How to Stop VLC Media Player From Skipping With High Def Files

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VLC Media Player, a popular multimedia player and converter for PC and Mac operating systems, can play dozen of file formats, including high-definition files on your computer or from websites. Like other multimedia players, VLC bases its playback on the buffer size (also known as its caching value), which is the amount of time the video loads before it begins playback. For example, an online video must load a certain amount before you can watch it. To stop VLC from skipping while watching high-definition files, you may need to change the way VLC outputs video and increase the caching value in VLC's extended GUI (Graphical User Interface) preferences.

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    Open VLC Media Player. Click the "Media" tab at the top of the screen and select "Preferences."

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    Click the "All" button in the "Show Settings" field in the bottom-left corner of the "Preferences" window to display all of VLC's preferences.

  3. 3

    Scroll down the "Preferences" sidebar on the left side of the screen and select "Input/Codecs." Choose the "Access Modules" option to display your list of available input options.

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    Click "File" if you are having trouble playing a file on your computer, "HTTP(S)" if you're playing from an "http://www" website, or "SMB" if you're playing a file from a network share. You may also choose any of the other "Access Modules," depending on the type of input VLC skips during playback.

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    Try increasing the "Caching Value in MS" (milliseconds) to 1000 (1 second) or higher, depending on how much you want VLC to load before playback begins. The default is 0.6 seconds (600 milliseconds) (see Warnings). Click "Save" to save your preference.

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    Open your video to test your playback. If playback is still skipping, reopen VLC's "Preferences" window, click the "Video" tab and select "Output Modules." Click the "Video Output Module" drop-down box and select "DirectX 3D Video Output." (This is the default for VLC but may have been changed accidentally.) You may also try one of the other output modules in the list, testing playback each time you switch your output module.

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    Reopen VLC's "Preferences" if Internet playback is still skipping. Click "Input/Codecs" on the left side of the screen. Press "Other Codecs" to open the "FFmpeg Audio/Video Decoder" menu. Click the "Skip the Loop Filter for H.264" drop-down box and select "All" (see Warnings). Press "Save" to save your changes.

Tips and warnings

  • Try different output module settings to see what works best with the file you are playing. If playback still doesn't work, you should download and reinstall the latest version of VLC Media Player to ensure that you have the most up-to-date codecs and modules available.
  • Adjusting your caching value to be higher will increase the time it takes to begin playback, because VLC has to load more information.
  • Note that the "Skip the Loop Filter for H.264" option will speed up high-definition playback, but you may lose video quality.

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