Saturday, February 12, 2011


As you may or may not know, one of the most used software I've ever used has turned 10 years old. VLC Media Player is a 5th grader. If you don't know about VLC, you have no business being on the internet.

Anyways, I was watching Cowboy Bebop as a mkv file, and the file defaulted to the japanese audio stream. I usually watch in the japanese dub, but the english dub on Cowboy Bebop is really good.

Moving along, I got tired of manually switching the audio stream each time a new episode came on. After much Google search, I found a solution.

Step 1. Go to Tools > Select Preferences

Step 2. At the bottom of the Preferences window, under Show Settings, Select the option labeled "All"

Step 3. Click Input/Codecs
Step 4. Change the Audio track field to the number that corresponds to the stream you want.

VLC labels each stream by number, starting with 0. So in this case the first stream is 0 and the second stream 1.

Step 6. Click the Save button. Click the Stop button if you're currently watching the film, then press Play again. Now you can watch the rest of your series or season without having to manually switching languages.

Keep in mind, this only works if all the files you choose to watch have the same corresponding streams. Also, if anyone reading this has a better way of doing this, I would like to know. This just works for me.

EDIT:  I forgot to mention. After you're done watching, you should change the audio track and subtitles track values back to -1. That way it won't affect any future files you plan to watch.


  1. I was wondering this myself, thanks for the info

  2. cool and useful tutorial, i often was wondering how that works.

  3. Thanks, I always get pissed off when I'm watching an english movie and it comes with Romanian subtitles or something :S

  4. Thanks for the nice tutorial this is very usefull.

  5. very nice tutorial

  6. VLC is by far the best PnP player to date...

  7. Very helpful little tutorial for those who arent good wit VLC

  8. What if you take the second entrance first?

  9. thanks for sharing this useful tips..i use VLC myself but never got to use this function

  10. VLC is the best for all your shady downloading needs!

  11. pretty good guide, though i personally can't stand the english voice actors for cowboy bebop.