Sunday, July 13, 2014

MKV in VLC-How to Fix VLC Player stutter and lag when playing HD MKV files

Summary: This tutorial walks you through, how to stop VLC Media Player from stuttering or jumping when you are playing HD MKV files.

I have heard that the VLC Player is one of the best open source media players out there, ESPECIALLY for HD Video files, but ever since I upgraded to Mavericks 10.9.2, I've been having trouble playing .mkv files in VLC with .ass subtitles. The videos don't load for a while, and then VLC freezes and I have to force quit. What I eagerly want to know is the best solution to playing MKV in VLC successfully?

After reading several threads, I found that many users have met the VLC MKV playback issues: VLC stuttering when playing 1080p mkv; the audio(of MKV files) won't work at all; when open VLC, it just loads .mkv forever…

Well, no worry. I’ve collected 3 possible solutions to view 1080p/720p MKV with VLC flawlessly without any trouble via looking through the relevant forum.

Solution 1: Change Parameters

If the MKV file that is skipping is playing from a local hard drive, choose the "All" settings at the bottom of the dialog to show all of the options, then navigate to Input / Codecs -> Access modules -> File.

The caching value here is set in milliseconds, so setting the value to 1000 will buffer for 1 second (the default is 600, or 0.6 seconds). The problem with setting this option too large is that if you want to manually skip to a new point in the file, there will be a larger lag while the content is buffered again.

Solution 2: Disable hardware decoding

Some users resolve choppy VLC Playback on mkv files by disabling hardware decoding. Normally you would want hardware acceleration of the decoding process, but in some cases, it can conflict with your drivers, and it is worth a try.

Solution 3: Convert MKV to VLC most friendly format

Since MKV can't be supported well by VLC media player, an ultimate solution is to convert MKV to VLC most friendly format. Brorsoft Video Converter is the utility for you. With it, you can fast convert MKV to AVI that can be easily played in VLC. Besides, this video convert app can allow you to convert any other popular video and audio format like MP4, MOV, AVI, WMV, FLV, 3GP, VOB, AC3, MP3... with ultra-fast speed and zero quality loss. If you are Mac users, please turn to the equivalent Mac version named Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac to transcode .mkv files to VLC on Mac OS X (Mavericks included).

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Once you download and install the video converter program, follow the steps below:

1. Click the "Add Files" or "Add From Folder" button to load MKV videos for converting.

2. Click Format bar to select a proper format like AVI from Common Video profile.

3.Click the big Arrow button to start video conversion. After the conversion done, you can get the output videos played in VLC easily with HD quality.

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