Vlc – open source 4k video player for windows 10

There are many media players available on the internet amongst them is the VLC player for Windows. The most surprising thing that people don’t know about the open source media player is its full form, which is Video LAN Client. The most downloaded video player developed by the VideoLAN is cross-platform software which is present on all the operating system including android, iOS etc.

VLC player can support multiple video and audio formats including .mp3 .flv .mp4 .3GP .mkv etc and maximum resolution of 8K. Besides having a simple interface the VLC media Player provides a bunch of options that is not made available in other software for example the Windows player does not support .srt files for displaying subtitles during the playing of the video. Other than these minute small features the other features that VLC media player are as follows:

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Firstly we are going to discuss about the audio option of the player. Which if I may quote the options are audio track, audio device and stereo mode. The first sub option which is the audio track option provides all the supported audio tracks options being installed by the video other than the different audio track there is also a disable option which is other than the mute button. The second sub option is the selection of the audio device which in simple words is to select the output speakers which the user may find better for ones use. The last sub option is the stereo option which allows you to decide which side of the speakers the person will be using.

Offline installer links for Windows 32, 64 Bit, Mac OS

Windows 64Bit 41MB


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Second menu option that is provided for the user is video option. The many of the sub menu options available are the full screen option, aspect ratio, zoom option. Other than the mentioned option the most useful options available are to take snapshots and to make the current screen as the desktop wallpaper, which yes is a very useful option for the people that do want to record a specific scene that he or she likes. We are also allowed to decide the video track if made available with file, for example a 3d and non 3d version of the same video may be available.

The most minimal used option is the tool menu available having the sub menu options like the filters and effects, track synchronization, media information etc. for the people who do not know what does media information sub option contains is the information about the video file that you are currently playing which is also known as the meta data of a file.

To sum it up I would like to say that VLC player is the best open source light weight media player that is available on the web.

Whats new in 3.0.1 version for all OS ?

– Playback improvements for AV1, adaptive streaming, DVD, TTML, MP4, Teletext and 708 subtitles and VP9 codec; Improvements for macOS Catalina integration and fixes for important security issues in VLC and 3rd party libraries.

– Zero-copy GStreamer video decoding and other zero-copy GPU improvements.

– Security improvements added in latest 3.0.8 version
– HTTP/2 support.
– Improved UPnP support.
– Adaptive streaming support.
– Early work on Wayland support with the basics covered but it looks like more improved support will be in VLC 4.0.
– Optional systemd support.
– Support for network browsing with Samba, FTP/SFTP, NFS, and other protocols.
– There is also support for HDMI passthrough for audio HD codecs.
– Support for output renderers including Google Chromecast.
– Initial support for 360 video/audio.
– Better VA-API support including 10-bit handing, HEVC, and direct rendering support.
– A variety of new decoders and demuxers.
– Linux/BSD builds now use OpenGL video output by default rather than XVideo.
– VLC also now supports direct rendering with OpenGL using GL 4.4.

Windows 32Bit 29MB

Windows 64Bit 30MB


With the new technical preview of you can now play 360 degree videos with ease and here is a sample picture of the same

sufer winsurfer macPlease note that it’s not in stable channel yet, so you may see some hiccups while running these kind of videos in your systems and only 32Bit version is available now

360-Degree Technical Preview

Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 31.88MB

MAC OS Sierra, X 26.75MB

Sample Video Links

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Surfers, stream now

In order to control the playing media you can use your mouse and keyboard. Features like Zoom, Little planet and Reverse little planet are also available in the exe, dmg package.

Summary: Are your 4K videos lagging, stuttering, or not playing at all in VLC Media Player? Here are the various methods to make your 4K ultra HD videos play smoothly in VLC Media Player. This post also shares how Stellar Repair for Video can repair 4K videos if they turn corrupt and don’t play in any media player including VLC.

8 Methods to Play 4K Ultra HD Video in VLC Player 8 Methods to Play 4K Ultra HD Video in VLC Player

Recording high-definition 4K videos is the new norm. You have all the latest cameras — DSLRs, action cameras, drone cameras or even mobile phones — supporting 4K resolution.

The 4K UHD video content is gradually making inroads into TV channels and streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Sling TV, and Hulu etc.

In such a scenario, you would want your highly compatible and thus favorite VLC Player to play all your 4K movies and videos. However, several VLC users complain that they cannot play 4K ultra HD videos in the media player, with lagging and stuttering reported as common issues.

So here, we bring the various methods you can use to fix VLC 4K lag and play high definition videos in  the media player.

Methods to play 4K ultra HD videos in VLC Media Player

  1. Update VLC Media player
  2. Increase Cache Value
  3. Change Video Output Settings
  4. Disable Hardware-accelerated Decoding
  5. Change ‘Skip H.264 in-loop Deblocking Filter’ Setting
  6. Update Graphics Card Drivers
  7. Convert to compress 4K UHD videos
  8. Repair corrupt 4K UHD videos

The VLC Media Player, in its latest version 3.0, comes with better support and capabilities for playing 4K UHD videos. Therefore, the first step to  fix  VLC 4K media playability issues is to download the latest version of VLC 3.0 Media Player and try it out to watch high-definition videos without any disturbance.

