Syncing Audio in VLC Media Player

Just like syncing subtitles, VLC media player is also great for fixing audio that is not synced. Sometimes, while playing video files, you hear the sound before the actual time or you hear spoken words only after the lips move. This means that the audio is not in sync and you will have to fix the audio delay. This removes the fun of watching a movie if it happens continuously.

Sometimes, the sound syncing is automatically fixed after a few moments. There are times it never gets fixed on its own. Sounds are generally off by only a few milliseconds but at times, they are even off by a few seconds or so. It can be irritating. This tutorial teaches you how you will be able to fix such sound syncing problems using VLC Media Player. The steps are easy and quick. Once you learn the shortcut keys, you will be fixing audio syncing errors like a pro.

To sync audio in VLC Media Player:

  1. Make sure that your video is playing and the audio syncing is incorrect.
  2. If your audio requires to be slowed down then hit the ‘K‘ hotkey from your keyboard. For the opposite of this hit the ‘J‘ hotkey on your keyboard. For Mac, the shortcut keys are ‘G‘ and ‘F‘. Confirmation is displayed on the top-right area of the player’s screen. It fades away quickly.
    Audio Delay in Seconds
  3. Pressing the hotkeys once will speed up or slow down the audio by 50 milliseconds. If you continue to press it, the number of milliseconds will continuously be incremented.
  4. Speed up or slow down the sound timing of the video until you reach the desired state. Make sure that the video is playing and listen to the sound carefully and match it with the video to do this.

The same audio synchronization results without using the hotkeys. It is done using the menu options.

  1. Go to Tools > Effect and Filters [CTRL + E]
  2. Click on the Synchronization tab
  3. Under Audio/Video enter a numerical value
  4. Press Close once done

Audio Video Delay Effects

Note: A positive value there like 5.000 s will delay the audio. A negative value like -10.000 s will hasten the audio.

In VLC for Android

For the complete details: Syncing Sound by Adjusting Audio Delay in VLC for Android

If you are a user of Android’s VLC player then, you will have to access the on-screen interface to fix the Audio delay. Here are the steps:

  • Tap on the screen when a video is open
  • Press on the second button from the interface controls
  • Tap on the Audio Delay
    Audio Delay VLC
  • The plus and minus button will help us to synchronize the audio

To save or unsave the audio delay for this particular video while watching it the next time, you’d have to go to tap on ☰ Menu > Settings. Then click on Video under Extra Settings. There check or uncheck the Save audio delay option. It works for individual videos.

Video Tutorial

29 thoughts to “Syncing Audio in VLC Media Player”

  1. Haha thanks a lot, I could watch the end of my film without having to go to the video store to reap it again !

  2. I am using vlc in my android device.I tried the audio delay option but it’s not working…the audio track remained same even after i pressed the – button….what can i do to fix this problem???

  3. I use an external HDD to watch some programmes on my TV. These are stored on my PC. I fixed some out of sync subtitles using the advice you offer and it works perfectly on the PC using VLC media player. However the changes are not saved and once it is transferred to the external HDD they are out of sync again. Can you please tell me how to save the changes permanently.

  4. So I tried the above recommendation PRIOR to starting a video and just from the vlc itself and when I opened that panel the setting was at the normal default 0.000. However I reset it to 0.000, which I figured was not going to do anything, but couldn’t hurt.
    When I opened the next video (I should just state, for the record, this problem is occurring with every single video I open, different ones, every time) it began with the sound advanced and I opened the normal track sync via the method I did previously (tools>track synchronization) and it was again set to -9.000. So the problem(s) remain the same.

