How to Fix Video Stuck or Freeze in VLC

Summary: This post shares the best solutions to fix video freezing, buffering or audio lag in VLC Media Player. In some cases, if troubleshooting the VLC Player doesn’t fix the video freezing issue, try Stellar Repair for Video. The software fixes corruption in video frames, slider movement, etc.


How to Fix Video Stuck or Freeze in VLC How to Fix Video Stuck or Freeze in VLC

VLC Media Player is one of the most compatible and user-friendly media player. It can play almost all video file types from any source stored in hard drives, SD cards, CD/ DVD, and others.

But as technical glitches can occur anytime, videos may start to stutter, freeze, or show audio lags in VLC Player. This is commonly reported while playing large-sized HD or UHD videos, such as movies, animated films, etc. The HD or UHD videos don’t play smoothly and skips frames or freeze in VLC.

‘When I watch 1080p H265 .mp4 movie file, the VLC Player freezes randomly after about 5 minutes. However, I can hear the audio track, but the video lags. Can I fix this?’

Here are the best six solutions to fix Video Stuck or Freeze in VLC.

Solutions to fix video stuck, stuttering, buffering or lagging in VLC Media Player

Although there isn’t a set solution, changing the VLC media player’s settings can work. You may have to try various methods shared here to fix the video freeze or lag issues in VLC Media Player.

You can apply the solutions here to play high quality, HD/ UHD/ HDR, 8k, or H.265 videos of any size and file format.

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Method 1: Update VLC Media Player to the latest version

Just in case, your videos freeze, stutter, or are not playing in VLC Media Player, first update the player to the latest version. The updates improve support for new HD codecs, advanced formats, HDR, H.265/HEVC, 4K & 8K playback, 360-degree videos, VP9 (HD videos at lower bitrates), and others for decoding and encoding. It also fixes streaming issues and bugs, if any.

Also read: How to open HEIC, HEVC files on Windows 10

Method 2: Increase cache values in VLC Player

VLC Player preloads video cache files in the computer’s RAM to access and play the video properly. You can try to fix the video buffering issue by increasing the cache value. This would increase the number of seconds videos are cached to play in VLC Player.

Steps to increase cache value in VLC:

  • Open VLC Player.
  • Go to Tools > Preferences.
  • At the bottom-left corner under Show settings, select ‘All.’

Reset Preferences in VLC

           Figure: Reset Preferences in VLC

  • In the left pane, click Input/ Codecs from the list.
  • On the right pane, scroll down to the Advanced section.

Input/Codecs pane in VLC

          Figure: Input/Codecs pane in VLC

  • In the Advanced section, across File caching (ms), change the value to 1000 or above.
  • Click Save. Next, restart VLC Player and check if the videos are playing properly.

Method 3: Disable Hardware Decoding in VLC Player

VLC Media Player can use the GPU of a computer to accelerate video decoding in high-quality videos. However, your PC’s drivers may behave abruptly, resulting in video playback or streaming issues. You can try disabling hardware decoding to fix Video Stuck or Freeze in the VLC player.

Steps to disable hardware decoding in VLC:

  1. Open VLC Media Player.
  2. Go to Tools >Preferences.
  3. At the bottom-left corner under Show settings, select ‘All.’
  4. In the left pane, click Input/ Codecs from the list.
  5. Click Video Codecs > FFmpeg.
    Disable Hardware decoding in VLC

              Figure: Disable Hardware decoding in VLC

  6. Under FFmpeg audio/video decoder, scroll down to Hardware decoding and set it to Disable.
  7. Click Save. Restart VLC Payer to enable the changes.

Method 4: Change FFmpeg settings in VLC Player

Making changes in the FFmpeg video codec in VLC Player has worked for some. You can also try to resolve video stuttering and freezing with this technique.

  • Open VLC Media Player.
  • Go to Tools > Preferences.

VLC_Tools_Preferences

  • At the bottom-left corner, under Show settings, select ‘All.’

VLC_Advanced Preferences_Select All

  • In the left pane, click Input/ Codecs from the list.
  • Click Video Codecs > FFmpeg.

VLC_Video Codecs_FFMPEG

  • Under FFmpeg audio/video decoder, scroll down to Skip the loop filter for H.264 decoding option. Set it to ‘All.’

VLC_Skip the loop filter for H.264 decoding

  • Click Save.

Method 5: Switch video output to DirectX DirectDraw in VLC

Try switching between output video stream settings in the VLC media player. You can either set the output video module to Direct 3D video output, DirectX DirectDraw, or Open GL video output.

Steps to change video output in VLC:

  • Open VLC Media Player.
  • Click and follow Tools > Preferences.

VLC_Tools_Preferences

  • In the Preferences window, click on Reset Preferences.

VLC_Reset Preferences

  • In the confirmation dialog box, click OK.
  • Again, go to Tools > Preferences.
  •  In the Preferences window, at the bottom left, under the Show Settings section, select the ‘All’ option.

VLC_Advanced Preferences_Select All

  • Now, scroll down and click on Video.
  • On the right pane, Video options appear. Uncheck Drop late frames and Skip frames.

 VLC_Drop late frames and Skip frames.

  • On the left pane, under the Video section, select Output modules.

    Video output modules in VLC

               Figure: Video output modules in VLC

  • Output modules options appear on the right pane. View drop-down of Video output module and select Direct 3D video output. Note: If this doesn’t work, you can try to fix videos by choosing DirectX DirectDraw or Open GL video output.
  • Click on Save at the bottom.

Now, check if VLC Player can play your videos without freeze or other interruption.

Method 6: Repair your video using Stellar Repair for Video

If the above methods using VLC Media Player don’t fix video freeze, lag, or stuttering issues, the video file may be corrupt. To confirm corruption, see if your video freezes while playing in another media player.

If yes, try video repair software that can fix corruption in the file header, frames, and slider movement that may result in video freeze or stuttering.

Stellar Repair for Video is one such tool, which can easily repair damaged videos and fix Video Stuck or Freeze in VLC player. You can download the free trial to evaluate the software capabilities and preview the repaired videos before saving them.

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Steps to fix videos freezing issue using Stellar Repair for Video

Step 1: Launch Stellar Repair for Video

Step 2: Click Add file to add the corrupt video files not playing VLC or other media players. You can add multiple videos of different formats and repair in one go using Stellar Repair for Video.

Stellar Repair for Video - Click Repair

Step 3: Click the ‘Repair’ button to begin the repair process.

Save Repaired Files - Stellar Repair for VIdeo

Step 4: Preview the repaired videos before saving them to your desired location. Select videos and click on Save Repaired Files.

Stellar Repair For VIdeo- Preview Repaired Files

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Conclusion

Here we have recommended changing the settings of VLC Media Player to fix video freezing or lag using the below methods:

  1. Update VLC Media Player to the latest version
  2. Increase cache value in VLC Player
  3. Disable Hardware Decoding
  4. Change FFmpeg settings in VLC Player
  5. Switch video output to DirectX DirectDraw in VLC

In case changing the VLC settings doesn’t work, your file may be corrupt. Repair it using an advanced video repair software — Stellar Repair for Video that fixes corrupt header, data, frames, slider movement, etc., in videos.

Hope you found this helpful. Do share with our readers, which method helped you fix Video Stuck or Freeze in VLC player issue in the comment box below.

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