Change Audio Sync With VLC Media Player

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You download a movie and the audio is out of sync with what you see. That is something you can easily fix with VLC.

If you need to adjust your audio because you hear things before you see them press Ctrl L. You need to do this while playing so you can see how much you need to adjust it. It slows it at 50ms at a time.

To speed it up press Ctrl K which will increase at 50ms a time.

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Written by Matthew A. Darragh

January 19, 2008 at 9:44 am

Posted in software, tips

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  1. Thanks, had VLC for at least 10 years and never knew this.


    February 21, 2008 at 12:01 am

  2. Yes it is true. But it is still more simpler to use in Mplayer isn’t it?


    August 12, 2008 at 11:39 pm

  3. srnivas go fuck yourself vlc pwns your family


    September 4, 2008 at 1:48 pm

  4. yip VLC is the best


    September 14, 2008 at 9:29 pm

  5. This is not correct, least with the version I have. (9.4)

    Tools/Preferences/Hot Keys gives a full list of short cuts. The defaults to advance and slow audio relative to video are j and k respectively. Works well btw.

    Jacinto Cupboard

    October 11, 2008 at 9:22 am

  6. Yea, this was written several months ago. I probably should update it since a lot of people find this page. :P


    October 24, 2008 at 1:59 pm

  7. lol.. i found his page.. and K and L work for me.. google is the shiznit.


    November 29, 2008 at 1:41 am

    • VLC player is nothing but garbage i tried doing this but no matter how much i went either way i could not get the audio to sync with the video…this does not work and whoever says it does is lying


      January 31, 2011 at 12:08 pm

      • or your dumb as a particularly stupid post (no pun intended) and anyone who says it’s not true is lying. Took me about 20 seconds with j and k the fix the audio sync, really it did.

        Ivana Humpalot

        March 5, 2011 at 4:51 pm

  8. And G and H work for me. I suppose in the future, others will just have to start pushing buttons to find the one that works for them.


    December 22, 2008 at 8:46 pm

  9. you just have to go into preferences >> hotkeys and check which keys your player is set to


    February 6, 2009 at 8:58 pm

  10. Very kewl…. Thanks for the tip

    VLC is the best~!!!


    April 11, 2009 at 7:31 pm

  11. VLC SUX! i am running version 9.9 and audio sync is a joke!
    the hot keys dont work and trying manually just fucks it up

    anybody who says vlc is worth anything should go shoot themselves and just pick up and learn adobe aftereffects which will fix any video problems correctly.

    Gimp ass program

    May 6, 2009 at 4:44 am

    • VLC works great, I had a problem with the audio sync and it took me some time but i fixed it perfectly, i just had to learn how to do it, you can set your hot keys to whatever you want, if you fucked it up you were obviously doing it wrong. you have every right to have your own preference concerning media players, but please spare the rest of us your useless negativity because it doesn’t help anyone, maybe YOU should go shoot YOURSELF and stop insulting other peoples opinions and preferences just because you don’t know how to do it right


      September 18, 2009 at 4:28 am

      • VLC sucks without doubt.I respect that its an open source but that does not cover the fact that it has half the functions not working.Here is an eg to satisfy your useless brain:I got the latest download to learn that the desync does not work,so i got the lower version where it was “supposed” to work.-But- even this version has issues,infact it did not install.Then i got to a even lower version which has the desync but does not work as expected.Here is the long answer to a small brained fucker like you.If someone gives wisdom,take it.

        J.B's real Dad

        December 21, 2009 at 12:30 am

      • @ “J.B’s real dad” you are an ignorant piece of shit, why are you even commenting on this page? it it a help page not a complaints department you stupid fucking moron. and where do you get the nerve to insult other people’s intelligence when you apparently are the only one who can’t figure out how to use it. mine works perfectly once i figured it out, you are just too stupid to do it obviously. and what so called wisdom are you referring to? the only thing you’ve enlightened anyone about is what an ignorant moron you are lol. pathetic.


        January 8, 2010 at 5:29 am

  12. vlc works.. but the new version u need to press J and K .. well that worked for me


    June 3, 2009 at 6:30 am

  13. For somw reason I nedd to use the Tab Key instead of Ctrl and it works just fine

    David Leyland

    June 3, 2009 at 3:43 pm

  14. hmmm…. use ALT & F4 together to automatically sync the audio and video no matter which is delayed from the other.

    The one post above mentioned the preferences menu settings though, so this hotkey discussion is really superfluous.

    hotkey whiz

    July 22, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    • alt.+ F4 closes active window, doesn’t it ?
      o yep it does !


      June 5, 2011 at 7:14 am

  15. BTW, VLC is the best!!!

    hotkey whiz

    July 22, 2009 at 11:43 pm

  16. VLC work better then Mpcstar,power dvd/window media player even k-lite in sync audio


    August 11, 2009 at 2:58 am

  17. How do i sync the lyrics of a song when it is being played. i want to view the lyrics while the song is being played…I have the 1.0.1 version of VLC player.


