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I also use VLC on the latest Buster and RPi4. I remember getting some screen blinking when I used a crappy HDMI cable which I have since replaced. One easy test you can do is changing the screen resolution to a lower one, e.g. 1280x720. You can do this e.g. by editing /boot/config.txt, running raspi-config (those two require a reboot), by going to ...


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Sometimes, Screen flickering is attributed due to low power supply. Please check at the top right of your screen you will see a yellow thunder icon if that is the case.


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I found that using: setterm -blank force; cvlc -f /path/to/videos/ solves the problem when running cvlc from the console.


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


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