How to Set the Default Audio Track in VLC (with Pictures)

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How to Set the Default Audio Track in VLC (with Pictures)
How to Set the Default Audio Track in VLC (with Pictures)
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Have you ever tried to watch movies or series with multiple audio tracks in VLC, then you probably encountered some problems where you had to choose the audio track with each episode. For example, your favorite Japanese anime may play the Japanese audio track every time you want the Dutch track to be played. Fortunately, setting the default language is very easy.

Steps

Method 1 of 2: Easy setup

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Step #1. Open VLC

You don't have to open any files with the program, because you are only going to change the settings of VLC.

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Step 2. Select Tools

Choose Tools from the main menu. A drop-down menu will appear.

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Step 3. Choose Preferences

Choose Preferences from the drop-down menu. A new window will appear with a number of options.

Alternatively, press CTRL+P to open the same Preferences window

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Step 4. Choose Simple as the setting

Choose Simple (bottom left of the window) as the display setting for the preferences. This should be the default setting, but check it first.

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Step 5. Select the Audio tab

On the left side of the window or at the top, choose the Audio tab. This one looks like a traffic cone with headphones.

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Step 6. Type the desired audio language

At the bottom of the audio settings window you will find the Songs group. In the input field next to 'Audio language preference', enter your language code. A list of codes can be found at this link: http://www.loc.gov/standards/iso639-2/php/code_list.php. Try the 639-2 codes first and if that doesn't work, the 639-1 codes.

  • English:

    spooky

  • Japanese:

    jpn

  • spanish:

    spa

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Step 7. Set your subtitle preferences

If you also want to set the subtitles, you can do so in the same preference window. You will also see other options for customizing the subtitles, such as the font, font size, shadows, etc.

  • Click on the Subtitles tab on the left or top of the window.
  • Enter the desired language code in the input field next to 'Preferred subtitle language'. The link for the codes can be found here:
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Step 8. Click on Save

Click the Save button in the lower right corner of the window. This confirms the changes.

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Step 9. Restart VLC

For these changes to take effect, you may need to restart VLC.

Method 2 of 2: Using the advanced settings

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Step #1. Choose all for the settings

Choose "All" as an option in the lower-left corner of the Preferences window. If the simple method doesn't work for your field, it's possible that the audio tracks are not mapped correctly. In this case, you should set the default audio track by trying it a few times.

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Step 2. Select Input/Codecs

On the left or at the top of the Advanced Preferences window, select Input/Codecs. A new window will open with Input/Codecs as the title.

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Step 3. Change the number of audio tracks

If your file has multiple audio tracks, you may need to experiment a bit to find the right one. If there are only two audio tracks, 0 or 1 is the correct track. 0 is the default track if you've reset preferences; 1 is the additional track.

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Step 4. Enter a language

If the simple method didn't work, this step probably won't help, but you can always try. Enter the desired language code in the field next to 'Audio language'. Again, the list of codes:

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Step 5. Change the track number for the subtitles

If you can't enter a default subtitle track, experiment with different track numbers.

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Step 6. Click on Save

Click the Save button in the lower right corner of the window to confirm your changes.

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Step 7. Restart VLC

You may need to restart the program to actually apply your changes.

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