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VLC direct3d11 error: setthumbnailclip failed: 0x800706f4: Quick Fix

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VLC Media Player is one of the most popular offline media players and has been for quite some time. However, just like most other popular software products, it does have its own bugs and glitches from time to time.

In this article, we’re taking a look at the “VLC direct3d11 error: setthumbnailclip failed: 0x800706f4” error, its causes and what you can do to fix the problem.

What causes this error?

The error can be caused by a number of different factors, some of the most common ones are as follows:

  • Corrupt video encoding
  • Unsupported file format
  • Corrupt video file
  • Outdated VLC version.

Also read: How to rotate, flip and transpose a video in VLC media player?

How to fix the issue?

Here are four fixes you can try out. 

Update VLC

One of the first things you should do in such error cases is to try and update the problematic software, and this includes VLC as well. If you’re running an outdated version, chances are newer video codecs won’t be supported. Updating VLC will give you support for the latest codecs as well as better bug handling in the software. 

Reinstall VLC

If updating didn’t work, reinstalling the software from scratch can also do the trick. Reinstalling removes any corrupt files or extensions that might be causing problems for VLC and installs them fresh (and updated) so that the media player can work properly again. 

You can download VLC from their official website here. 

Change error verbosity

Changing VLC’s error verbosity can help produce more detailed logs that can in turn help you get a better understanding of what’s actually going on with the video you’re trying to play. Here’s how.

Step 1: Open VLC, head over to the Tools menu and click Messages.

Step 2: Set Verbosity to and save your changes.

Now play any video and wait for the error message to appear. Look at the logs and take appropriate action depending on the actual error. 

Contact VLC support

If all else fails, reach out to VLC support and have them resolve the issue for you. You can also check out the user forums to see if other users are experiencing the same problem as you. 

Also read: How to make VLC the default player on Windows PC?

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here:

  • Sorry, but not helpful at all. I got the error “direct3d11 error: setthumbnailclip failed: 0x800706f4” precisely from the Message dialog. Why would you recommend to open it again as a fix? lol

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