How to zoom to a video in VLC Media Player when playing on Windows

Although videos are displayed in their original aspect ratio and orientation, it takes little to change the appearance of the video when played back. However, you can only switch between normal, full screen or hover image playback, no more than there. But you may want to zoom to a video, and you will find that there are not many zoom video players. The exception is the VLC Media Player, as always.

The VLC player has an interactive zoom that basically allows users to zoom in on a particular part of a video while it is playing. Next I will show you how to zoom to a video in VLC on Windows.

Zoom to a video in VLC

Open the video in the VLC player and then go to Tools > Effects and Filters, or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + E.

In the window that opens, go to Video Effects and then select the Geometry tab . Activate the Interactive Zoom feature and then click Save at the bottom.

When you enable this feature, the video in the main player window will display a smaller version as a thumbnail in the upper left corner.

Close the effects window and return to the main player window. Move your mouse over the small video thumbnail in the corner and click where you want to zoom in or out. The main player will display that part of the video enlarged. As for the zoom depth, you will see a small curved icon below the thumbnail. If you click on the upper part, the zoom level is increased.

The zoom controls will remain active, so when you’re done with the video and want to return to normal viewing, you’ll need to disable the interactive zoom feature. Go to the Effects and Filters window and turn off interactive zoom. Save the change and the small thumbnail in the upper left corner will disappear.

Video zoom has the same limitations as zooming in on a photo. You cannot zoom in too closely and have a clear image of what you are seeing. It cannot be improved for clarity. In HD video you can possibly zoom in much closer than you could in standard quality or low resolution video, but there will always be a limit.

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