How to Brighten the VLC Player

By Caroline Jackson

The VideoLAN Organization provides free media streaming and playback software called the VLC Media Player. With the VLC Media Player, you can play video and audio files such as AVIs and MP3s, run DVDs and audio CDs, take screen captures and play streaming media. If you have problems viewing your video files or DVDs because the screen is too dark, adjust the settings to brighten it up.

Step 1

Start the VLC Media Player. Click "Media" and select "Open File." Find your video file and click "Open" to load it.

Step 2

Click the "Show Extended Settings" button in the area beneath the playback screen. The button looks like an equalizer. You'll also find the "Play," "Stop," and "Toggle the Video in Fullscreen" buttons in this location. This opens the Adjustments and Effects dialog window.

Step 3

Click the "Video Effects" tab.

Step 4

Click the "Image Adjust" ticky box. It's in the Basic tab, which should load automatically when the Adjustments and Effects window opens. Once you click the "Image Adjust" box, the grayed out options beneath it will become active.

Step 5

Click the "Brightness" slider. Drag it to the right to increase the brightness of your video.

Step 6

Click "Close" when your video has the desired brightness.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have trouble finding the "Show Extended Settings" button, press "CTRL" and "E." This keyboard shortcut opens the Adjustments and Effects dialog window.
  • If your picture appears washed out after you brighten the video, try increasing the contrast. Slightly lowering the gamma may also help. Play with the video effects until your video has a clear and watchable picture.
  • To reset your video's brightness level, uncheck the "Image Adjust" box.