Your input can’t be opened (error message pops up for you in VLC)

The “Your input can’t be opened” error is one that occurs for some VLC users when they try to play a video stream
If that same error message pops up for you in VLC, check out some of the potential fixes for it below.

1. Turn Off the Windows Firewall
The “input can’t be opened” error message can often be due to firewalls blocking the VLC media player. Thus, temporarily turning off the Windows Defender Firewall for VLC might fix issue. You can turn off the Windows Defender Firewall as follows.

First, press the Type here to search button on the Windows 10 taskbar to open Cortana’s search box.
Enter ‘Windows Firewall’ in the search box.
Then select Windows Defender Firewall to open the window shown in the shot directly below.
Click Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off to open the options.
Select both the Turn off Windows Defender Firewall options.Turn off Windows firewall
Click the OK button.
If that does fix the “Your input can’t be opened” error, the Windows Firewall is probably blocking VLC. To add VLC to an exceptions list, enter ‘Windows Firewall’ in Cortana and select Allow an app through Windows Firewall.

Press the Change settings button.
Scroll to VLC on the apps list and select all its check boxes if they’re not selected.
Press the OK button to close the window.

2. Turn Off Third-Party Antivirus Software
Third-party antivirus software can also include firewalls. As such, you might also need to turn off a third-party antivirus utility before you open VLC. You can usually do that by right-clicking an antivirus utility’s system tray icon and selecting a disable option on the context menu.

Alternatively, open the antivirus software’s primary window to check if VLC is among the blocked applications on the firewall’s application list. Adjust the software’s settings so that it allows VLC for all networks.
How to Disable the Windows Firewall in Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP

  • 0 Users Found This Useful
Was this answer helpful?
Related Articles