2. Increase Cache Value

This method works when your 4K UHD videos stutter or lag in VLC Media Player. Try increasing the Cache Values in the software settings.

Note: If you do not find Cache option in your VLC Player, update it.

Steps to increase Cache Value in VLC Media Player:

  • Open Tools > Preferences
  • In Show settings,select the All option

Steps to increase Cache Value in VLC Media Player

Figure: Show settings option in Preferences window

  • In Advanced settings, click Input / Codecs
  • Under the Advanced heading, change the value of File caching (ms) from 300 to a higher value like 10,000 or 20,000.

Tip: you can also change Network caching (ms) and Disc caching (ms) to higher values and check which one setting works best to fix 4K videos issues.

3. Change Video Output Settings

For many users, switching the video output to DirectX DirectDraw or OpenGL makes the 4K HD videos playable in VLC Media Player.

Steps to change Video Output settings in VLC Player:

  • Click on Tools > Preferences> Video
  • Under Video Settingsin Output, change Automatic to DirectX (DirectDraw) video output. You can also try OpenGL.
  • Click Save 

4. Disable Hardware-accelerated Decoding

With hardware accelerated decoding, the task of playing certain videos (usually H.264 MP4 videos) is taken off from CPU and handed over to GPU of your computer. VLC Media Player can use computer’s GPU to accelerate decoding of some type of video codec streams. If you are facing video problem in playing any 4k video file in VLC, try once by disabling the hardware-accelerated decoding.

Steps to disable hardware-accelerated decoding:

  • Open VLC Media Player.
  • Click on Tool > Preference>Input /
  • Click on box across the Hardware-accelerated Decoding option and choose Disable.

Steps to disable hardware-accelerated decoding

Figure: Hardware-accelerated Decoding option

  • Click Save Next restart VLC Player and play 4K video.

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

One way to fix video lagging while playing high-definition video files in VLC is by changing ‘skip h.264 in-loop deblocking filter’ setting to ‘All’. Although this will lower the video quality but make the playback smooth.

Steps to change ‘skip h.264 in-loop deblocking filter’:

  • Open VLC Media Player.
  • Click Tool > Preference>Input / Codecs.
  • Go to Skip H.264 in-loop deblocking filter option, and change it to All.

Steps to change ‘skip h.264 in-loop deblocking filter’

  • Click Save. Restart VLC player to play 4K video again.

You can update graphics card drivers by using Windows Update feature. Simply go to Start menu. Click on Settings > Update and Security and click Check for Updates button. This will automatically perform regular Windows Updates and also check for new drivers.

Windows - Update Graphics Card Drivers

Figure: Check for updates in Windows update window

You can directly update drivers by visiting the manufacturer’s website and follow the graphic card driver update guide. For instance, Nvidia users can refer Nvidia Update from here.

7. Convert to compress 4K UHD videos

Even when your computer meets the intensive graphics and processor requirement, large-sized 4K videos may not play in VLC. You can compress your videos to a smaller size with the help of online video compressor tools.

These tools can convert and compress 4K UHD videos like H.264 MP4, MOV, AVI, etc. to HD format for smooth playback on VLC Player.

8. Repair corrupt 4K UHD videos

None of the above methods worked?

Then your videos might have gone corrupted. To rule out the video damage or corruption issue, try to play them in another supporting media player like 5KPlayer or DivX Player. If they still do not play, then you need to repair your 4K UHD videos with a secure video repair tool such as Stellar Repair for Video.

Watch the Video on “How to Repair a Corrupt Videos” with Stellar Repair for Video

Steps to repair 4K HD videos not playing in VLC Media Player:

  • Download Stellar Repair for Videoon your Mac or Windows system.
  • Click on Add File to add problem video file.
  • Click on Repair.
  • Preview and click on Save Repaired Files.

The software can easily repair high-definition 4K video files that got corrupt during any of the several stages of video production namely shoot, file transfer, editing, converting or processing of videos etc.

It is a widely used video repair software, which has up to 30% faster repair speed compared to other repair programs. Once repaired, you can seamlessly play your 4K video in VLC Media Player.

To Sum Up

You love VLC as a free and open source Media Player. However, the player might annoy you when it comes to watching 4K ultra HD videos and movies.

Rather than half-heartedly switching over to a new media player, try out the above methods and play your 4K videos smoothly in your all-time favorite VLC Media Player.

Also read

How to Repair Corrupt MP4 and MOV File using VLC

How to Fix Video Lag, Stutter or Glitches?

About The Author

Sumona Chatterjee

Sumona is a tech blogger, avid photographer, & technogeek with vast experience in writing about media file recovery tips and tutorials. She has over 10 years of experience in media file recovery/media file repair technology. She is passionate about Photography, Creative Designing, Music, and Exploring lesser-known destinations.

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