How To Skip Forward 30 Seconds Using VLC Player Shortcuts

VLC media player is one of the most popular video players available due to its versatility and ability to play almost any video and audio format. As an experienced VLC user, I want to share some tips on how to skip forward 30 seconds while playing videos using VLC player shortcuts.

Why Skip Forward 30 Seconds

There are several reasons you may want to quickly skip forward in a video by 30 seconds while watching:

  • Skipping commercials – When watching recorded TV shows, you can skip forward 30 seconds to jump past commercial breaks easily.
  • Resume playback – If you pause a video and come back later, skipping ahead 30 seconds can help resume where you left off more precisely.
  • Replay scenes – Skipping back 30 seconds lets you instantly replay amusing or important scenes.
  • Fast navigation – Skipping 30 seconds ahead is useful for quickly navigating long videos.

VLC Player Skip Shortcuts

VLC has predefined shortcuts to skip forward and back by various intervals. Here are the main ones:

  • Shift + Right Arrow: Skip forward 5 seconds
  • Alt + Right Arrow: Skip forward 10 seconds
  • Ctrl + Right Arrow: Skip forward 1 minute

However, there’s no default shortcut to skip 30 seconds specifically. But this can be customized…

Customize 30 Second Skip Shortcut

To set up a shortcut to skip forward 30 seconds in VLC:

  1. Open VLC player and go to Tools > Preferences
  2. Under Interface, click Control interfaces
  3. Select Keyboard, mouse and remote control
  4. Under Jump sizes, click the text box next to Medium jump length
  5. Enter “30” to set 30 second skip interval
  6. Click Save

Now when you press Alt + Right Arrow while playing any video, it will skip forward 30 seconds instead of 10 seconds.

You can customize the other skip intervals here as well, like short jump or long jump lengths.

Alternative: Use Hotkeys Plugin

Another option is to use the Hotkeys plugin in VLC to set a custom shortcut to skip any number of seconds, like 30.

To do this:

  1. Go to Tools > Plugins and extensions
  2. Under Extensions, check the box next to Hotkeys to enable it
  3. Close and reopen VLC player
  4. Go to Tools > Hotkey settings
  5. Click Add hotkey
  6. Set the Action to Jump forward (custom)
  7. Set the Jump length in ms to 30000 milliseconds (30 seconds)
  8. Click OK

Now test your new hotkey while playing a video to confirm it skips ahead 30 seconds properly.


Knowing how to customize VLC player shortcuts to skip forward or back by a specific interval is very useful. Setting up a dedicated 30 second skip hotkey helps navigate videos much faster.

I hope this guide was helpful for learning how to easily skip forward 30 seconds in VLC player on both Windows and Mac using built-in preferences or the Hotkeys plugin. Let me know if you have any other questions!