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How to Fix ‘VLC Audio Delay’ Issue: 4 Solutions

Fix VLC Audio Delay Issue: Does your VLC player sound not match the video? This is always going to be annoying, and in the worst case, it can even make you miss the whole point of the video. There’s nothing worse than a movie or show where everything is just a little bit off.

There might be a glitch in the video, and the sound might not match the video for a few seconds. Most of the time, though, the problem will last much longer and you’ll have to do something to fix it. There might even be a bug in which the audio and video never load at the same time. This is very frustrating, especially if you can’t find a way to fix it.

VLC is a popular media player that works on a lot of different devices, but there are some bugs and problems that can happen. This sync problem is one of them, and Mac users have it more often. A lot of people want to find a way out.

How to Fix ‘VLC Audio Delay’ Issue

Change VLC Audio desynchronization compensation

  1. Start up VLC Media Player.
  2. Click “Tools” and then “Preferences” or press “Ctrl-P.”
  3. Go to the Audio tab and click All in the Show Settings.
  4. Go to Audio desynchronization compensation and set the value to positive if the audio is out of sync with the video. Set the value to negative if the audio is ahead of the video.

Change Audio Track Synchronization

  1. Start up VLC Media Player.
  2. Click Tools, then Effects and Filters.
  3. Go to the tab called “Synchronization.”
  4. Under Audio/Video, change the Audio Track Synchronization setting.
  5. Click OK to finish.

Verify the synchronization

  1. Play the same video or audio file again to confirm if the audio and video are now properly synchronized.
  2. If the synchronization is not yet satisfactory, repeat steps 2 to 5 and fine-tune the delay further.

Save the settings

  1. Frequently encounter audio delay issues in VLC.
  2. Save the changes as the default setting.
  3. Go to the Tools menu.
  4. Select Preferences (or Settings).Navigate to the Audio or Synchronization section.
  5. Look for an option to save the current synchronization setting as the default for future playback.


How do I fix audio delay on VLC Mac?

Mac users can press ‘G’ to push the audio back (slow it down) or ‘F’ to bring it forward. This is a quick way to move the audio around. The player is simply tweaking the delay by 50 milliseconds every time. You can usually make VLC sync audio in this way, at least to the point where you don’t notice any delay.

Why is audio video out of sync after conversion?

The most common cause of “Lip-Sync” issues (audio/video being out of sync) or incomplete videos after conversion, is your computer’s CPU/RAM and how much it is tasked during the conversion.

Why does VLC audio delay?

In the menu bar, clickTools > Effect and Filters. Click on Synchronization tab. Under Audio/ Video, enter Track Synchronization Value. A positive value will delay the audio while a negative entry will hasten the audio in the video.

George Southwell
George Southwell
George Southwell is a writer for Bollyinside who has a passion for classic cinema, architecture, entertaining friends through the art of the kitchen, and guiding others in the purchase of consumer technology items that meet their specific needs. You could find him in a figure drawing class, a movie theatre, or just standing in the middle of a sidewalk and staring at a building when he's not writing.
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