VLC HowTo/Adjust subtitle delay

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This page describes how to adjust subtitle delay. Other "how to" pages


During playback you can press g or h to adjust subtitle delay (adjust step is 50 ms).

OS X v2.2.1 keys: "h" (decrease delay, subtitles display after sound) and "j" (increase delay, subtitles display before sound).

If subtitle is ahead of sound, press g

If subtitle is behind sound, press h

Extended Settings

You can also set a specific delay. Go to Tools > Track Synchronization and set the delay you want.

TrackSynchronisation Subtitle.png

Advance Synchronisation

When subtitles are late compared to the audio, and only in this case, you can use the advance synchronisation functionality of VLC :

  • Step 1 : Detect (“hear and see”) that subtitles are out of sync
  • Step 2 : Press Shift H when you hear a sentence that you will be able to easily recognize
  • Step 3 : Press Shift J when you read the same sentence in the subtitle
  • Step 4 : Press Shift K to correct the sync
This page is part of the informal VLC Support Guide.
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