While I am playing a video it is running smoothly in normal window. But when I am in fullscreen mode the video is not playing anymore. There are two things happening:

  1. The video is stopped
  2. There is no video at all

But in both cases the sound is ok... What is the problem?

  • Which model Pi ? Are you using the latest Raspbian Buster fully updated? What video file are you playing?
    – CoderMike
    Commented Sep 21, 2019 at 5:52
  • I am using Pi4 . And yes I am using Buster with recommanded softwares ROM. Commented Sep 21, 2019 at 11:11
  • Please edit your question and add the important additional information you have been asked to the question. You should also tag it.
    – Ingo
    Commented Sep 21, 2019 at 19:16

5 Answers 5


Tools->Preferences->Video: Output:=X11 videooutput XBC helped for me.

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    Where are tools? You should explain your solution a bit more.
    – Ingo
    Commented Oct 3, 2020 at 7:43
  • Also, adding screen shots would improve your answer. Commented Oct 4, 2020 at 13:58
  • You can find Tools in the menu in the upper row in VLC, or press Alt+S. To reach Preferences you can directly press Ctrl+P. (Englich GUI assumed.)
    – robertoti
    Commented Oct 5, 2020 at 8:15

I've switched the HDMI output port on my Raspberry Pi 4 B and it was solved.

Credit to this reddit comment - https://www.reddit.com/r/raspberry_pi/comments/g1vre1/need_help_rpi_4b_vlc_fullscreen/

  • This worked on my rPi 400 too ... but why?
    – Kingsley
    Commented Apr 11, 2021 at 20:43

The problem was with the codec. I chamged it to HDPAU and everything was okay.

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    If this solved your problem, @Sohan Arafat, please 'accept' this answer by clicking the checkmark on the left side.
    – Botspot
    Commented Sep 21, 2019 at 14:46

I had this problem and it turned out that setting the GPU memory via raspi-config was the solution. I had it at the default of 64, I set it to 256 and it worked fine.


Add the command line option:-

--mmal-display hdmi-2

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