Just upgraded from VLC 1.05 to VLC 2.03 (latest).
Problem: Videos (
.avi) get stuck on the first frame.
(These same videos used to play just fine in VLC 1.)
Note: a symptom of this problem is seeing debug messages picture is too late to be displayed. (To turn on debug messages in VLC, see the section at the bottom of this posting)
The problem appears to be a bug in the
The solution is to change the default demuxer to the
at very bottom of drop down list:
This should solve the problem.
Credit to Jean-Francois and Lotesdelere on the VideoLan forum. http://forum.videolan.org/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=98381&start=80 Unfortunately, their correct solution is buried at the bottom of 5 pages of responses that don't work... hopefully this archives the solution so that it is easier to find in future.
Turning on Debug Messages in VLC:
Then play the video.
If there are problems, you should see error descriptions in the Message panel.
In addition to AKE's solution of changing the default demuxer, I have an alternative resolution.
I had an m4v format video which also was also stuck on the first frame.
After playing the video with the "Avformat" demuxer, the audio was about 6 seconds behind the video.
Leaving the default demuxer alone, simply go to the menu: