Disable Constant Font Cache Rebuilding In VLC

VLC is certainly one of the greatest media players around, but some people have been noticing an annoyance in which it "rebuilds the font cache" nearly every time you start it up. Here's how to disable that behaviour.

Rebuilding the font cache not only takes time, sometimes it can make VLC hang completely, which can get old quickly. To make it stop, just open up VLC and go to Tools > Preferences. Hit the "All" radio button in the bottom left hand corner, then go to Video > Subtitles/OSD in the left-hand pane. In the Text Rendering Module dropdown, pick "Dummy Font Renderer Function" and hit save. The next time you open VLC, you should be free of that annoying cache-building dialog.

How to Disable Font Cache Dialog of VLC Player


Comments

    The arrow in the LifeHacker Screenshot looks like it is coming from the checkbox "Autodetect subtitle files". It is not clear that it is actually pointing to the drop down box for "Text Rendering Module"

    Useful but it would be even more so if you included a description of what the Font Cache Rebuilding process actually does.

    Thanks a ton for this. Damn thing was always rebuilding the cache. This worked like a charm. I also do agree about the image though =P

    Thanks for this!

    A picture is worth a thousand words.

    Sadly, you only wrote 122 words, and your pic kinda killed them all. Given how much the interface has apparently changed since you wrote this, it took me quite a bit of squinting to figure it out.

    Making this change effectively disables subtitles, so if you use subtitles, don't use the Dummy function.

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