Update: If this doesn’t work for you then read this post.
For a long time, VLC has been one of the well regarded media players with its ability to play almost any audio and video format without having to install special codec packs. It’s relatively small size in terms of disk space consumption and memory footprint comparison to other media players was also a bonus.
However, VLC has not been immune to bugs, problems and annoyances.
One lingering annoyance for a wide range of people is that of choppy audio when playing back video. This may vary from:
- a period of unaffected video followed by a short gap of silence (repeated every five to ten seconds)
- intermittent “glitching” in the audio stream (perhaps caused by other graphical objects moving or being created on screen like notification popups).
I found the first problem most pronounced in the latest version of VLC which is 2.0.0 while versions around 1.1.5 onwards suffered from the second form of audio artifacts. Both negatively impact upon a proper audio and video experience.
So how did I fix this problem?
I uninstalled VLC completely then downloaded and installed VLC 1.1.11 for Windows and so far it has done the job of eliminating nearly all of the glitches and has certainly addressed the problem of gaps of silence completely. Your mileage may vary but rolling back to an older version such as 1.1.11 may do the trick for you too.
Bear in mind though, using older versions of software may open you up to security vulnerabilities (of which VLC is known to be a target) so make sure you trust the files you about to play in VLC to avoid running into problems.