How to improve video display in VLC

by Kelvin

You may think that the color is a bit inactive YouTube the video Or you might have an incorrect view, like yours, and think that each video is blurred, as if your screen was covered in petroleum jelly. VLC is here to help.

There are countless guides that explain how you can change your video to improve its appearance, but all of this ultimately requires recompression or transcoding of your files. This is a procedure that can take anywhere from five minutes to five hours, depending on its content and the capabilities of your PC. Why waste so much time, energy, PC resources, and electricity if all you want is to watch a video, but it gets better with better contrast and perhaps clearer detail?


Read on to see how you can apply VLC filters and effects in real time, when the video plays, for that purpose.

Effects and filters

Although it can be used as an editing tool, VLC is a media player in the first place. Therefore, the effects and filters work mainly in real time.

This means that you don't need to pre-process the video, but you can activate and modify it when you play it on your screen to adjust it to your liking.

To access the effects and filters, when playing the video (or paused), right-click and select "Tools -> Effects and Filters", or press Ctrl + E on your keyboard.

Tone and saturation

Some videos may look faded, others as splashes of color in motion. In both cases, the Hue and Saturation sliders are your friends. You can find it, because each option that we will check here is in the "Video Effects -> Essential" panel.

Video Vlc updated color and saturation

After activating "image adjustment", you can change various colors with the Hue slider. This is rarely necessary, compared to the Saturation slider that regulates color richness in video streaming. All the way to the left, and your video will turn black and white, while on the opposite side, it will make the video look like an old VHS cassette.

Brightness, contrast and gamma

Can you see some gray blocks dancing in the jet black area of ‚Äč‚Äčthe video, or do the lights and bright white surfaces look dull gray? You have brightness and contrast problems.

Video VLC Enhanced gamma contrast brightness

Adjust the two sliders until everything looks correct. A quick "trick" is to reduce the Brightness to the darkest point of the dark frame as black as it can appear on the screen, then increase the Contrast so that the brightest parts (such as light or shiny metallic surfaces) look the opposite, as bright like your screen.

If its black and white look good, but somehow each frame feels faded or, conversely, each shape is pronounced like a cartoon, changing the Gamma value.

Focus film and grain

For people with perfect eyesight, the results of the following adjustments will look terrible. However, if each video is too blurry for you, activating the Sharpness effect and increasing its Sigma value can make you feel like you are wearing new glasses, increasing the details better.

Don't overdo it, or your video will become a late Picasso. Stay to the left of the first sign.

Updated Vlc Video Sharpens Article

Grain film emulates the annoying sound seen on an analog video signal. The reason you want to activate it is because the pixels you add in the flattest area of ‚Äč‚Äča frame help our accustomed motion-sensing eyes feel in more detail.

This may be an illusion, but give it a try in a low setting and you may find a surprising update.

Case by case

That simple adjustment will help you update every video you watch on VLC, or at least adjust its appearance to your liking. We are all different, so what seems too colorful for one person may seem gray for another.

This is not just a matter of personal preference, because each video is a different case. As an extreme example, color anime videos generally require a different set of adjustments compared to the old Hitchcock thriller.

It is unfortunate that, as far as we know, VLC does not offer the option to make profile adjustments and any changes you make will apply to active videos (if you click "Close" after adjusting) or to all playing VLCs from now on (if you choose "Save").

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