Friday, September 24, 2010

Vertical Lines When Watching Movies

This post is useful only if you have (or will have) problems watching some movies in your computer, but, it will not hurt to know some of the problems which you may face sooner or later and how to solve them. This post is about vertical lines (blue or green or pink colored) which come when viewing movies (or any videos) in your computer. The problem may also be horizontal lines, but I have never faced a horizontal lines issue.

This problem mainly occurs because you have installed a lot of players (VLC, Media Player Classic, BS Player, etc.) or installed a lot of video codecs. The root cause of the problem is some of the codecs you have installed has messed up with the video rendering of all your players. That said, if you are an expert in manipulating applications, you can go right ahead and go to the options (or preferences) and change the video output to a new value and try out.

If you need quick guide:

VLC:

Tools -> Preferences -> Video (and change the Output to : DirectX 3D Video Output). If this does not solve the issue or if it is not there, choose some other value and restart the VLC. This should fix that.

Media Player Classic:

View -> Options -> Playback -> Output (You will have a lot of options you can select. VMR-7 (Renderless) worked for me. You can try various things and select whichever suits you. Note that you will have to restart the player everytime you try a new output mode)

BS Player:

Press Ctrl+P (or right click on the player and choose Options -> Preferences) Select Video from the left side and select Video Rendering tab in the right. You can choose "Internal Renderer RGB mode". It worked for me. If it doesn't to you, try other values and don't forget the restart BS Player everytime you try a new value.

Good Luck and Happy watching movies!!

10 comments:

Jency said...

Good info! But never faced such problem though..Will try the steps if i encounter the same problem :)

amudhan said...

Thanks Jency... You may not hit this issue if you are not installing many players (VLC, BS Player, Media Player Classic, WinAmp, etc.). But the problem is every player has its own advantage and disadvantages... You will think VLC is the best and the only one you will ever need, but BS player has much better Bookmarking facility, Media Player Classic allows you to rip the audio out of the video, etc...

vijay said...

i remember solving horizontal lines issue on screen with Nvidia card!! That one was to do with the nvidia config file which is entirely different from what you explained here.
sometimes these kind of small problem solving stuffs are quite interesting. Like, once mozilla firefox browser of my machine refused to accept certificates of any of the sites. figuring out the reason was interesting, finally found that somehow my h/w clock was reset to a old value :)

Jonathan S. said...

Thanks so much for the tip! This totally worked for me. VMR-7 Renderless also solved my problems.

amudhan said...

Hi Jonathan,

I am very glad that it had helped you... I wished at least one person in the whole world should find this info useful... Thanks for taking time to leave a comment.

Regards,
Amudhan.

Anonymous said...

I know this post is kind of old, but I had this same problem (now in 2012) where the green streak would appear on both VLC Player and MPC, but not WMP or Realplayer. This post finally solved my problems. Thank you so much.

Anonymous said...

The vertical lines problem was happening for me to a LCD tv output, I read online this happens a lot on LCDs especially. It was only MPC doing it, VLC player didnt but that program is so much less configurable and user freindly compared to MPC which you can set how you want and it will remember it for next videos opened.
Anyway the VM7 Renderless also worked for me! I tried a few other options from various forums before and none of them worked except your post here! Thanks!

Subatheeban said...

Thanks a lot Bro...
It thought it was a Installation Problem...
Pretty Useful....
Two Thumbs Up...

Holmes said...

Thanks a lot for the tip!! Simple and Effective..

BTW setting DirectX(DirectDraw) 3D Video Output helped fixing the problem in VLC 2.1.2

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