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Fix VLC Player deinterlacing not working

January 27th, 2023 Ubuntu Screenshot of Big Buck Bunny playing in VLC Player

I’m using VLC player since ages. First on Windows, which I have not been using since 2009. Since then I’ve been running Ubuntu. For some reason I did not see that deinterlacing was nog working correctly.

When watching videos with VLC player, they played interlaced, and I noticed a few days back that they were. So, I tried MPlayer and saw that the videos were playing deinterlaced.

What I tried

I’ve tried a few things to solve the issue:

  • Reinstall VLC Player with apt

  • Reinstall VLC Player with snap

  • Changed the deinterlace settings in VLC Player

Nothing solved the issue of videos not playing deinterlaced.

The solution

After DDG-ing (that’s DuckDuckGo-ing) with various search keywords, I kind of gave up, and switched to MPlayer. But since I don’t like to give up, I started looking at different settings in VLC Player and came across the Hardware-accelerated decoding in Tools -> Preferences -> Input/Codecs. After I disabled that, I restarted VLC Player, and the issue was gone.

VLC Player settings to disable hardware accelerated decoding.
VLC Player settings to disable hardware accelerated decoding

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