How To Fix VLC Lagging, Freezing and Slow Speed

September 2, 2016

VLC is the king among media players. It can virtually play all kinds of media formats anytime anywhere; irrespective of size, platforms, resolutions, etc. It’s flexibility and user-friendly features makes it a market leader.

However, there have been few performance issues related to it. This tutorial will help you out on addressing the VLC Media Player lagging issues. We recommend to use RegInOut System Utilities to speed up VLC Player.

Different approaches  to fix lagging issues:

Method 1: Upgrade to a latest version

As the caption shows, upgrading  to latest version of VLC media player will help you to solve any problem that exist in the player due to programming issues. It’s so simple and effective that you can do it in a fraction of second.

  1. Log on to
  2. Click on “Download VLC” button to start downloading the player. To download the player for another platform like Android, MAC or Linux; simply click on the down arrow and choose the relevant platform to get started.
  1. Save the file on your hard disc as shown in the following screenshot.
  1. To begin with, the installation, double click on the executable file. If you already have the VLC media player installed on your system, it will simply update the existing one.

Method 2: Use Hardware Accelerator

  1. Hardware accelerator allows VLC Player to transfer some of its load onto the Graphics card. This will improve the overall performance. Unfortunately, this method  might not work out for all systems, especially if the graphic card is old or outdated. 
  2. Click on the “Start” menu. 
  3. Search for “dxdiag”. Open it. 
  4. Switch to the “Display” tab. 
  5. Note down the currently active graphic cards name. 
  6. Search for its driver in Google 
  7. Download it. 
  8. Now, open VLC Media Player 
  9. Click on “Tools|Preferences” 
  10. Switch to “Input Codes” 
  11. Go to the “Hardware-accelerated decoding” drop down menu and select “Automatic”.If it’s not enabled, then switch to “DirectX”. But, it’s  better to keep the Automatic menu as it is. VLC player will automatically detect the best method. 
  12. Click on “Save” to save the changes.

Method 3: Reduce the video quality

If you have a lower end processor or experience the lag or stutter problem, then disable this setting altogether or lower its value.

  1. Open VLC media player.
  2. Press Ctrl + P to open the Simple Preferences window.
  3. Switch to Input / Codecs.
  1. Adjust  the Video quality post-processing level to a desired value.  You can set it to 0 to disable it altogether.
  1. Click on “Save”

Method 4: Increase The Caching Time

While broadcasting a media file over the Internet, increasing the Caching value can reduce the logs. Which means it is periodically accessed the medium where the media file is stored and then retrieve its data. Then it loads them onto the RAM, and passes on the retrieved data to the other side where it is being played.

  1. Launch VLC media player.
  2. Click on Media | Stream.
  1. Select the appropriate medium where the media file resides.

Example: If the media file is being retrived from the local hard drive, then you need to select File, if its in a disk, select Disc. If it is being played from any network, then select Network, and if it is being captured from a streaming session, select Capture Device.

  1. Locate Caching and increase its value accordingly.
About the author

Mohammad Asfandyar

Mohammad Asfandyar is a Computer Geek who has great love for Computer and Technology. Currently doing Bachelor’s in Science in Software Engineering from Im|Sciences Peshawar. He is passionate writer and Senior Editor at Diary Inc, He covers all the topics related to Computer and Technology. Beside from this he is an Enthusiastic Individual who has great love for Information and Tecnology. And is a Hardcore Gamer plus Sketcher

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