VLC is a wonderful player. It can almost play all kind of videos that I have. It’s lightweight and best of all… it’s free! I don’t know what else to ask.
Except this… for several months I have noticed that when I played a high definition movie, it kind of getting chobby. It seemed that I have a line in the video. It made my eyes sick and I almost always try to avoid a HD movie (and hoping the problem will be fixed with the next version of VLC or Mac OS).
Today I got my Snow Leopard and VLC has left its beta status but I still get the horizontal line when I watch an HD movie. This is an example of it.
I thought… this is it. Either I manage to fix the problem in VLC or I have to find a new video player.
It turned out finding a better video player was a harder task.
So I began searching the web for a fix of that problem. It’s not that hard to find a solution, but to get the correct keywords is the harder puzzle. So in VLC forum, people suggested to use the filtering capability in VLC. At least there are three suggestions.
- To turn on the scale filter and use a better algorithm for it.
- To turn on the post processing filter and maximize the number of the post processing.
- To turn on the deinterlace filter.
I tried all of them to get the best solution, and after a while, I got a conclusion that turning on the deinterlace filter is the best answer. This was the result of it:
As you can see, the horizontal line is gone, but the picture is still not that sharp.
Not so satisfied with the result, I searched further for better solution. This time I got a better answer quicker. By using an algorithm named ‘Bob’ for deinterlacing, I got a better result as can be seen in the following picture.
Now I’m glad!
Step by step instructions
If you are a type of person who needs a complete step-by-step instructions, this is what I did:
- Open VLC
- Select Preferences from the Menu ‘VLC’
- Activate the ‘All’ check box in the left bottom of the dialog
- Go to Video->Filters, activate the checkbox ‘Deinterlacing video filter’
- Go to Video->Filters->Deinterlace
- Change the deinterlace mode to ‘Bob’
- Click save
- Restart the VLC
- Play the video, hopefully you will get a better video playback
Do you have more tips how to optimize the settings in VLC? Please share here! I’d be glad to have a better and sharper image for my video.