How To Fix Scrambled Video Playback in VLC Player?

Manisha Rawat | Updated On - 28 Dec 2020 |

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VLC media player is considered as the most trusted and reliable media player app across different platforms. It is so popular that after getting an overwhelming response for its desktop version in different operating systems, it is now available in mobile devices too.

Why is VLC Media Player So Popular?

VLC is a famous media player app and it has its valid reasons for being so. Let’s know more about it:

  • Provides the best video playback quality
  • Available on many platforms including mobile phones
  • Can play videos with minor corruption easily
  • Works as a screen recorder
  • Can fix minor to moderate corruption in video files
  • User can stream live feed with it
  • Can play online videos
  • Flexible codes
  • Comes with plethora of advanced setting and customization options

All of the above-mentioned qualities and much more make this app the favourite choice of the users. Even after being this perfect, it’s just an app and it can always behave abnormally in some situations. Recently, many users have complained about the scrambled video playback issue in VLC. Are you also a victim of scrambled video playback, and it is ruining your precious moments? Well, this can happen to anyone, but there are solutions. In this blog, we will try such approaches which will help us fix the issue.

Easy Tricks to Fix Scrambled Video Playback in VLC Media Player

Here we are going to mention a few such tricks and hacks which will help you fix the scrambled video:

  • Is your VLC’s “Accelerated video output (Overlay)” enabled?
  • If yes, then you need to disable it right away! It is the very first measure you should take if you are experiencing scrambled video in VLC. Enabled Accelerated video output (Overlay) can interfere with some video formats leading to scrambled video playback. So, to disable this feature in VLC, follow the below-mentioned steps:

    1. Launch VLC in your system and click on the Tools option in the toolbar.
    2. From the Tool’s menu, select Preferences option. This will open a Simple Preferences window on your screen.
    3. There, select the Video category to proceed with.
    4. Now, in the Display category, look for the Accelerated video output (Overlay) option and uncheck the box next to it.
    5. Finally, click on Save to finalize the changes.

    Once performed, the problematic video should function properly.

  • Change VLC’s Network Caching Rate
  • Another VLC settings that can fix the scrambled video is changing its network caching rate. To do that follow the steps:

    1. In VLC, go to the Tools option and select Preferences from the menu.
    2. In the Simple Preferences window, go to the Interface Settings and in the Show settings category, check the box next to All option.
    3. On checking the All option, an Advanced Preferences window will be displayed on your screen.
    4. In that new window, locate Input/Codecs and click on it.
    5. In the right panel a list of Input/Codecs settings will be visible.
    6. There, look for the Advanced category, and trace the Network Caching (ms) option.
    7. There you will see the value drop-down box in front of the Network Caching (ms) option. Increase the value of the caching.

    Doing this should resolve your issue. Try to follow each steps as it is mentioned, and try to play the video again.

  • Try to transfer video file to your system’s internal drive
  • Well, you may think that what difference does it make to play a video file from an external drive or an internal drive? Yes, there are chances that the video is behaving like this because it is being played directly from the external drive. Not in every case, but it can be one of the reasons. Playing video in such a fashion can make your drive go into sleep mode and hence it interferes with functioning of VLC media player. So, it is suggested that you copy and paste the video file on your local drive properly and completely. Once done. Try to play the video again.

  • Are your VLC codecs updated?
  • If every method mentioned above fails to give you the desired results, then there are chances that there is some codec issue. To verify it, try to play the video on any other media player (make sure that player supports your video format). If the video plays on any other media player successfully, then there is some issue with your VLC.
    These issues can be:

    1. Inappropriate codec
    2. Outdated codec
    3. Corrupt codec

    So, try to have the appropriate codec or update the codec and try to play the video again. An odd but very possible chance is that the video is corrupt itself. So, in that case, we would recommend you using a professional third party video repair tool. Keep Reading!

Kernel Video Repair

Use Kernel Video Repair Tool to fix minor to severe corruption issues in a video file. Trust me, you will be amazed by the results this tool provides. This video repair utility can fix almost all the varieties of video formats used widely. This tool consists of amazing features and advanced technology that makes it stand out. It has the option to save the repaired video at your desired location, be it internal or external storage device. It has no file size or duration limitation. Save up to 30 seconds of video free with its trial version. Let’s know how to use this tool:

  1. Launch the tool on your system and click on the Add icon on the home screen of the tool.
  2. Kernel Video Repair Tool

  3. Add the corrupt video file from its location on your system, and click on Open after the right selection.
  4. Add the corrupt video file

    Note: You can add single or multiple video files as per your requirement.

  5. In this step, add the reference file and click on Repair Files.
  6. add the reference file

  7. Provide a destination to your file on your system or an external device.
  8. Provide a destination to your file

  9. Wait for the repair process to finish.
  10. Wait for the repair process

    Note: Click on Stop anytime to discard the process

  11. Once the process is over and successful, click on Close to proceed. You can also save a CSV report by clicking on the Save report to CSV option.
  12. click on Close to proceed

    Now, you can look for the repaired file on your system or the external drive. It should be working properly.


In this blog, we discussed the fixes for the scrambled video issues experienced by VLC users. As VLC is quite a popular media player among users and a lot of users had the same query, we tried to include every possible measure to fix this issue. We suggested the best and reliable measures, as any random method may lead to video not playing issue. But, in case of a corrupt video file, we recommend using Kernel Video Repair to get the best results without taking much time. Hope you got some ideas and help from this blog!