Video player VST plugins help synchronize the audio track with a video.

In this article, I’ll review various video player VST plugins you can use in FL Studio to work with video playback.

VST PluginOS SupportPaid/Free
1.VidPlayVSTWindows, Mac, LinuxPaid
2.MediaVSTWindowsFree
3.VideoVSTWindows
Linux and Mac (with emulator)
Free
Quick overview of VST Plugins

1. VidPlayVST (Paid)

VidPlayVST
VidPlayVST

VidPlayVST is the most popular video player plugin with support from almost all available OS and DAWs.

VidPlayVST uses FFmpeg to work with various audio and video formats. The plugin can pick time cues and sync the audio and video smoothly.

It also has options to resize, mute, and optimize the video based on the song’s tempo. 

Music producers prefer VidPlayVST for their projects apart from the stock plugins due to the extension of features and accessibility.

The light CPU usage and low memory load also help in dealing with syncing complex music patterns to videos.

VidPlayVST is a paid software that works on Windows and MacOS. For Linux users, the plugin is free since it is in its inception phase.

You can try out the demo before buying the product. It can play only the first 30 seconds of the uploaded video.

Since the price is reasonably low, the developers of VidPlayVST don’t offer lifetime updates for the plugin. 

Let’s now look into how to install and use the plugin. 

Installing and Working with VidPlayVST

Download the zip file containing the plugin from their website and extract it.

Choose your desired operating system and start the download. For this installation tutorial, I used Windows OS.

The extracted folder will contain the following files (as shown in the image).

VidPlayVST files
VidPlayVST files

Open the “Microsoft-Windows folder. It contains the VST2 and VST3 versions of VidPlayVST.

Since I am using FL Studio as the host DAW, I can use either 32-bit or 64-bit versions of the plugin.

Drag the .dll file to the plugins folder of FL Studio. If your DAW doesn’t support VST2, you can install VST3 instead.

However, for FL Studio, the VST2 version is preferred since the VST3 version tends to crash frequently due to some errors. 

Then I booted up FL Studio.

Click on Add > More Plugins > Manage Plugins. After clicking on Manage Plugins, the plugin manager window will appear (as shown below).

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Plugin manager window in FL Studio
Plugin manager window in FL Studio

Add the directory of your plugins in the Plugin search paths section if not done before.

Then click on Find installed plugins to refresh and update new plugins to the DAW.

Now click on the VidPlayVST plugin and drag it to the channel rack, as shown below.

If you follow the above steps correctly, you will find VidPlayVST among the installed plugins.

Adding VidPlayVST to the channel rack
Adding VidPlayVST to the channel rack

Let’s now test the plugin by adding a video. Click on the file icon with the tooltip “Open a video file” shown at the bottom of the plugin.

After uploading the video, the following screen shows the added video.

Video played on VidPlayVST
Video played on VidPlayVST.

Now load your music track simultaneously and see if the video syncs with the audio.

If not, click the settings icon to perform various functions to get the perfect output.

The settings menu offers many options, as shown in the image below.

The settings menu of VidPlayVST
The settings menu of VidPlayVST

Similar steps are followed for the MacOS to use the plugin. However, steps differ slightly for Linux OS.

You can check the installation steps for Linux on their website.

The Pros of VidPlayVST:

  • Reliable, Easy-to-use, and DAW-compatible,  supporting over a hundred video formats.
  • It offers many options to tweak and sync the video to audio, such as resizing, looping, rendering, and controlling aspect ratios.
  • Offers both VST2 and VST3 versions of the plugin.

The Cons of VidPlayVST:

  • Sometimes its VST3 version crashes when used in FL Studio.
  • VidPlayVST doesn’t offer lifetime updates, so users must repurchase the plugin to use the updated version. 

If you’re looking for an efficient video player plugin with good support, I strongly recommend VidPlayVST.

You can download the plugin from the following link.

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2. MediaVST (Free)

MediaVST plugin opened in FL Studio
MediaVST plugin opened in FL Studio

MediaVST is a part of Polac VST(i) Loader (pvst) made for Jeskola Buzz (a modular music software).

You can extract the plugin from the pvst files and use it as a standalone plugin for other DAWs, including FL Studio.

MediaVST can sync the video and audio smoothly without any delay.

The plugin has many features, and developers implement bug fixes from time to time.

It works on the 32 and 64-bit versions of Windows OS.

In my testing, I found that MediaVST isn’t very DAW-friendly and can crash in DAWs that don’t support VST2 plugins.

