Selecting The Audio Output Within VLC 1


Selecting The Audio Output Within VLC


If you have setup a sweet home audio system you can play the audio through a set of speakers. Todays post is going to tell you how to set up VLC to play the audio through a HDMI or thunderbolt port, alternatively allow you to quickly switch the audio between your external speakers and the internal speakers. This allows you to play a music or video file on your Mac without it being played on your larger external speakers.

Changing VLC Output Source

VLC is a powerful program and as a result there are many features which you can change and alter. To change the audio track select Audio from the menu bar and select Audio Device. There are a variety of options depending on what types of output you have installed.

To change the audio device from your Mac to your external speakers, select the appropriate output. In my case this is HDMI.

Changing the audio output in VLC is a matter of selecting the right one.

Changing the audio output in VLC is a matter of selecting the right one.

This solves a little problem I have on my Mac. I plug in in the HDMI cable, through a thunderbolt adapter, then I try and play a file within VLC. It only comes out of my Mac’s internal speakers. The solution is to change the audio device.

If you still have problems ensure you have set up the audio correctly within Audio MIDI Setup. This ensures audio is played through you external speakers.

If you have found there are two HDMI options, usually and Encoded Output option, these are used to change how data is sent through HDMI. If you are having problems with surround sound change the output of HDMI. There may be problems with the way your Mac is talking to the HDMI receiver.


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