    August 22, 2009 at 12:29 am

  18. desyncing the adio works for me, but i cant figure out how to save it with the newly synced audio once i have done it. Any help? I’m using v. 1.0.5


    March 27, 2010 at 9:33 pm

  19. wow im so excited, this really works on my mac. f and g on mine


    May 9, 2010 at 1:48 am

  20. desyncing the adio works for me, but i cant figure out how to save it with the newly synced audio once i have done it. Any help? I’m using v. 1.0.5


    May 12, 2010 at 7:18 am

  21. This helped me immensely. Practical and to the point. Cheers.


    September 11, 2010 at 9:46 pm

  22. I don’t know how it’s called in English but you can also go to ‘Extra’ and click on the second option. It will open a menu where you can sync your audio/video tracks.


    December 26, 2010 at 6:35 pm

  23. Stan, its called a PLUGIN. BTW, does anyone know what plugin he was talking about?


    January 5, 2011 at 10:02 pm

  24. Ok, I just went to the ~ thing on the top right hand of the player and a drop down showed me the rest. It wasn’t too difficult.


    January 25, 2011 at 4:06 pm

  25. So the audio syncing works fine but I’ve noticed that if I try to seek forward or backward in the video after making any chages to the audio sync the audio cuts out completely and I have to restart vlc. Any ideas?


    June 23, 2011 at 11:14 am

  26. This just fixed half of my digital movie collection!!! Thank you!! I’ve used VLC for about 3 years now and I knew there was a way to fix it… But I never knew how to do it lol Again, Thank You :)

  27. i understand how to sync with and without the hotkeys. my question is… is there anyway to save the file as is, after synchronizing?

    Steven Eric Easterday

    July 13, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    • Exactly the problem Steven Eric Easterday! Do I have to sync the video each time? Can’t I save a synced version?

      New Reader

      August 15, 2011 at 1:42 pm

  28. how can i change audio otput of vlc in hindi


    July 20, 2011 at 6:48 am

  29. Is all this arguing because you’re running VLC on Windows, shitty shitty Windows!


    September 9, 2011 at 9:20 am

  30. John and J.B’s real dad, I can hardly comprehend how dimwhitted you appear. You put down poeple for OPINIONS? You should put people down for getting FACTS WRONG, NOT opinions! Opinions are just a person’s thoughts on something. So attacking thoughts? Like they are morally incorrect? A society that claims itself as so “advanced’ is clearly missing something in logic, morality and common sesne.

    Sheesh, it appears our society today can’t even respect opinions anymore…like my math teacher once said, “The Duh chromosome. The more advanced sociecy gets, the less people have it.”

    noname the alien

    January 1, 2012 at 12:17 am

  31. I checked hotkey preferences and it was f and g to offset. Thanks for the tip!

    Matt Cameron

    January 30, 2012 at 7:00 am

    • Any answers to the question above regarding saving the synced version? I was able to fix it, but not sure how to save it before burning to a DVD. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!


      February 1, 2012 at 7:18 pm

  32. Wow! Just found this. Great info thanks! and to think I was just getting used to watching movies with the audio out of sync…


    March 13, 2012 at 11:54 pm

  33. Pressing the ‘J’ or ‘K’ keys alone is all you have to do for changing the audio synchronization. Some people just don’t know how to give a straight answer without being assholes. If you don’t want to help others, then just shut the fuck up! Geeeeez


    March 18, 2012 at 12:26 am

    • Its not always J and K, or K and L for everyone.
      Depends on their version. Mine is F and G.
      So best to check the audio delay settings in the hotkeys tab in VLC preferences.


      June 16, 2012 at 8:24 am

    • whatever buddy…it helps…u MO*******


      July 15, 2012 at 12:29 am

      • I know. I don’t see why such dopamine deficient people think they can help others by leaving comments that are rue and hurtful. No need to be rude, but sometimes the neurologically depleted pleasure centers of the brain render one rude, in a delusion that whatever they know EVERYONE also HAS to know too, without realizing not everyone knows what they know (or don’t know, in many cases…).

        Adi, your response is good, you’re not back talking and you’re not rude. Just stating the basic facts. It’s not the same for everyone.

        Thanks though! Worked for me!

        noname the alien

        July 15, 2012 at 12:40 pm

  34. Thanks a lot!!


    July 15, 2012 at 12:28 am

  35. I need to know when u fix the sync in VLC how r u able to burn the newly audio with the video pls ty!!


    August 13, 2012 at 6:06 pm

  36. none of these work for me. I delay the audio or advance it and it makes no change to what I am watching/hearing. All it does is change a number at the bottom of the screen with no change to the actual file that I can see/hear

    Missy Fitch

    October 28, 2012 at 10:01 am

  37. Most of us understand the one key or another will get the audio in sync with video… however, not one poster answered the real question: after synching them how do you save the fucking file so it can be burned.

    Knows Jack

    February 1, 2013 at 1:01 am

    • Did you ever get the answer if so please tell. Im wondering the same shit.


      August 23, 2013 at 1:58 am

  38. i need this answer too like now..comon guys ^


    July 13, 2013 at 11:23 pm

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