Is there any standard way in VLC to show FPS ?


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If by FPS you mean the frame rate at which a video is played, you can access that information while playing by clicking on Tools >>> Codec information. In the video stream there should be a row with that information. (I'm basing myself on a Windows 2.0.2 version but it should also be valid for any other GUI).

If on the other hand you're looking for a overlaid FPS display I believe VLC doesn't do that, as mentioned before, but there should be some third party solutions.

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    Ctrl+J is the keyboard shortcut
    – Sun
    Dec 24, 2014 at 19:28
  • There is no frame rate row for .webm files :(
    – aviator
    Aug 28, 2020 at 15:59

If you want to see the fps counter because you suspect the VLC is dropping frames, you can see the lost/dropped video frames and audio blocks in statistic tab. You can also see the input bitrate graph, content bitrate, demuxed data size and more.

Go to:

  1. Tools
  2. Media Information (ctrl-j for shortcut)
  3. Statistics

You can also use MPV to see statistics of the playing video with I keyboard short-cut. Because MPV has less GUI you probably will get better fps and CPU usage.

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