[Tweaks] “Improving VLC Player load times of .MKV files on Leopard and Lion”

“Ever notice that MKV files load significantly slower than before in VLC on Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)? I did, and for someone who has a lot of media files encoded in the format, it’s almost unusable to have to wait a minute while seeing the CPU on one core maxed out. The version of VLC player I have is 1.0.3, the latest as of this post. However, the issue seems to be around since at least 1.0.1 as discussed on this page:http://forum.videolan.org/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=64302&start=15

The fix is pretty simple assuming you are not scared of entering a command in the terminal:

  1. Open terminal (Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app)
  2. Copy and paste this: ‘sudo chmod a+w /usr/X11/var/cache/fontconfig’ without the quotes
  3. Enter your admin password (for most people, that’s just your current account’s password if you are an admin)
  4. Open a .MKV file and close it after it starts playing
  5. Now open any .MKV file again and things should be as snappy as before!”
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