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I've got a problem with vlc playing some file formats, for example mkv or m2ts (I didn't notice this problem with avi though). The sound plays ok, than dissappears for a second or two, than re-appears. It occurs around once every 10 seconds. This is really annoying and prevents me from using VLC for those files, which, by the way, play completely ok in Media Player.

Here's what I already tried to do about it:

  1. Change VLC sound output method
  2. Re-install k-lite codec pack
  3. Re-install/upgrade VLC

My configuration is:

  1. Soundcard: Asus Xonar Essence
  2. Operating system: Windows 7
  3. Codecs: K-Lite

What else could I try to fix this issue?

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What do you mean with "Change VLC sound output method"? Have you changed the output modules? – Christian Woerz Sep 29 '13 at 16:37
@Chris yes. I've tried several, and the problem persists in all of them – Arsen Zahray Sep 29 '13 at 16:40
How are you playing the files? locally? from a media server? m2ts are bluray so the files can be HUGE, maybe your computer/network can not handle the thru-put. The same with the mkv files, which can be small or bluray quality (>20GB). Every 10 secs.... sounds like its trying to catch up and can not. – Logman Sep 29 '13 at 16:43
I'm playing the files from a local wd caviar black hard drive, although it is being used at the moment of playback by other software. However, the issue is reproduceable with VLC with me, and doesn't occur with Media Player – Arsen Zahray Sep 29 '13 at 16:50
open up Resource Monitor (RUN > Resmon.exe) and watch the hdd/cpu/mem... pretty sure your hd can not keep up...esp if the hd is getting hit by other applications at the same time – Logman Sep 29 '13 at 16:57

in VLC... Tools – Preferences - Select Input & Codecs option ... Look for "Skip the loop filter for H.264 decoding " or “Skip H.264 in-loop deblocking filter” and select ALL from the drop down list.

Save the preference and play the video.

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doesn't work, the problem persists. Also tried GPU acceleration on and off ( – Arsen Zahray Sep 29 '13 at 17:09
on the other hand, I got the gaps to be shorter by changing default caching policy to "lowest latency". Got them to be really long when I changed to "highest latency" – Arsen Zahray Sep 29 '13 at 17:16
This worked to clear my "sound stops minutes into video, resumes later" problem that I started seeing after upgrading to 14.04 LTS. – Andrew Beals Aug 26 '14 at 19:53
Tools-Prefs-Audio-Modules-WaveOut worked for me. – karmington Dec 22 '14 at 16:28
i also have now one problem with stuttering. This solution didnt helped me. Heres my problem & example files… – Kangarooo Feb 24 '15 at 20:35

Open VLC Tools->Preferences->Audio->Output->Output Module

Select a different output module, then Save

Repeat until the problem goes away.

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