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VLC Video Repair: How to Fix Corrupted Videos with VLC

Cedric Updated on Jul 22, 2021|   min read

The VLC Media Player is a free, open-source, multi-platform media player that supports all file formats regardless of the codec they require. It began as a basic media player, but as time passed, developers added more features.  Also, VLC has many advanced features, such as playing videos while they are being downloaded. 

The program is user-friendly and, in addition, has a lot of tools for fixing broken videos. Follow this article to fix damaged video with VLC video repair tool. 

How to Use VLC Repair Video Tool to Fix Corrupted Video Files

You can convert the video file into another format with VLC Media Player so you can try to recover it.

The steps below will guide you through the process of recovering your corrupted video file.

Step 1. Open VLC and click the "Media" tab. Click the "Convert/Save" button.

vlc media convert

Step 2. Adding videos to your transcoding list can be done by clicking the Add option. 

vlc convert add

Step 3. In the Convert box, enter the file name and location.

open video files

Step 4. Select "Convert/Save". In the new window that appears, click the Profiles tab to choose an input codec.

select profile

Step 5. Then click the "Start" button. After that, VLC Media Player will do all the rest.

start to convert

How to Fix Broken Videos Using EaseUS RepairVideo 

EaseUS RepairVideo is a professional tool for repairing unplayable, broken, or corrupted videos for free. Running online, you can repair your videos without downloading anything.

It is even better than VLC Media Player because while the VLC conversion not always works, EaseUS RepairVideo is a specialized software that runs on any compatible browser.

Repairing unreadable videos with EaseUS is very easy to do. Just select the damaged video file and click on the Repair button. The broken video file will be fixed by the software after that. The tool can be run online by any operating system. It is completely free and no downloads are required.

All mainstream video formats are supported by EaseUS RepairVideo, such as MP4, MOV, MKV, FLV, AVI, 3GP, M4V, WMV, FLV, SWF, MPG, 3G2, RM/RMVB, NPEG, etc.

The cause of your video corruption, whether it is a file that got damaged during editing, conversion, or corruption after recovery, is covered by EaseUS RepairVideo.

With this tool, you can get video from a variety of sources, including external hard drives, damaged hard drives, USB flash drives, SD cards, cameras, dashboard cameras, CCTVs, pocket cameras, and much more.

Step 1. Open EaseUS RepairVideo and Upload Problematic Video

Open EaseUS RepairVideo page: https://repair.easeus.com/, click "Update Video", or drag and drop a corrupted, broken, or not playing video to the right area to upload to EaseUS RepairVideo page.

Upload video

Step 2. Enter a Valid Email Address and Start Repairing Video

Enter a valid email address and click "Start Repairing" to upload and repair the malfunctioning video.

enter email address

Step 3. Wait for the Automatic Uploading and Repairing Process to Finish

EaseUS RepairVideo will automatically upload and repair the corrupted or broken video for you. You can leave the repairing page opened and continue doing other stuff.

  Uploading and repairing video

Step 4. Enter Extraction Code and Download Repaired Video

When the repairing process completes, you can preview the video at the right pane. Also, you'll receive an email with a video extraction code.

Go and find the code, reopen the EaseUS RepairVideo page. Then click "Download Video" and enter the extraction code, click "OK" to start downloading the repaired video.

Enter extraction code, download the repaired video

Bonus Tip: Fix VLC Player Not Showing Video

If the VLC not showing videos, take the methods below to troubleshoot.

Method 1: Enable the in-Built VLC Recovery Codec

So, you launched the VLC Media Player but the video file is not playing. Instead of your favorite movie, it is showing a blank screen, with nothing to watch.

You may experience such issues with your videos, even if they aren’t corrupted. In these cases, you still can use VLC Media Player for solving your problem.

Often, the video is not playing properly because the index is damaged. The VLC Media Player also has a built-in codec that recovers broken indexes from video files, making them work again. 

If you are playing a video file with an index problem, VLC Media Player will attempt to diagnose it automatically. The video file itself will not be changed, as well as any other corruption issues. If you need to fix only the video file index, then the tool provides a temporary fix.

If it's your only issue, then this built-in codec will fix the video file index and make the video play like it never had a problem.

You can repair your video file's broken index by following the steps below.

Step 1. Open VLC Media Player first. You will notice the Tool option on the toolbar, click it. Select Preferences from the drop-down menu.

vlc tools preferences

Step 2. Click on Input/Codecs. The Damaged or Incomplete AVI file option will appear when you scroll down. When you click the options on the right side, you will see all the available choices. Click on Always Fix.

vlc tools preferences fix

Step 3. Once you've done that, just click Save. While playing any video, VLC Media Player will check any damaged AVI files for you.

vlc save preferences

Method 2: Enable the Video Auto Scaling

It's not new to you that videos can vary in size and aspect ratio. When scaling the video to incompatible ratios, we can get black screens on VLC. 

If you want to repair a video under these circumstances, you can go to the Video tab of VLC's Preference panel. In order to fix video scaling problems, check out the "Video Auto Scaling" option. In case of doubt, just follow the steps below.

Step 1. Click on "Tools", then "Preferences". 

Step 2. Now, you need to click "All", on the tab Show Settings. It will show the advanced options of the VLC Media Player.

vlc show all settings

Step 3. Check out the option Video Auto Scaling for fixing issues with aspect ratio. 

vlc click auto scaling

Method 3: Enable OpenGL 

There are a variety of output schemes available in VLC Media Player, which is a great feature. It is usually recommended to use DirectX or Direct3D, though OpenGL can also be used sometimes. 

Using Preferences > Video > Output you can change your setup for video output. Try switching from one preferred option to another and see if VLC could fix the video.

Step 1. Go to "Tools", then click on "Preferences" from the drop-down menu.

Step 2. On the panel Preferences, click on "Video". Then, select the option "OpenGL video output" from the Output alternatives.

vlc preferences opengl

Method 4: Change the File Caching Value

To fix videos in VLC, you can also make adjustments to other settings. 

You can customize the settings for the codec by going to the Input/Codec section under Preferences > Advanced Preferences. By changing the value of the "File Caching" feature, you can change how the media player caches video files. 

Step 1. Click "Tools", then "Preferences".

Step 2. On the "Show Settings" tab, click "All". A list of VLC's advanced options will appear.

vlc show all settings

Step 3. Click on "Input/Codec", then test new values of file caching for fixing your video with black-screen.

vlc file caching


This guide shows in-depth tips and tricks for repairing problems in video files with VLC Media Player. You can convert the format of the video to another type since it often repairs the corrupted file. Also, you can change advanced settings on VLC for fixing black screen errors.

In the case it doesn't work, just try EaseUS RepairVideo for free. It is a professional tool developed exactly for recovering videos, and it runs directly from your browser.

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author Cedric


Cedric Grantham is one of the senior editors of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. He mainly writes articles about data recovery tutorials on PC and Mac and how-to tips for partition management. He always keeps an eye on new releases and likes various electronic products.

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