How to Adjust the Video on VLC

Written by quinten plummer
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Like picture files, video files are subject to lighting issues, discolouration and poor clarity. If your videos are plagued with imperfections, you don't have to wait on a media converter's lengthy conversion process to re-encode your polished videos. With the help of Video LAN's VLC player, you can adjust your videos without permanently altering the files.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


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    Launch VLC media player. Click on the program's "Media" heading, then select the "Open File" option to load your video file into the program. If VLC is the default player for your video file, simply double-click on the file to load it into the player.

  2. 2

    Double-click on the VLC media player to toggle the full-screen video playback on or off.

  3. 3

    Select an aspect ratio for VLC's video playback. Click on the "Video" heading. Highlight the "Aspect Ratio" option in the "Video" menu, then click on the desired video aspect. Select the "Default" option to use the video's native aspect ratio.

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    Crop out any unwanted area during video playback, using the "Video" heading's "Crop" option. Highlight the "Crop" option in the "Video" heading's context menu, then select the desired dimensions for your crop.

  5. 5

    Click on VLC's "Show Extended Settings" button, which is denoted by the mixer icon. Click on the "Video Effects" tab in the Adjustments and Effects menu, then check the "Image Adjust" box.

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    Drag the "Hue," "Contrast," "Brightness," "Saturation" and "Gamma" slider to the left or right to increase or decrease you video's colour and light level.

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    Check the "Sharpen" box. Drag the "Sigma" slider to the right to increase you video's sharpness. Click "OK" to exit the Adjustments and Effects menu, and to apply your adjustments to your video.

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