How to Fix VLC Crashing and Repair Corrupted Videos
VLC keeps crashing/freezing on Windows 10/11, Mac, and Android.
When playing MKV, 4K, and other video file formats, VLC can crash on macOS, Windows, Android, and other platforms. Common VLC crash issues include:
- VLC pauses video playback after a specific point.
- VLC unexpectedly quits while playing video on Mac and Windows.
- VLC Media Player frequently stops/shuts down midway.
- On Windows 10/11, VLC does not reply or open.
- VLC Media Player freezes during video playback.
- The device’s screen abruptly goes black.
VLC may crash for a variety of reasons, the most common of which are damaged or deleted player registry files, an outdated version, or incorrect VLC settings. Learn how to avoid VLC Media Player from crashing/freezing on Windows, Mac, Android, and other platforms by reading the guide.
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Troubleshoot VLC Crashes on Windows 10/11/Mac/Android, etc.
1. Install the most recent version of VLC.
Open the VLC media player on your device, go to Help > Check for Updates, download the latest version if it’s available, then install it according to the instructions that appear. Relaunch the VLC player on your device and play a test video.
- Turn off VLC hardware acceleration.
Launch the VLC media player. To stop hardware-accelerated decoding, navigate to Tools > Preferences > Input/Codecs, then click the drop-down icon and select Disable. Return to the VLC main interface and play a video to see if the VLC crashing issue has been repaired.
Remove and reinstall VLC Media Player
Problems with VLC crashing might be caused by faulty VLC installer files or application issues. Uninstall the current version of VLC, restart your device, and then reinstall it on your PC. The steps differ depending on the platform. However, even inexperienced users can do this.
Turn off the Pre-load MKV files in the same directory.
When playing MKV files, VLC occasionally crashes. Disable the possibility to pre-load MKV files in VLC Media Player. To do so, launch VLC, navigate to Tools > Preferences > Shows Settings > All > Input/Codecs > Demuxers > Matroska > Codecs Settings, uncheck Pre-load MKV files in the same directory, and save the changes.
Increase the number of FFmpeg Decoding Threads to two.
Select Tools > Preferences > All > Show Settings > Input/Codecs > Video Codecs > FFmpeg, under Decoding, locate the Threads entry, set the value of Threads to 2, and then click the save button to save the settings. Restart the VLC player and play a video to see if it resolves the VLC crashing issue.
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- Turn on DirectX Video Acceleration (DVXA) 2.0
Start the VLC media player and select Run as Administrator. Change the Hardware-accelerated decoding to DirectX Video Acceleration under Tools > Preferences > Input/Codecs category > Codecs (DvXA) 2.0. Restart the VLC media player. VLC should now play video without crashing.
Other Possible Solutions to the VLC Crashing Issue
Increase the File caching (ms) setting to 1000 or greater.
For H.264 decoding, set the Skip the loop filter to All.
Under the Video Output option, select OpenGL video output. All of this can be done through the Preferences menu.
On your device, force close VLC Media Player.