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9 Ways to Play 4K Video on VLC Media Player


Can VLC play 4K video?

VLC 3.0 Media Player released by VideoLAN is claimed to be able to activate hardware decoding to get 4K, 8K, and Blue-ray playback. But very often, users can't play 4K video with VLC at all. Whatever, the format and size limit of 4K videos are still there, and the new release's higher requirement of the computer also brings challenges for some weak system. As a result, the playback of 4K videos in VLC media player is usually choppy with errors like "can't play 4K video in MP4 model", and "video without sound", etc.

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If you are dropping hair out with those problems, here are 9 methods can help you:


  1. 1. Update to VLC Media Player 3.0
  2. 2. Change the Hardware-Accelerated Decoding Setting
  3. 3. Update the Graphics Card Drivers
  4. 4. Compress and Convert 4K Video
  5. 5. Change Skip H.264 In-Loop Deblocking Filter Setting
  6. 6. Change The X26 Preset and Tuning Selection Setting
  7. 7. Change Output Modules
  8. 8. Increase the Threads Number
  9. 9. Increase the File Cache Values

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The 9 Methods to Play 4K UHD Videos on VLC without Error


1. Update to VLC Media Player 3.0

Like we have said, VLC 3.0 or later can play 4K videos, so the first thing that we need to do is to check the VLC version. Please make sure of its version 3.0 at least, and the newest version for the best.

  • Step 1. Start the VLC media player to find the Help button and click it.
  • Step 2. Select the Check for Updates option.
  • Step 3. It will check your VLC version and tell if you have the latest or not.

2. Change the Hardware-accelerated Decoding Setting


Disable Hardware-accelerated Decoding
  • Step 1. Open VLC media player and click on Tool and choose Preference.
  • Step 2. Go to the Input / Codecs to find the Hardware-accelerated Decoding option.
  • Step 3. Click Hardware-accelerated Decoding to choose Disable.
  • Step 4. Hit the Save button and restart VLC to play 4K video.

3. Update Graphics Card Drivers of Computer

It depends on different Windows version and graphics cards to do updates. You should identify the model of your graphics card and go to its manufacturer's website, and follow their guide to download the right drivers manually. Or you can get the latest drivers for your Graphics Card from the Windows Update Center

4. Compress and Convert 4K Video

4k video playback requires strict with processor and graphics chip of a computer, even if the computer meets the requirements, you may find that problems come.Therefore, one of the most simple resolutions is to compress and convert 4K video to compatible H.264 MP4 formats in lower solution to smooth playback on VLC. To do that, we recommend use an easy and professional video editing tool - VideoProc.

VideoProc makes it possible to:

  • • Compress a large video size by 90% with a merely pixel-level quality difference.
  • • Change 4K video to various solutions like 320p, 420p, 1080p, etc. according to your need.
  • • The conversion speed would be lightning fast.

Why not give it a trial, and follow the detailed steps below to make the job done?


  • Step 1. Run VideoProc on your computer and hit Video.
  • Step 2. Click on +Video menu and choose the video file you want to convert. And then hit Option.
  • Step 3. Go under the Video Codec Options box and change Resolution to any value as you want, click on Done to save.
  • change video resolution on VideoProc
  • Step 4. Choose the format H.264 MP4. Toggle the Hardware Acceleration Engine option to enable fast conversion speed, and then click the RUN button to convert it.

5. Change Skip H.264 in-loop Deblocking Filter Setting


  • Step 1. Open VLC media player and click on Tool and choose Preference.
  • Step 2. Go to Input /Codecs to find Skip H.264 in-loop deblocking filter, and click it to change to All.
  • Step 3. Remember to save the change, and restart it to play 4K video.

6. Change the x26 preset and Tuning Selection Setting


  • Step 1. Open VLC media player and click on Tool and choose Preference.
  • Step 2. Click on Input /Codecs, and then go to x26 preset and tuning selection to select Placebo.
  • Step 3. Remember to save the change and restart VLC.

7. Change Output Modules


  • Step 1. Open VLC media player and click on Tool and choose Preference.
  • Step 2. Go to Show settings option in the lower-left corner and click on All.
  • Step 3. Go under Video and click on the arrow in front of output modules.
  • Step 4. Change Video output modules setting to Automatic.
  • Step 5. Remember to save the change and restart VLC.

8. Increase the Threads Number


  • Step 1. Open VLC media player and click on Tool > Preference.
  • Step 2. Go to Show settings option in the lower-left corner and click on All.
  • Step 3. Go under Input/codecs and click on the arrow in front of Video Codecs.
  • Step 4. Click on FFmpeg under Video Codecs to find Decoding box on the right side, change Threads from 0 to 2.
  • Step 5. Remember to save the change and restart VLC.

If you still can't play 4K video under this setting, you can try to higher threads number to 3 or so on.

9. Increase the File Cache Values


  • Step 1. Open VLC media player and click on Tool > Preference.
  • Step 2. Go to Show settings option in the lower-left corner and click on All.
  • Step 3. Go under Input/codecs and click on the arrow in front of Video Codecs.
  • Step 4. Find Advanced box on the right side and change file caching (ms) from 300 to 1000.

If you still can't play 4K video under this setting, you can try to higher the file cache values, such as change file caching (ms) from 300 to 10000.

Conclusion

These 9 methods are pretty much all the possible solutions that we can collect for playing 4K video on VLC. If you have another practical one, please share with us. And we will update it as soon as possible to help more users.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Farrah Penn

Farrah Penn has been a copywriter at Digiarty since 2014. Because of the occupational requirement and personal interest, Farrah has carried on broad and profound study and researches to multimedia related stuff, popular electronic devices and multimedia programs in the market.

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