  5. I recently corrected the sync in a video I was watching @ -9.000 (hastened).
    After I was done watching it I closed the VLC, then at a later time, opened it again to watch a different video and the track sync on THAT video was automatically set at -9.000 (hastened). I reset it to 0.000 and I used the circular arrow icon (in the upper right corner) to “force an update of this dialog’s values” but the the next time I watched a video AGAIN the track sync was set to -9.000(hastened) and every time I watch a video the track is set to the same hastened setting and I must reset it, which wouldn’t be so bad but it seems to create an issue to the normal functionality of advancing a video (it gets stuck when you try to advance the videos via the circular icon along the timeline, which IT DOES NOT prior to the resetting of the track sync settings). Has anyone else had this issue? How do I fix this?

    1. Try going to Tools > Effects and Filters > Synchronization and see if changing the value there under Audio track synchronization helps.

      You can also reset all the settings by going to Tools > Preferences and pressing on the Reset Preferences button [ALT + R].

  6. This functionality appears to be gone now. When I bring up those icons, the list is now vertical with names of each icon. And the audio delay is gone!! Why??

  7. I have downloaded CDs onto laptop on itunes – transferred to external SD Card in my phone Samsung S8. After adding music to the SD card and put it back in phone, all titels and albums are correct on SD card, but via VLC i can see many albums are DBL ur even triple and also individual songs. How can I correct this.

    1. Clear your media database from Menu > Advanced > Clear media database. Then start fresh by scanning your local storage again.

  8. My movie has un uniform audio no one knows when to delay and how much to delay after every 10-15 minutes…..plzzz help…

  9. Why VLC dont detect the unsync videos (with audio delay)? I have to use Windows Media Player to know if the audio is unsync to check first before play on TV. Any way to disable the autorrection on audio unsync?

  10. I have videos in various formats (mkv, mp4, avi, etc) where the audio sync is off when I play them in VLC on a Mac mini but the same videos play perfectly on an iMac. I can sync them using the audio tools in VLC but it appears to be a larger problem with either the mini itself or a VLC setting on the mini. The odd thing is, older videos that I copied to the mini weeks ago play fine – its only recent videos copied to the mini that experience the audio problem.

    Any ideas?

  11. I’m having a problem where once I record video from vlc the clip is out of sync but the video was perfectly fine.it worked fine it just started happening awhile back

  12. I have a file that has somehow had the video saved at the right speed, but the audio somehow plays too fast, so it starts with matching audio, but then the audio quickly leaves the video behind and the gap becomes greater until finally the audio ends and the video just plays on to the end. To complicate matters vlc is the only program i have that can even open the file. Is there any way of fixing this in vlc? Thanks, and also thanks for making such an amazing program!

    1. VLC won’t be able to do that with perfection. You will need an external editor to extract the audio and then, slow it down or speed it up to match the speed with the video.

      1. I thought this may be the case, but thanks nonetheless.
        Any recommendations on a (preferably free or low cost) candidate on an external (mac) editor?
        Thanks again!

        1. I have quicktime pro, and another quicktime player, mpeg streamclip, divx, nicepayer and even final cut pro, but still vlc is the only one that will open the video…

  13. I’m having an issue on my mac where every time I try syncing the audio for this one file in a series the audio stops all together. I tried it for other files as well and I’m noticing the same result so I’m sure its not the file. What could be the problem?

  14. When I play files with audio that is not synced, VLC autocorrects the problem and I don’t notice the problem. The issue I am facing happens when I stream video to my TV or phone which do not have the autocorrect feature VLC does. Is there a way to check what the correction time VLC is using to sync up the audio properly? I would then be able to open the file up in some video editing software and delay or advance the audio to the same time VLC did to permanently fix the problem.

    1. Hi Eric, I have same problem. Unsync Videos on VLC plays as synced, but in TV plays unsynced. The only way I have to detect that on Windows, is playing the video first on Windows Media Player, Windows Media dont apply a fix on unsync videos, so, thats the way I found before playing on TV.

  15. okay, i know how to sync, how do i save the synced file now?
    when i return to the video after i exited, it’s still out of sync as it was before and i have to do everything over again!

    1. Well, that is it with VLC Media Player. You can fix the sync while playing the video, but it does not save it for ever. VLC is more of a player than a video editor.

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