Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

When I move the VLC player window, I can see the video but when I stop moving it, then it gets back to black.

This happens not only in VLC but with my webcam too, when I use camorama webcam.

share|improve this question

6 Answers 6

Option 1 below worked for me!

I found this solution at:

http://forums.opensuse.org/english/get-technical-help-here/multimedia/455508-vlc-shows-black-screen-when-playing-movie-files-solutions.html

Scroll down for the solutions:

12-Mar-2011, 05:56 #1 wisepenguin wisepenguin is offline Newcomer

Join Date Mar 2011 Posts 12

Default VLC shows black screen when playing movie files (solutions)

Hello,
With a default 11.4 (64bit) installation, and the one click installer for VLC at VideoLAN - VLC: Free streaming and multimedia solutions for all OS! - if you get a black screen when watching movie files there are 2 solutions.

1)
-> Go to Tools->Preferences->Video
-> Remove the tick for "Accelerated video output (Overlay)"
-> Try and play the movie again, you should now see output.

2)
Download proprietary drivers for your graphics card - I think theres a thread on the forum dedicated to that.
Example, NVIDIA 8600 using the default 11.4 open source drivers (nouveau?) shows a black screen when VLC uses "Accelerated video output".
However, installing the proprietary NVIDIA drivers, VLC will successfully show the movie using "Accelerated video output".

To clarify the default VLC installation with "Accelerated video output" ticked - works with proprietary NVIDIA drivers - and doesn't without.

Thanks

ps. Thanks to the team as my integrated ATI Radeon card using default 11.4 open source drivers works with VLC and "Accelerated video output" ticked. 
share|improve this answer

Switching off dpms is the Problem. Try in terminal xset -dpms so the energy saving mode of the screen is disabled.

Switching it on an off results in a flash xset +dpms and xset -dpms. Every time vlc changes video, it calls this function.

share|improve this answer

go to Tools → Preferences → Video and set the output to X11 video output and save it now close and open VLC, and open your video

share|improve this answer

Try checking your video drivers. Reinstall VLC, and your webcam application. But, it does sound like it's your video drivers, so look up some info on your drivers and try to update them.

share|improve this answer

This is my solution:

Black screen when playing a movie in VLC player in Kubuntu 12.04 - Ask Ubuntu Black screen when playing a movie in VLC player in Kubuntu 12.04

I have had to employ this solution twice in the last year, and it has worked both times.

share|improve this answer

Try disabling compiz/desktop effects.

share|improve this answer
    
Can you elaborate on how to disable compiz, this is not enough information to solve the problem. –  Mateo Aug 14 '12 at 16:44

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.