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Author by Kevincy

Updated on Jan 26, 2024

The VLC Media Player is not just as simple as it looks. In addition to basic video/audio decoding, it also has many hidden features that people have overlooked, such as interactive zoom. This feature comes in handy when you want to zoom in specific areas of a video. Today, I will introduce how to enable VLC interactive zoom and a simple solution for VLC zoom video not working issue.

How to Zoom Video in VLC Media Player?

How to Zoom in VLC Media PlayerHow to Zoom in VLC Media Player

Before we get started, make sure you've installed or updated VLC to the latest version.

Step 1. Open VLC Media Player, go to Media > Open File to play a video file, or directly drag the video into VLC interface.

Step 2. On the menu bar, navigate to Tools > Effects and Filters.

Step 3. On the Adjustments and Effects dialogue window, go to Video Effects tab.

Step 4. Then select Geometry subtab, you’ll see Interactive Zoom. Mark the checkbox to enable Interactive Zoom.

Then a small preview window will display on the top left corner of your current video so that you can tune interactive zoom level to zoom in/out certain part.

Why Sometimes VLC Interactive Zoom Doesn't Work?

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Q: I would like to ask why interactive zoom functionality works properly on horizontally filmed videos, but it doesn't work at all on any vertically filmed video. The rectangle for zooming position isn't movable in the preview window on any vertical video. Is it some kind of Interactive Zoom functionality imperfection, which could be fixed in the future or if it's some global limitation? - From The VideoLAN Forums

A: Well, it's a common issue on VLC official forum. The same problem is also put forward in these two threads

And you can find more results if you dig deep into the forum. That is to say, the issue has not been solved so far.

The Video Recorded with 90-degree RotationThe Video Recorded with 90-degree Rotation

Actually, the root cause of the problem is derived from specific videos themselves. Some videos inherently come with a 90° rotation parameter, especially for those videos recorded by smartphone or other portable devices. You can analyze and find this information using MediaInfo. If you play this video in Windows Media Player, you'll find it plays upside down. VLC can read the rotation parameter and rotate the video automatically, but the interactive zoom won't move because of it. So the solution is that, VLC Media Player zoom feature will work as soon as the parameter is removed.

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How to Remove the Rotation Parameter in the Videos?

To be honest, this is another stumbling block. I tried several free & paid video conversion programs, but none of them work until I found this one - WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro. It will recognize the rotation property and remove it. Afterwards, the video will play normally and VLC zoom video function will work like a charm. Without further ado, here we go.

Simple Steps to Eliminate 90° Rotation

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Step 1 - Load the Questioned Video

Initiate HD Video Converter Factory Pro, add the video that comes with 90-degree rotation by clicking on Add Files or Add Video Folder. Yes, it supports converting videos in batches.

Step 2 - Select Output Format

Although this video is recorded with a 90° rotation, you DON'T NEED to rotate it manually with Rotate feature in the program. It will automatically detect and remove the rotation property. Just open the output format list on the right side and select your desired one from 500+ preset profiles.

Step 3 - Start Eliminating Rotation Parameter

Now, specify an output destination folder on the bottom and hit Run button to start the conversion. After done, the VLC zoom video feature will be revived on these videos. Problem resolved!

At last...

Now you have figured out how to zoom video in VLC and the perfect solution to VLC interactive zoom not working. This folk remedy has been verified by a few people even though there is no update published officially regarding this issue. Just have a try and confirm it by yourself. If you have benefitted a lot from this post, don't hesitate to share it via your social media. Also, feel free to contact us if there is any problem in the operation process.

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