I'm using Windows 8 and sometimes when I'm watching .avi file, the video turns completely grey. Then if I'm lucky, it goes back to normal a couple seconds later. I know it isn't the video's fault because the problem never occurs at the same place.

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How can I fix this problem?

FYI, I'm using the most up-to-date version of VLC media player.

  • It might be a graphics problem. Have you updated your graphics board's drivers? Does the problem exist in other media players? Oct 19 '13 at 22:33
  • My GPU is up to date and the problem only occurs when playing .avi files in VLC. It works perfectly well in Window Media Player Oct 19 '13 at 22:39
  • Have you tried downgrading VLC (or resetting your preferences, after a backup, of course)? Oct 19 '13 at 22:41
  • No i haven't but, i never touched anything in preferences anyway. I did try downgrading VLC but the problem was still there. Oct 19 '13 at 22:48
  • Can you post the link to your VLC bug post? Can you add more information about your current computer? Oct 19 '13 at 22:51

Try playing with the file caching setting.

Tools > Preferences > Show Settings: All (bottom left) > Input/Codecs > Advanced section > File Caching

I changed it from 300ms to 1000ms and it fixed the problem. I suspect the grey screen issue happens whenever VLC fails to get the video data from the drive fast enough (slow drive/other programs accessing it).

  • 1000ms may be the default now (vlc-core-1:3.0.12-1.fc33.x86_64 installed from the Fedora repo).
    – user598527
    Feb 23 '21 at 11:21

I had this problem. It seemed like VLC was using too much CPU. Solved it by installing the 64bit version of VLC. vlc-2.2.1-win64.exe


I found out that playing a video in VLC that is being accessed by another program, uTorrent in my case, would cause multiple grey screens throughout the playback.

I either closed the program (uTorrent) that was accessing the video or stopped it from using it. I restarted the video and no more grey screens appeared.

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