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MP4 / H.265 Video Not Playing in VLC - See Quick Fixes Here

There are 3 ways to fix VLC H.265 playback error. Try: Solution most recommended by us [85%]

Can't play MP4/H.265 4K video smoothly in VLC player?

VLC is a widely used media player application that supports most video and audio files, which, however, always fails to play MP4/H.265 4K videos smoothly. VLC either refuses to play H.265 or plays it without sound. Sometimes your MP4 H.265 video just gets pixelated. One possible reason: VLC can't perfectly decode H.265. In such cases, the most effective solution would be re-encoding H.265 to a format that is compatible with VLC player.

H.265 gets blurry in VLC
H.265 gets blurry in VLC

Possible Causes to H.265 Not Playing in VLC

There are plenty of situations where H.265 video files refuse to play in VLC. For example, the audio and video streams in MP4/H.265 file doesn't sync properly, the original video files are downloaded improperly due to an accidental interruption, or simply, the video file is just poorly damaged by viruses. But the most likely reason that it won't play can probably ascribe to incompatible codec format.

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Analysis: Convert MP4/H.265 video to any formats well supported by VLC with VideoProc, an all-in-one video processing, editing and converting software. To be specific, you can convert MP4/H.265 to MP4/H.264, AVI, MKV, MOV, 3GP, FLV, VOB, DVD-Video, etc, which you'll find under the 'Target Format' tab in VideoProc.

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Simple Steps to Transcode MP4/H.265 with VideoProc

Step 1. Download and install VideoProc. Run VideoProc and select 'Video' to enter the user editing interface.

Step 2. Click the '+Video' button in the upper left corner or directly drag the targeted video into the editing area to import MP4/ H.265 video.

Step 3. Select the targeted format to convert under the 'Video/Target Format'.

Step 4. Select the output address and click the 'RUN' button.

Convert H.265 to H.264
Convert H.265 to H.264

Other Feasible Solutions to H.265 Not Playing in VLC

  • Download the VLC codec pack. The thing is if you just install H.265 codec for VLC, the playback problem may still happen next time when you run into another incompatible codec issue.
  • Upgrade your VLC to the latest version and turn on GPU acceleration. How-to: Tools >-preferences >-input/Codecs >-video Codecs >-ffmpeg >-enable Hardware decoding
    Cons: the accelerator doesn't support the acceleration of an H.265 video.
Final Words:

If you have been scratching your head for being incapable of making your MP4/ H.265 video running on the VLC media player, try it with our EASY-TO-USE and profound editing software—VideoProc! This short user manual will offer you a satisfactory answer to make your MP4/H.265 video applicable to the VLC media player. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to turn to the user guide on our official website for more help.

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Jordi D. Rodríguez

Jordi was an amateur tech enthusiast, but now an editor who has published hundreds of stories covering video editing, hardware acceleration, software review and how-tos. He is more like a "tech support" with adventurous soul, eagerly grabbing cutting-edge video technologies off in a professional yet easy-to-understand way. Enjoys gliding, diving, etc.

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