[Solved] Disable VLC building font cache while Playing Video

If you are a movie or anime enthusiast, you have likely encountered the message stating “Building font cache” on VLC Player while playing with an MKV or MP4 video. Then you find a progress bar that seems to get suck in 0% or one percent. Even though the pop up says “Please wait while your font cache is rebuilt. This should take less than a minute”, if you have a simple PC or laptop, the rebuilding process can take more than five minutes and in rare cases the VLC player itself will stop responding and you need to force close it. It can be extremely irritating once you have to unnecessarily wait for VLC to begin enjoying your video files. The fantastic thing is it is easy to fix this annoying video playback delay by simple changing a settings option on VLC media Player.

How to stop/fix building font cache in VLC Player on a Windows PC ?

Disable VLC building font cache

The building font cache dialog box showed up on VLC Player while playing video files with embedded subtitles displayed at the bottom. Here is how it is possible to disable VLC font cache building on VLC media player:

  1. Open VLC Player
  2. Select Tools >> Preferences
  3. On the bottom left, you will see “Show Settings” >> select “All”
  4. Now, go to Video >> Subtitles/OSD
  5. On the right, you’ll see “Text Rendering Module”
  6. Choose “Dummy font renderer” from the drop down menu

After finishing preceding steps, the “building font cache” dialog message will quit showing while playing video files. In case your VLC Player hangs up during the cache building procedure, you may need to delete the temporary app data. To fix this problem:

  • Hit Windows key and type “cmd” in the search bar
  • Type %appdata%
  • Find the VLC folder and delete it

After deleting the VLC app data folder, VLC will build font cache from scratch and won’t freeze up this time.

To conclude, always ensure that your VLC player is current version. To check it, open VLC Player >> Select “Help” >> choose “Check for Updates”. The Most Recent version of VLC has cleared many bugs and enhanced video performance for various file formats for example .mkv. .mov, .mp4, .dat and .mpeg.