How to Fix Black Screen Problem When Playing VLC Player in Elementary OS

With fresh Elementary OS (Juno), I installed VLC media player, a popular free and open source multimedia player.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install vlc

When I tried playing a video in VLC, I only see black screen. But playing the video works in Audience, the default Elementary OS video player.

To fix the black screen problem when playing VLC player, go to Tools → Preferences → Video and set the output to X11 video ouput (XCB).

X11 video ouput is a render extension that supports blending and scaling for X Window System.

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