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 sound before the actual time or you hear spoken words only after the lips move. This means that the audio is not in sync. 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.
  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 your 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.

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5 thoughts on “Syncing Audio in VLC Media Player

  1. 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?

  2. 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. 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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