How to Play 4K Video in Windows Media Player

(Updated on Aug 1, 2016)

“I’ve discovered that 4K videos recorded at 100mbps with my GH4 won’t play on Microsoft Windows Media Player. I’m referring to videos straight out of the camera without any editing. Any solution for me to play 4K video in Windows Media Player flawlessly?”

I have found many threads online that talk about the 4K and Window Media Player playback issue. More than more guys complained Windows Media Player can’t support 4K video files. Have you ever met the similar issue? In this article, I’d like to share the easiest solution to help you open and view 4K files in Windows Media Player at your will.

As you see, there are more and more 4K media we can access like from 4K professional camcorders(Panasonic GH4, Blackmagic, Sony FDR-AX100), YouTube… But we found that 4K video is still not widely supported by popular video players like VLC, Windows Media Player, etc.

There are two factors that matter for whether WMP can play MP4 4K files on a PC:

  1. Operating system – Windows 8.1.
  2. Processor – Intel third or fourth generation. AMD processors may have problems; older Intel chips may have problems.



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If you do not have both, switch to the solution we recommned below.

Since the majority of playback, editing work is still being finished in 1080p, in most cases, we still need to downscale most of the Ultra HD 4K to 1080p or 2K properly. And this article will present you how to downscale 4K to 1080p for playing with Windows Media Player perfectly.

First, download and install Brorsoft Video Converter

It is surely in the support of compressing 4K UHD videos to 1080p, 2k faultlessly. Plus, this 4K video converter enables you to transcode 4K videos to any format MP4, MOV, WMV, FLV, MPG, AVI, MKV… as you want. Thanks to the built-in video editor, you can trim, crop and retouch your videos in clicks. Overall, this program is a completely professional 4K HD video converter, player and editor. If you are running on Mac OS X, Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is the alternative choice, which allows you to convert/compress 4K clips to 1080p on Mac(El Capitan/Yosemtie/Mavericks included) at high speed.

Convert & Downscale 4K for Windows Media Player

1. Load 4K Videos

Launch the best 4K Video Converter; click “Add” and load your 4K files in .mxf, .mp4, .mov, etc. Or directly drag and drip your 4K source to the program.

2. Choose output format

Click the Format menu, select Windows Media Player friendly format as your output video format. There, you can take WMV, MP4 as your output video format.

3. Set Video Resolution at 1080p

Click “Settings” button; you can adjust video and audio settings, including codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, and audio channel. To down-convert ultra HD 4K to 1080p, do remember adjusting video size to 1920*1080. That is the exact 108p.

4. Start 4K conversion

Hit “Convert” button to start downscaling 4K to 1080p for Windows Media Player. After conversion, check the generated 1080pvideo, you will certainly be satisfied with its final video quality. Now it’s easier to playback your 4K video clips in Windows Media Player on Windows 7/8/10.

Related Guide:

5 Best Free Video Converter for Windows (Windows 10 included)

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