How to Increase VLC Volume up to 800%

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Before you wonder why you might want to increase the volume up to 800%, let us presume for a moment that you don’t have that awesome 7.1 gaming rig. A few good movies and YouTube videos are probably on the web with faint audio tracks and it is impossible to listen to them if your headphones are too far from your seat. And thus, the 800% volume boost would help you in those cases.

How to boost the VLC volume beyond 200%

It is by default that VLC lets you scroll up to 200/400% of the volume in a media. But still for a hell lot of YouTube videos, such volume wouldn’t be audible enough. So for such quiet videos, the VLC volume can be increased up to 800% by using the command prompt.

Step 1: Open a command window inside the VideoLan directory. Navigate to the VideoLan directory C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLCShift + Right Click and then select Open command window here

Or,

Open command prompt and cd C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC

Step 2: Now if you want to stream a YouTube video with a high volume, you should open the VLC player with such high volume before you stream.

Now in your command window type in vlc.exe --volume 1024

VLC Volume Command Line Settings

1024 can be replaced with higher levels if the video is damn quiet.

To stream the YouTube video, select Media, select Open Network Stream, and paste the URL.

Geekswipe VLC Volume Network Stream

Step 3: If you would like to play a movie file, you could follow the same method in the step 2 and finally open the local media file.

Workaround for new versions

For newer versions of VLC ( VLC 3.0.6 at the time of this edit) the above mentioned steps won’t work. But you still can amplify the volume upto 300% by changing the value of the displayed volume in the Qt interface settings.

To change the volume setting, press Ctrl + P and then select all in the bottom left corner, as indicated in the screenshot. Then expand the Interface tree and further expand Main interfaces. Now select Qt and change the default value of Maximum Volume displayed from 125 to 200 or 300.

VLC Player Volume Settings Screenshot

Increase the volume via the dynamic compressor

If you are not upto the command line hacks, you can use the built in dynamic range compressor to amplify the silent parts and compressing the louder parts. For some really quite videos, you might have to play with the compression ratio and the audio gain until you are comfortable with the sound. They dynamic compressor can be accessed from the menu bar, following Tools > Effects and Filters > Audio Effects > Compressor.

VLC Volume Dynamic Range Compression Screenshot

The compressor is most helpful in cases of TV shows and movies where you have subtle dialogues but loud explosions and sounds.

If you have tried all the above settings and your media file is still quite, guess now will be the time to turn on your speakers.

Note: Please be careful on opening a media file with too much noise, as it can damage your speakers and even blow them due to distortion at such high volume. And it is VLC! So please do care to reduce the volume levels before you close the player or you end up opening the next session at the same volume.

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This post was first published on March 28, 2014.

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46 Responses

  1. Super

  2. An easy solution for Windows is to create a .bat file. Using a text editor such as Notepad++ open a new window and type:
    vlc.exe --volume 1024 then save the file in the C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC directory as something like Run_VLC.bat. Right click on the file and click Send To > Desktop (create shortcut).

    Now when you have a video or audio file with low volume you can double click on the Desktop shortcut to open VLC and use Media > Open File to load the file with a louder volume. You can substitute 2048 for 1024 for even higher volume (2048 worked great for me)!

  3. VLC has a dynamic compressor? What? I have been using it for years and I am realizing this only now!

  4. Avatar Edward Kamfoloma

    Hmmn you’re the man, big up for it worked perfectly, am impressed I thought The maximum volume is only 125 But hmmn, Thanks Alot, would like to know more about these things,please send me a reply through my email…

  5. Avatar Johan Smit

    At 300 it is a little louder, I can now almost hear it

  6. I did increase my vlc maximum volume display but he highest volume I can reach is still 130

  7. Thanks It worked!

  8. Thank you

  9. Excellent. Thank you so much for the solution./O.

  10. thanks so much my headphones cut out and i couldnt hear the tv show. Thanks

  11. Avatar Aishwarya Mohan

    Thanks a lot Karthikeyan! It worked :)

  12. it worked. thankyou

  13. Thank you very much. It worked. I am able to increase volume from 125% up to 300%

  14. On 2.2.8 Weatherwax. It works. Thank you.

  15. Avatar Desmond J

    It is working. Thanks. Others who are confused, note that the volume can be increased above the 200%. The problem is that volume bar wont show any more than 200%.

  16. Thank you, it worked. in new version it was 125 default…changed it to 200

  17. not working . it shows 200% but i cant slide it past 100%

  18. superb. your idea is working well. now i am able to hear low volumed videos in high volume. thanks.

  19. Avatar Sunnie ! 森。

    Thanks! This worked when i kept pressing the up button. ^.^

  20. Avatar Ivan Ivanov

    that worked but. Now who can tell me how can i tweak it so that i could do it with ctrl+up arrow. i can increase the volume with ctrl+up arrow up to 200% and above with the mouse only.

  21. Avatar Ankit Kumar

    IT’S REALLY HELPFUL :D

  22. Avatar The TechReader

    Worked for me on the latest version of VLC! I had to close VLC and reopen it after changing the setting to 300. Now I can hear the soft audio by boosting to 300!!!

  23. Good one. But for most of the youtube videos, turning on the loudness enhancement or fill speakers feature in the sound setting will make it loud enough to hear.

  24. This no longer worked for me with the latest version of VLC. Instead, you have to do this.

    (1) Locate your VLC config file (this link should guide you to it: http://www.videolan.org/support/faq.html#Config )
    (2) Make certain that VLC is closed (when it closes it overwrites this file), and then change the option “qt-max-volume=125” to “qt-max-volume=300” (or replace 300 with whatever other value you desire)

  25. Thank you so much. It works!

  26. ver 2.1.5 volume increase upto 125% for YouTube streaming

  27. not working for me still 200%

    • Though the volume bar shows only 200%, the volume change (if you have followed the above steps correctly) will be reflected immediately. To update it in the VLC interface, you might need to restart the player.

      • For me the volume is increased but as soon as I change the volume it changes to 200% and I can’t increase it beyond that anymore.

  28. Awesome hack dude. Thanks.

  29. it worked . I wanted it increase volume to watch a moive. However the sound was sort of blasting

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