Since MediaVST is freeware, there’s no payment required to use the plugin.

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Unfortunately, the support and updates are minimal, but the plugin can be modified based on the user’s preferences.

Installing and Working with MediaVST

To download the plugin, go to their website and download the x86 or x64 version, depending on your system specifications.

Extract the downloaded file, and in the new folder, you’ll see some files, as shown in the image below.

Files of MediaVST
Files of MediaVST

The extracted folder contains multiple plugins which are unrelated to video players.

The goal is to find the correct .dll file of the plugin and paste it into the FL Studio plugins folder.  For this, click on  Gear > Vst > mediavst.dll / mediavst.x64.dll.

Drag and drop the mediavst.dll or mediavst.x64.dll file into the FL Studio plugins.

Like the previous steps in installing VidPlayVST, let’s boot up the DAW and add MediaVST into the Plugins manager.

After dragging the plugin into the channel rack,  click on media vst to load up the plugin.

Once the plugin is successfully loaded on FL Studio, you’ll see a similar screen (as shown below).

MediaVST plugin opened in FL Studio
MediaVST plugin opened in FL Studio

To upload a video file, right-click on the user interface. It’ll open up the file explorer from which you can choose a video.

Working with the MediaVST plugin
Working with the MediaVST plugin

To play the video, add a C4 note into the piano roll of media vst and add that pattern to the start of the playlist from where you want the video to play.

You can load the required audio track to the playlist channel, and the video will sync.

The Pros of MediaVST

  • The plugin has MIDI support and a user-friendly interface.
  • It supports many video formats and has troubleshooting properties.

The Cons of MediaVST

  • It doesn’t have a VST3 version.
  • Not very DAW-friendly. Some of the settings need a rework.
  • The updates and bug fixes are minimal, as there is no developer support.

MediaVST works well for synching short videos with audio tracks. When I worked with longer videos, the plugin crashed from time to time.

If you want a free, somewhat stable video player plugin for FL Studio, MediaVST is a good option.

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3. VideoVST (Free)

Working with VideoVST on FL Studio
Working with VideoVST on FL Studio

VideoVST is one of the oldest video player plugins, which even works on some DAWs.

It can play MPEG-1 videos in sync with the designated audio, like in Film and TV-scoring scenarios.

VideoVST works only on Windows OS. The plugin has cross-platform compatibility but must be tweaked to use it in Linux or MacOS.

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Though last updated in 2006, the plugin still works and gets the job done. The only downside is that it works only for MPG video formats.

The plugin is free to use. Since it’s a legacy plugin, the installation can be a bit tricky.

Installing and Working with VideoVST

First, download the VideoVST zip file. Extract the files, and you’ll get the following files in a folder.

VideoVST plugin files
VideoVST plugin files

Then again, extract the VideoVSTMMX.zip folder. For some error, the VideoVST.zip file doesn’t work in FL Studio.

After extracting, you will see the following files inside the new folder.

Extracted files of VideoVST
Extracted files of VideoVST

Now, focus on two files in the folder – SDL.dll and VideoVSTMMX.dll.

These two files must be in different directories for the plugin to work.

Drag the SDL.dll into the windows/system directory and VideoVSTMMX.dll to the FL Studio plugins folder.

Boot up FL Studio and add the plugin in the plugin manager.

Drag and drop the plugin to the channel rack. If everything goes smoothly, the plugin should show the following screen.

VideoVST opened on FL Studio
VideoVST opened on FL Studio

Now test the plugin by uploading a video into the interface.

Remember, VideoVST supports only mpg formats. Hence convert your video to mpg format before uploading.

Add some music to check if the video syncs with the audio. The mixing panel can handle the delay, size, and increase/decrease the volume of the video.

If it works, you can confirm that the VideoVST plugin is successfully installed in FL Studio.

Working with VideoVST on FL Studio
Working with VideoVST on FL Studio

The Pros of VideoVST

  • Simple user interface with separated panels.
  • Options such as delay, volume, and size help customize the video to sync with the audio properly. 

The Cons of VideoVST

  • It only supports mpg formats, meaning users have to convert their videos to .mpg to use it. This is very time-consuming.
  • The UI of VideoVST might be unresponsive when you add a video format that isn’t .mpg, causing the entire DAW to crash.
  • There’s no VST3 version of the plugin.

You can use these third-party video player VST plugins on FL Studio.

If you’ve come across other plugins better than these, let me know in the comment box below.

Like most DAWs, FL Studio also has some built-in video player plugins. You can find out how to work with them using the following links.

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