But for watching HD movies (720p and 1080p),  I got some slow & choppy experiences when playing them. Well, i've got some tricks to solve that.



But first of all, make sure you've installed the latest driver for your graphic card. Please refer to your grapchic card's manufacturer website for latest driver.

Well, this  little trick can solving the choppy playback problem, (at least for me) Follow several customization below on your VLC's Preferences : (Ctrl + P)


uncheck Enable OSD & show media title


check the Use GPU accelerated .. checkbox, Set Skip H.264 to 'All'



well, I'm still experimenting with other settings. But at least with the above settings you should be able to improve the performance of your VLC's playback

HD Videos plays nicely without choppy experiences



Have a try and tell me what you've got

This trick has been tested on VLC running on Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows 7
on my ThinkPad X100e (ATI Radeon HD 3200)

19 comments:

  1. Thank you very much Adi!

    This helped alot for me, using mobo: M4A78T-E with the onboard ATI Radeon HD 3300.

    Still not as smooth as it could be, but far better.

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  2. @anonymous : ok i will update it as soon i found a better setting, btw thx for coming :-)

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  3. It didn't work for me (using Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS). I'm wodering what's happening. Sunday at night I was watching a couple of movies in HD. Yesterday I was watching two TV show in the same resolution and video is pretty much unwatchable from time to time.

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    1. Nelson : There are many factors that can affect the video performance. Try turning off any services that are not needed.

      Do you use the Unity desktop? Unity itself consumes much resources. I suggest you to use xfce desktop, which are lighter and faster.

      have a try, hope it can help your problem.

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  4. Thank you!! It works for my computer!

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  5. Thanks Much this Works !!!

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  6. GREAT, THANKS!! TOP EBAYER . . .

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  7. plz give me vlc download link...fast

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  8. It actually works, but picture quality becoming way worse with this settings.

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    1. yup...If you would like a more satisfactory result, try Light Alloy or Media Player Lite.. they can played videos more faster on a slow machine

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  9. Amazing. This worked for me. I tried turning the GPU acceleration off at first... oops, so it must be the overlay. I think this must be something to with a recent version of VLC. I noticed freezing on the first part of Saving Private Ryan which I saw before with no problems.
    Anyway, GREAT and THANK YOU!

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    1. You're welcome. anyway, have u tried Light Alloy? http://www.light-alloy.ru/
      it's more lightweight than VLC. Go try it

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  11. thank you it really helped

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  13. I don't have the gpu option at all! Will give this a try. I am using vlc 2.2.4 and Ubuntu 16.10

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