How to Play 4K Video in VLC Easily

VLC media player doesn’t play 4K videos? Just read this article to find the best solution.


Q: “I have a 4K video in an mp4 container (H.264). VLC media player would not play it fluidly (though I suppose it’s normal). Any solution for me to get rid the trouble?”

Of course, there is a quick solution for you including the above user to open and play 4K video in VLC with ease. Now I share below.

In fact, VLC has offered 4K playback support, but with limits. Even if you can add a 4K video to VLC media player, it is still an exercise in frustration- content on the display appeared tiny. What you can do is to scale the 4K resolution and tweaking a setting. What’s more, if your 4K videos in a VLC unsupported format like .tivo, .xavc, .xavc s, it won’t work at all. In this case, what you need is to convert 4K video to VLC playable format first.

To resolve all the issues, we can recommend you Brorsoft 4K Video Converter, which is an all-in-one tool that can help you to convert and downscale 4K videos within one stop. Overall, this program is a completely professional 4K video converter and player. Just like the way it is dealing with 1080p videos, it is surely in the support of converting 4K videos in any formats faultlessly. With it, you can fast convert 4K Ultra HD videos in MP4, MKV, MXF, XAVC, WMV, AVI, or any other extension to VLC playable format with least quality loss. Plus, this 4K video converting software provides the optimal presets for portable devices like iPad, iPhone, Galaxy Tablet, Surface Tablet, Kindle Fire HDX; editing programs like Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, etc for better enjoying, editing 4K files. It is also available to customize the output resolutions to any size the users want.

If you are a Mac user, please turn to 4K Video Converter for Mac to ensure perfect 4K playback in VLC.

How get 4K files Playable in VLC with ease

Step 1: Install and launch this best 4K Video Converter; click the Add button to import the 4K files to the converter.

Step 2: Click Format bar to choose output format and you can choose MP4, AVI, MKV or other common formats. Here we choose “HD Video -> AVI HD Video (*.avi)” as example, which is supported by nearly all player and portable devices.

Step 3: You can adjust the parameters by clicking “settings” button, choose the resolution, bitrate, frame rate as you want.

Step 4: Click Convert button to start encoding 4K files to VLC player.

After the conversion, tap the Open icon in the main interface and you can locate the converted files there. Just add the files to your VLC, and you can play the converted/downscaled 4K video on VLC easily without any issues.

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