How to Fix Washed out Colors issue in VLC Player

VLC player is certainly one of the best media player for Windows OS, with a streamlined user interface, variety of features and support for majority of multimedia file formats without requiring additional codec packs. But one major issue most users encounter with VLC is that, it doesn’t renders the colors properly while playing videos and colours appear to be washed out or lighter in VLC when compared to Windows Media Player. Perhaps, if you’re ignoring VLC because of this strange issue then below are some fixes that can help you easily get rid of this problem that still persists in latest version of VLC.

Fix 1 (For Nvidia users) – Reportedly, this issue is caused on Windows PC using Nvidia graphics card. Try this fix only if you’ve a NVIDIA card.

1. Go to NVIDIA Control Panel (Right-click on Desktop).

2. Select ‘Adjust video color settings’, choose ‘With the Nvidia settings’. In Advanced, change the color range from limited (16-235) to full dynamic range (0-255).

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3. Click Apply and restart VLC.

~ Nvidia users can rather apply fix 2 or fix 3 if they prefer to only change and improve VLC’s video output.

Fix 2 – If you’re using the default standard video controller, then try the below fix:

1. Open VLC, go to Tools > Preferences > Video.

2. Select the Output video method as ‘OpenGL video output’.

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3. Save and restart VLC. You should notice a significant difference in picture quality.

Fix 3 – If the above fix #2 doesn’t works for default video card, then try this one:

1. Open VLC, go to Tools > Preferences > Video.

2. Uncheck the option ‘Use hardware YUV->RGB conversions’.

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3. Save and restart VLC.

Note: If any of the above listed methods doesn’t fix the VLC issue, then try installing the latest graphics drivers and also make sure you’re running the latest version of VLC.

Now enjoy WMP like vivid video quality on your VLC player. 🙂


Mayur Agarwal is the founder and editor-in-chief of WebTrickz. As a Technology enthusiast and an Internet addict, he loves sharing useful How To’s and Tips & Tricks. Follow him @mayurjango on Twitter.

7 Responses

  1. Helios says:

    Thank you!

  2. Rajesh says:

    Hi, great post , it saves my time expecially screenshots are awesome it gives prior navigation’s to make it simple, thanks sir

  3. scra says:

    I am happy to get to the page that can memrikan me a lesson, for that I thank for his big, greetings. Keep sharing.

  4. Jess says:

    AWESOME! Thank you so much! This has bugged me for ages, such a simple fix 🙂

  5. m says:

    solution (for me) I\’ve tried a lot of things that didn\’t work. Then I did some changes to vlc settings that was aweful and instead of changing it back I hit the \”reset to default settings\” or whatever the name is on the button. But it workes. No more weird colors.

  6. Oscar says:

    Thanks. Was a simple fix. Excellent

  7. Erik says:

    Huh, a problem I didn\’t even know I had until now, lol.

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