How to fix broken/out of sync audio in online videos
Streaming videos online has never been better, with sites like Youtube, Megavideo, and Zshare bringing you great videos almost instantly. However one major problem with these sites is people often upload videos with audio that is out of sync with the video, which can be really annoying. Luckily, there are some easy ways to fix this.
Method 1: Refresh
The first and easiest method is to refresh the page and reload the video. Sometimes the streaming software or the web site is at fault for the audio glitch and a simple refresh can fix it.
Method 2: Playback Skipping
If refreshing doesn’t work, skip back or forward a few seconds in the video using the video playback bar that almost every video player should have. A lot of times this will cause the video player to recheck the audio and video time signatures and realign them, fixing the sync problem.
Method 3: Manual Re-Syncing
If neither of the first two methods work, there is another slightly trickier option, but it is guaranteed to work. Open two separate browser windows with the same video in each. Resize them so you can have both side by side as shown in the picture. Now, find a moment in the video where there is a distinct sound that you can match with an action. Good examples are a door slamming, a gun firing, or a window being smashed. Mute the lefthand browser window’s video and pause it right as the action is happening. The closer you pause it to the action, the better. Now rewind about 10 seconds in the other video player in the righthand browser and hit play. Hover your mouse over the play button in the lefthand window and be ready to hit it. You need to hit play right as you hear the sound. The audio from the right window should now be in sync with the video in the left window. Hit fullscreen on the left window and you’re good to go.
Method 4: Find an Alternative
For almost every video on the internet, there is another version of it somewhere. A lot of times there is a different video posting that has working audio somewhere else. Read our article about video listing websites to help you find the alternatives easier. You might also be interested in our articles on getting around Megavideo’s 72-minute time limit and how to fix Tudou.
Disclaimer: Downloading and streaming copyright material is illegal in many countries; you should not do this. Please only use these tips for watching legal videos. As always, be careful on these sites as some of them have malicious spyware.