If you have ever attempted to watch a movie or television show with multiple audio tracks using VLC, you have most likely encountered difficulties when you were required to select the audio track for each episode. Consider the case of your favourite Japanese anime, which may always play the Japanese audio track even when you specifically request that it play the English audio track. Fortunately, changing the default language is a straightforward procedure.
Method 1 Simple Setting
1. VLC Media Player should be launched. Because you are only changing the settings, you do not need to open any files while using this programme.
2. Tools can be found here. Tools can be found in the upper section of the window, among the options available. This will cause a dropdown menu to appear.
3. Select Preferences from the drop-down menu. Preferences can be accessed via the drop-down menu. A new window should appear, displaying a list of available options.
If you prefer, you can access the same Preferences window by pressing CTRL + P instead.
4. Simple configurations are recommended. Make sure that Simple is selected from the two options located at the bottom left of the Preferences window in order to achieve the best results. This should be the default setting, but it’s always good to double-check.
5. Select the Audio tab from the drop-down menu. You can access the Audio tab by selecting it from either the left-hand side of the window or the top of the window. It should have the appearance of a traffic cone with headphones attached.
6. Fill in the blanks with your preferred audio language. Look for the Tracks header, which can be found near the bottom of the audio settings. In the input field next to “Preferred Audio Language,” enter the language code that you prefer to hear. This link will take you to a page with a list of the codes: http://www.loc.gov/standards/iso639-2/php/code list.php. Start by attempting to use the 639-2 codes, and if those do not work, move on to the 639-1 codes.
7. Choose your preferred subtitles. Additionally, if you want to set a default subtitle track, you can do so from the same preferences window as well. You will also see additional customization options for the subtitles, such as font, font size, shadows, and so on.
To access the subtitles tab, navigate to the top or left section of the window and click on it.
In the input field next to “Preferred Subtitle Language,” type in the language code that you prefer to use. For more information on the codes, visit: http://www.loc.gov/standards/iso639-2/php/code list php.html
8. Save the file by clicking on it. To save your work, click on the Save button in the lower right corner of the screen. This should serve to confirm your modifications.
9. Restart VLC. In order for the changes to take effect, you may need to restart VLC.
Method 2 Advanced Setting
1. Select All options from the drop-down menu. Select All from the Preferences window’s drop-down menu in the bottom left corner of the window. If the straightforward method does not yield results in your field, it is possible that the audio tracks have not been properly labelled (tagged). In this case, you will have to experiment with different audio tracks to find the one that works best for you.
2. Select Inputs/Codecs from the drop-down menu. Select the Inputs/Codecs header from the Advanced Preferences window’s left-hand pane on the left side of the screen. This should open a new page with the header Inputs/Codecs as the first section.
3. Change the number of the audio track. The best audio track for your file may require some trial and error if it contains multiple audio tracks. If there are only two audio tracks, either track 0 or track 1 will be the correct track in this situation. If you have reset your preferences, track 0 will be the default track; track 1 will be the additional track.
4. Try entering a language into the search box. If the straightforward method did not work, this step is unlikely to make a difference, but it is still worth attempting. In the input field next to “Audio Language,” type in the language code that you want to use for the audio. For the second time, the list of codes can be found at: http://www.loc.gov/standards/iso639-2/php/code list.php. .
5. Change the track number of the subtitles. If you’re having trouble setting a default subtitle track, you might want to experiment with different subtitle track numbers to see if that helps.
6. Save your work by clicking on the Save button. To save your changes, locate the save button in the bottom right corner of the window and press it.
7. Restart the VLC media player. It is possible that you will need to restart the programme in order for the changes to take effect.
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