Find out Video Resolution and Frame Rate using VLC

Sometimes, for a video file, you might need to view its video resolution and its frame rate. Video resolution is the dimension: width x height of a video file. The video resolution information allows you to confirm the quality of the video that you are watching. Frame rate tells us the number of frames per second the video is. Higher frame rates means smoother video quality.

To find out video resolution and frame rate of a video file, you can simply view its properties in modern Windows or any other OS. In Windows 7, the information is found out from the Properties > Details (tab) of a video. Video information like frame width and frame height is present there.

It should also be noted that this same information is viewable easily using VLC Media Player. You can quickly find out the resolution (frame width x frame height) and frames per second of any video that you are currently playing in VLC.

To find out video resolution using VLC Media Player:

  1. Make sure that you are using the default VLC Media Player skin. You shouldn’t be on the skinned mode of VLC.
  2. Make sure that your video is open in VLC Media Player.
  3. From the VLC menu, click on Tools > Codec Information [ Shortcut: CTRL + J ].
  4. VLC will come up with something like this:

You can normally see our video and audio stream information. Under video stream information which is “Stream 0” above, you can see your video file information. The video resolution in the above example is 1920×1080 (width x height) which makes it a 1080p video. Similarly, frame rate is 23.976024 which can be used to say that the video is 24 frames per second. Other information like video codec, audio information (sample rate, language and codec) can also be found out.

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20 thoughts to “Find out Video Resolution and Frame Rate using VLC”

  1. I am trying to determine FPS for a video in VLC with my Macpro. There is no toolbar on the VCL as shown in the tutorial. How do I turn on the toolbar? thanks

  2. Well, it can indeed get “simpler than that”, as you put it. On many other players, the resolution is clearly listed at the lower bottom of the toolbar, by default. Why, oh frakking why….does VLC not have an option for that???

    If I’m wrong, then shame on me. But I looked, and looked, and looked, for over an hour. I went to every single section of the Preferences, repeatedly. There’s a lot there, but I went over it many times. If such an option exists, than I must be blind.

  3. if am using a MS life cam and ELP USB cam and captured some of the videos then how could i check the fps for those videos…?

  4. If I have VLC for Android installed on a Android TV. How do I check and see the file I am playing via VLC is 1080P? or 4k? or 720P? and soon

    1. Well in Android VLC player, on the screen where it lists all the videos, we can long press or hit the options menu besides every video and then tap on information to get the resolution and frame rate displayed along with a bunch of other information.

  5. Is there any way to see the frames on the time clock as the video plays? Sometimes its handy to know exactly which frame you are on and to be able to step through the video frame by frame.

    1. The only frame information that I can find is Tools > Media information and switching to the Statistics tag. It displays the frames decoded, displayed and lost. If you play the video serially from the beginning you can add up frames displayed + lost to get the frame number.

  6. “Higher frame rates means higher video quality.” Not exactly true. Higher frame rates means a more smooth video footage but also better for slow-motion. I have seen 240fps video footage with bad/low compression (low bit-rate). You can have a high frame rates video footage with low bit-rate which will end up in a choppy video footage. You get higher video quality only when you save the video in higher bit-rate, not high frame rates. its like when you save a file in Photoshop (you go from low to maximum).

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