How to Increase VLC Volume up to 800%
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\VLC, Shift + Right Click and then select
Open command window here
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
1024 can be replaced with higher levels if the video is damn quiet.
To stream the YouTube video, select
Open Network Stream, and paste the URL.
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.
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
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.
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.
This post was first published on March 28, 2014.