How to Fix VLC from “Stuttering” After Pausing

Has VLC started to ‘stutter’ during playback? Perhaps it only happens with a certain file type or when you’ve resumed playing a file after pausing it? Here’s how to fix that problem!

This particular issue has happened to me on both my Mac and Windows computers. The solution is maddeningly simple – update to a newer version.

To do that, just visit the appropriate link (below) and find the very latest version for your operating system (Windows or macOS).

Mac: https://nightlies.videolan.org/build/macosx-intel/ – look for vlc-3.x.x-xxxxxxxx-xxxx.dmg (replacing all those x’s with the latest version number). At the time of this writing, the latest ‘stable’ version of VLC for macOS is the 3.0.x release – so that’s a good place to start.

Windows: (64bit) – https://nightlies.videolan.org/build/win64/ – look for vlc-3.x.x-xxxxxxxx-xxxx-win64.msi (replacing all those x’s with the latest version number). At the time of this writing, the latest ‘stable’ version of VLC for Windows is the 3.0.x release – so that’s a good place to start.

If you need help figuring out which version of VLC you’re currently using –

Mac: With VLC open, select VLC from your Men Bar and then About VLC media player… The version number will be displayed clearly on this screen.

Windows: With VLC open, select Help from the main VLC menu, and then About. From here the version number will be clearly visible.

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