It's possible this bug is identical or related to #528365:

        vlc: Squashed and greyscale picture with x11 video output

I am using Debian sid, and find one solution to be:

        apt-get install vlc-plugin-sdl
    vlc -V sdl somevideo.avi

This setting can be made permanent in ~/.config/vlc/vlcrc :


Note that I have in my
/etc/apt/sources.list file.

Joel Roth

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