You can play video files, video clips and other video media using the VLC media player. You can resize, change aspect ratio, crop videos, load subtitles, deinterlace, save snapshots, and convert videos to DirectX wallpaper.

Video tracks of the .asf, .avi, .divx, .dv, .mxf, .ogg, .gm, .ps, .ts, .vob, and .wmv formats are supported.

Playing a Video Track

There are two main ways to open and play a video track:

  1. Select Media ‣ Open File.

  1. Select a video track and double-click it or click the Open button to play the file.


Full Screen

This option is useful if you want to watch the video in the full screen mode.

  1. Select Video ‣ Full Screen. The video will then occupy the entire screen.

  1. To return to the original mode, press Esc on the keyboard or right-click the mouse and select the Leave Full Screen option. The video will then return to its original mode.


When you switch to full screen, the controls may appear for a short period of time. To restore the controls after they disappear, move the mouse or press any key on the keyboard.


This option is useful if you want to capture a portion of the video as an image. To capture an image from the video, Click on Video ‣ Take Snapshot.

The image is captured in the .png picture format and is saved in the My Pictures folder by default (C:\Users\Username\Pictures).



You can enlarge videos in different sizes. This option is useful if you want to change the size of a video track which is being played. The supported sizes are 1:4 Quarter, 1:2 Half, 1:1 Original (default) and 2:1 Double. To view a video in a particular dimension, select a dimension in Video ‣ Zoom.


The track is then resized based on the selected zoom ratio.

Aspect Ratio

Aspect ratio refers to the width of a picture in relation to its height. For example, the ratio 4:3 means four units wide to three units high. VLC provides a list of aspect ratio values which are Default, 1:1, 4:3, 16:9, 16:10, 2.21:1, 2.35:1, 2.39:1 and 5:4.

To select an aspect ratio, select a value from Video ‣ Aspect Ratio menu. Then video is then adjusted based on the selected ratio.



This option is helpful if you want to capture a small portion of a video as an image. This also helps crop the black bars of the top and bottom of a video.

The cropping values that are supported are Default, 16:10, 16:9, 1.85:1, 2.21:1, 2.35:1, 2.39:1, 5:3, 4:3, 5:4, and 1:1.


To crop a video that is played, select a value from Video ‣ Crop menu. The video is then cropped based on the selected value.


Deinterlace refers to a process where interlaced video signals are converted into non-interlaced signals. VLC provides the Discard, Blend, Mean, Bob, Linear, X, Yadif and Yadif (2x) deinterlacement modes.


You can achieve deinterlace by following the steps below:

  1. Select Video ‣ Deinterlace menu and choose the appropriate setting.

  2. To change the deinterlacement mode select Video ‣ Deinterlace mode

  3. Select a mode and observe the change in the video being played.