Every now and then, a program doesn’t seem to work ‘out of the box’ the way you think it should.
Such was the case with the VLC media player. Though I never had a problem with it under Mint 13, Mint 17 was playing video with the colors inverted. In all fairness, I’m running Mint on a 10 year old AMD machine with the default, on board graphics card that is pretty much crap.
If this happens to you, the fix is simple.
Just maneuver to the VLC preferences, select the Video tab as shown above, and select the X11 Video Output.
That’s it. Now the video will play in the correct colors!