I recently had the problem that my VLC Media Player took about a minute to start. First I didn’t know what caused the problem until I remembered that I imported my Music Library into VLC, so it always scanned the whole Library to import the meta data.

To disable the Media Library do as follows:

  1. Open: Tools -> Preferences

  2. Under Show Setting select «All» to show all settings

  3. Go to: Playlist

  4. Uncheck «Use Media Library»

  5. Click «Save» to finish

Now your VLC should start up quickly again.