Have problem to play 4K video with VLC media player due to the format incompatible issues or suffer 4K video stuttering issues when view them with VLC media player, the following article will offer you two solutions to help you to realize 4K video playback on VLC Player!
Solution 1: Try to use VLC alternative to play 4K video
VLC can't satisfy your demands to smoothly playback 4K video, the good news is that there are other powerful 4K Video player alternative to perfectly handle 4K video playback.
Top 1: Media Player Classic and K-Lite Codec Pack
By installing Media Player Classic as well as the K-Lite Codec Pack, you can play 4K videos with Media Player Classic. The lightweight nature of MPC itself allows the software to be used on even the oldest of computers - although to playback in 4K video you will require a more powerful system.
Top 2: Divx Player
DivX Player is another HD video player, supporting high-quality video playback up to 4K. It is optimized for playing videos in MKV, HEVC (H.265), AVI, MP4, DIVX and more. While playing 4K videos via DivX, you can fast forward or rewind to your wanted time point quickly, select chapter, create playlist based on your own needs, and switch seamlessly among soundtracks to hear other languages. And Resume Play enables you to jump right back into the scene you left off quickly.
Top 3: Sony 4K Ultra HD Media Player
It is able to download 4K movies，stream Netflix in 4K resolution and playback 4K media contents. It brings much more than its price suggests, with a price of $699.99.
If you fail to open certain 4K video with VLC Media Player or still suffer video lagging or stuttering issue when playing 4K video with above listed 4K video player, then it is essential for you to download a 4K Video Converter to convert 4K video to VLC best compatible file formats.
Solution 2: Convert 4K Video to VLC with 4K Video Converter
Since the majority of playback 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 to fit your VLC Player. Plus, this professional 4k video converter - Pavtube Video Converter features strong ability to compressing 4K UHD videos to 1080p, 2k faultlessly and converting 4K UHD videos to MP4, MOV, AVI, WMV, MPEG4, H264, MKV and other existing video types. 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.
Convert & Downscale 4K to VLC Media Player for playback
For Mac users, you can download Pavtube Video Converter for Mac to convert and compress 4K to VLC on macOS Sierra or its previous version.
Step by Step to Convert 4K Video for VLC Playback
Step 1: Load 4K Videos.
Launch the 4K to VLC Converter; click "Add" and load your 4K HD files. Or directly drag and drip your 4K source to the program.
Step 2: Choose output format
Press the drop-down box named "Profile" and select a format you need for VLC Player. There are several options that include MPEG-2, WMV, MPEG-4, MKV and many others each designed with their own encoding types.
Tips: And by clicking Edit, you can trim, crop videos, adjust video effects, add watermarks, etc.
Step 3: Set Video Resolution at 1080p or 2K
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 1080p. If you want to downsize 4k to 2k, you are advised to set video size as 2048×1080.
Step 4: Start 4K to VLC conversion
Hit "Convert" button to start downscaling and encoding 4K files for 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 4K videos on VLC easily without any issues.
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