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VLC Milliseconds: How to to show Milliseconds in VLC?

Showing milliseconds time in VLC is quite important for people who wants to use notepad for video captioning.

Note: It is important to know that this step will only work for VLC-2.0.x ; Other than that won’t work.

Here’s how to set up Milliseconds time in VLC:


1ST STEP:  Download and install “VLC-2.0.x” if you are currently using the latest version of VLC like vlc-2.2.x, etc.

(clicking that link —–> here (vlc-2.0.5) will automatically download vlc-2.0.5; so if you’re not yet ready, or if you have another source where you can download vlc-2.0.5; then please don’t click on that link.)

2ND STEP: Download “vlc extension time” —-> here <—- (that link is safe to click).

—> choose VLC extensions —> located in the upper right corner of the VLC-Addons page (see image below)


—> (note: all is the default, you wont see Time V2.1 in there) only when you click VLC extensions that Time V2.1 extension will appear.

—>scroll down until you find “Time V2.1” —> It looks like the image below (disregard the # of comments, for sure that # will change in the future)


—> click “Time v2.1” and then you will see further instructions on how to install time v2.1.

—> you may also follow steps here:

choose files, then click (to download) (see image below)


3RD STEP: Open both (extract) and vlc folder —> (vlc folder should be in the same location where you saved your vlc files upon installation)

Once done:

—> open “Timev2.1 (intf)” folder from folder.


—> look for “time_ext.lua” & “looper_intf.lua” files (we will transfer that to VLC folder “lua” to sub-folder “extensions” & “intf” respectively)


Note: If there is no existing “extensions” sub-folder under “lua” folder, create one & make sure to name it “extensions” (with ‘s’ )

—> once you’re done transferring “time_ext.lua” and “looper_intf.lua” files to VLC lua—sub-folder “extensions” and “intf” respectively, proceed to step 4.




4TH STEP: transfer “time.lua” file, from folder “Time v1.0 for VLC-2.0.x” to VLC folder “lua” sub-folder “intf.” 


—> after you have successfully transferred those three necessary files from ( tifolder me_ext.lua” & “looper_intf.lua” & “time.lua” ) to VLC sub-folders (“extensions” & “intf.”) respectively, proceed to step 5.

5TH STEP: Close your VLC player (if open) and then re-open for the changes to take effect; otherwise, simply open your VLC player.

Once open:

—> click viewand then you should see there “time V2.1 (intf)” —> click on it.


—> another window will pop up —> click save —> go back to view —> choose [E] in the drop down menu —>  then close VLC player and re-open again.



—> go to media –> open file –> add your video file in your VLC player.

You should see the milliseconds time at the bottom or upper or center (depending on which position you choose; in my example, I choose “bottom”) in your VLC player screen. (see sample below)


(credit: Christie Marie for the sample video; p.s I love her teachings; visit “”  )

It worked for me! It must work for you too!

Comment below if it does or it doesn’t.

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