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VLC Media Player Zoom — How to Do It? All Three Ways Explained

VLC Media Player is a tool that everybody likes to have on their computer. For some, it’s great to have software that able to play so many different types of media. For others, it’s the high preamp-modifying feature that helps you get extra loudness (200%) out of your speakers. It’s also nice how light it is on the OS and how simple it is to use.

Then comes the question of how to zoom in on a video in the VLC Media Player. Some are understandably stumped by it. If you want to zoom in on a video you’re watching, that’s quite simple. There are actually three ways to zoom in VLC Media Player. Let’s look at these ways one by one.

1. Zoom Video in VLC Using Interactive Zoom

1. Open VLC Media Player.

2. Load the video you want to zoom.

3. From the top menu, select “Tools” and then “Effects and Filters” (Ctrl + E).

4. In the “Adjustments and Effects” window, go to the “Video Effects” tab.

5. Click on the “Geometry” sub-tab.

6. Check the “Interactive Zoom” box.

7. Now you will see a small window on the top left of the video with a square. You can click and drag this square to zoom in on the video.

8. Once you’re done, go back and uncheck the “Interactive Zoom” box.

9. If you’re still confused, just watch this video on YouTube explaining how to Zoom into videos on VLC Media Player using “Interactive Zoom”:

VLC Media Player Zoom Using Dropdown Video Menu

1. Open VLC Media Player.

2. Load the video you want to zoom.

3. From the top menu, click on “Video”.

4. Hover over the “Zoom” option in the dropdown menu.

5. Select your desired zoom level: Quarter (1:4), Half (1:2), Original (1:1), Double (2:1).

Using Windows/macOS’s Default Magnifier

For Windows:

1. Press the Windows key and the “+” key together to open the Magnifier app.

2. To zoom in, press the Windows key and the “+” key. To zoom out, press the Windows key and the “-” key.

For macOS:

1. Go to System Preferences and then Accessibility.

2. Click on “Zoom” in the sidebar.

3. Check the boxes for “Use keyboard shortcuts to zoom” or “Use scroll gesture with modifier keys to zoom”.

4. Now, you can zoom in and out using the specified keyboard shortcuts or scroll gesture.

Final Thoughts

So that’s it. That’s how you utilize the zoom feature in VLC Media Player.

However, keep in mind that as you zoom in, the quality of your video will also get worse. Most of the time, anyone who wants to use the Zoom feature is looking to identify a particular object in the video. Maybe you’re looking at your CCTV footage. Perhaps you’re trying to spot a burglar. Or maybe you’re watching a movie and you spot a certain scene where you want to zoom in.

So if you have a video in low resolution, you will have trouble identifying the object even if you zoomed in.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Zoom in on VLC Media Player?

Yes, you can zoom in on VLC Media Player using the Interactive Zoom feature under Video Effects, or by choosing a zoom level from the Video dropdown menu.

What is the Shortcut Key for Zoom in VLC Media Player?

To zoom in, press the Windows key and the “+” key. To open Interactive Zoom in VLC Media Player, press (Ctrl + E) > Video Effects > Geometry > Check the box before “Interactive Zoom”.

How do I fix VLC Interactive Zoom?

Once you’re done using interactive Zoom in VLC Media Player, press (Ctrl + E) > Video Effects > Geometry > and unheck the box before “Interactive Zoom”.

Which Media Player Can Zoom?

Many media players have Zoom capabilities including VLC Media Player, Windows Media Player, and QuickTime Player for macOS. However, the process of zooming varies depending on the software.

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