Whenever you have to play a particular video on the computer or laptop, your cursor always move to a VLC media player that is the popularity of this media player nowadays due to its various features. It provides outstanding video watching experience. Sometimes when you came across the particular shot or something during the video which is quite fast, then you can even go frame by frame in VLC.

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To get that specific shot user goes frame by frame through the available video and this feature is provided by the VLC media player that enables us to step ahead just by a small fraction in the video. But there is one fact regarding this is that the VLC does not support frame by frame stepping backward in the given video.

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Frame by Frame VLC

Why Go Frame by Frame?

  • Sometimes we need to see an object that disappears within a fraction of seconds.
  • To get a screenshot from the video.
  • For the specific video frame which can be used for making a GIF’S.

To go frame by frame VLC media, the player user can use two simple methods such as:

  1. Using Shortcut Key
  2. The Toolbar

Using Shortcut Key

This is one of the easy methods to navigate throughout the timeline to capture the appropriate shot or object. The user only has to press the E key on the keyboard but to use this sort of the method first of all the video must be either playing or pausing.If the video is playing, then it pressing the key E will stop it and helps in navigating frame by frame.

In other words, the user has to press the key E each time to move one frame at a time until it reaches the desired location and the user can take a screenshot with the “Shift + S.”
If this method does not work for you, then it might be a possibility that another keyboard character has assigned for this purpose.

To merely view it the user must go to the Tools tab followed by the Preferences or user can also use the shortcut key like “Ctrl + P” then go to the Hotkey tab and enter the frame in the search bar section to see the needed key. The user can even change the key as per their convenience.

Using the Toolbar

The VLC media player has the default structure which contains layout like the play/pause, stop, previous media, next media buttons on the interface but does not have any button for the frame by frame movement.


The user can bring that button on the interface, but firstly he/she must go to the View menu and hit the Advanced Controls to turn it on then only press the last button to access this feature of frame by frame. If there is a difficulty in finding the button, then the user can simply add it using the Tools>>Customize feature, and now there it is the button for the frame by frame movement.

This button looks like the two film strips like they are skipping and if you move the cursor over it shows the information about it and also after pressing it will take Frame by Frame VLC fix.

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Above listed are the methods to go frame by frame in VLC , if this article helps you please comment on it below.

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