VLC Simple Video Settings

The most important or frequently used video setting options have been summarized in a separate view of the settings dialog. The video settings are divide into the following four subgroups:

  • display
  • DirectX
  • Video
  • Video snapshots

Display Settings

This subgroup contains the following six setting options for displaying the video:

  • Fullscreen

    If this option is activated, videos are output in full-screen mode immediately upon start-up.

  • Accelerated video output (overlay)

    Under “ Overlay video output” For the playback of videos, the VLC tries to use the hardware acceleration of the graphics card by default. However, especially if the driver for the graphics card is not updated, this can lead to display problems (jerky images or other image disturbances). In such cases, this option should be deactivated.

  • Use hardware conversion from YUV to RGB

    If this option is activated, VLC tries to use hardware acceleration when converting YUV (color model for analog television) to RGB (color model for digital display devices).
    According to the tooltip, this option has no effect when accelerated video output is used.

  • Always in the foreground

    By default, the activated window is also in the foreground, i.e. it is not completely or partially covered by any other window. If you activate this option, however, the window with the video output is always in the foreground. Even if the window with the VLC interface or any other program window is activated, the VLC video window remains in the foreground.

  • Window decorations

    The frame, header, setting buttons as well as window icons and labels are called window decorations and are output as standard for each window. This can be prevented by activating this option.

  • Output

    By default, VLC tries to use the best method for outputting a video. In the vast majority of cases. Therefore, no change is required here. However, if there are problems with playback in individual cases, it may also be due to the wrong choice of VLC. In such cases, one can check the other relevant output methods. Which methods are offered in the selection list also depends on the respective system or the system configuration? For output on a monitor or a similar device, the output methods such as “video memory output”, “statistics video output” or “color ASCII art video output” are definitely not relevant.

DirectX Settings

The only option in this subgroup is the display device. The “device” (monitor, projector, etc.) is used to display the video. The available devices are displayed in a selection list. Since, at least under Windows, this can already be specified via the system settings, there is seldom the need to change anything to the default setting Standard.

Video Settings

The following three setting options are available in this subgroup. The first two belong together thematically:

  • Deinterlacing

    For this option, there are three setting options On, Automatic, and Off
    “On” and “Off” are self-explanatory and with “Automatic” VLC decides whether deinterlacing should be used.

  • Mode

    With this option, a mode can be selected from a selection list that VLC should use for deinterlacing. By default, the mode is matching used. You should only change something about this if you know exactly what effects a change will have.

  • Force aspect ratio

    This option allows you to force a certain aspect ratio, for example, 16: 9, for the playback of the videos. For example, you can use this to force playback of DVDs in 4: 3 format or those without format information in 16: 9 format. The image is not cropped but rather compressed or stretched.
    Note for Mac users:
    This option is missing in the Mac version. It can be found there under the name “Aspect Ratio” under the advanced setting options in the “Video” group.

Video Snapshots Settings

A video snapshot is a single frame (image) of a running video that can be “shot” at any time. Simply click the video snapshot button in the advanced controls or by pressing the Shift + S shortcut.
The following four options offer the possibility of setting certain preferences for video snapshots:

  • Directory

    This option allows you to set the location where snapshot files are to be saved.

  • Prefix

    Using this option, you can specify the first part of the name for snapshot files, which is the same for all snapshots.

  • Sequential numbering

    If you activate this option, VLC uses consecutive numbering for the second part of the name for snapshot files. Otherwise, this part of the name consists of a time specification that corresponds to the point in time at which the snapshot was taken.

  • Format

    This last option can be used to determine whether snapshots should be recorded in PNG or JPG format.

For example, if you were to enter “SS_” for the prefix, not activate sequential numbering and choose the “jpg” format, a snapshot taken on 03/18/2013 at 3:31:28 PM would receive the following name:


The hour, minutes and seconds, the latter with two decimal places, are specified for the time.

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