4K Videos Not Playing? Try These Fixes.

Megha Sharma Megha Sharma Updated On - 24 Oct 2019

With the introduction of ultra HD resolution, 4K videos are much in use nowadays. A large number of professional as well as personal videos are recorded and saved in 4K. Such high-definition videos demand certain system requirements. So, many times users trying to run these trending 4K videos (lately the popular Netflix, Amazon Prime videos), get issues like choppiness, stuttering, crashing, lagging, freezing, etc.

Get Your 4K Videos Issues Fixed With These Manual Solutions

If you are also facing issues in running 4K videos, then you are reading the right blog. Here, we will guide you with some solutions which can resolve the issues while running 4K videos.

  1. Check & update system specifications
  2. For ultra-high-definition 4K videos, certain system requirements are mandatory (software and hardware). Let us have a look at the common specifications to run a 4K resolution video smoothly in your PC.

    • Enough Hard Disk space – For example, 150GB for a 3 hours movie
    • Video memory & GPU frequencies – 6000MHz and approx. 1100MHz respectively
    • RAM – minimum 4GB
    • Monitor or Projector – 4K supported
    • Processor decoding ability should be more than or equal to 15
  3. Perform Necessary Updates
  4. If you want a flawless view of high-resolution videos, just confirm that you are working with the latest updates whether its Windows, video media player or graphics drivers.

    • Enable Automatic Updates for your Windows through Control Panel
    • Get the updated version for the Graphics Driver
    • Update the current Power Plan to High-Performance plan by visiting Control Panel ? Hardware and Sound ? Options
    • Use compatible Video Media players for 4K Videos, update them regularly
    • Use HDMI cable supporting higher bandwidth for 4K Video files
  5. Solutions for Videos not working with VLC Media Player
  6. If you are trying to open 4K videos with VLC Media player and getting the aforesaid issues, just try the below solutions to get the issue resolved.

    1. Enable Hardware Acceleration
    2. Doing this could resolve the lagging, freezing issues with the video file by increasing streaming, filtering, and decoding speeds. Before trying this solution, it should be confirmed that the system is installed with the latest drivers.
      Open the installed VLC Media player on your system. Go to Tools ? Preferences.

      Check Preferences in VLC

      In the opened page, click Input/Codecs icon and then choose the desired option from the displayed drop-down list under Hardware-accelerated decoding option.

      Input/Codecs

    3. Enable Hardware Decoding
    4. Configuring or enabling hardware decoding to Automatic, Direct could be another solution to get rid of any problem related to 4K videos. On VLC Media player, navigate to Tools ? Preferences. On the Simple References page, select All options under Show settings at the bottom of the page. Then on the Advanced Preferences page, move to Input/Codecs ? Video codecs ? FFmpeg. In Hardware decoding dropdown, select the desired decoding options from the list. Finally, click Save.

      Check FFmpeg Method

    5. Modify Video Output Settings
    6. It is a trial & error method – change the current video output settings to Direct or OpenGL and check if the video plays after that. You just need to open VLC Media player, go to Tools option and select Preferences. Then switch to Video option and under the Output section, select the desired output settings and click Save to save the settings. Now, run the 4K video and check if the issue is fixed.

  7. Repair Corrupt 4K Videos
  8. Not only the file size or big resolution, but the corruption in the video due to any random reason also could lead to 4K video issues. In that case, you need to repair corrupt video files. For this, we suggest you a one-stop video repair solution – Kernel Video Repair Tool which supports almost all video file formats – MP4, MOV, MPEG, MJPEG, MTS, M4V, MKV, AVI, AVCHD, WEBM, ASF, WMV, FLV, DIVX, 3G2, TS, 3GP, F4V file formats of any size and resolution from any device. The repair process is quick and is accomplished without loss of original quality; it even features a remarkable preview feature to view video files before saving the repaired file. The solution considered as best video repair tool of 2019 and is highly recommended for its compatibility, repairing ability, simple interface, and advanced features.

Conclusion

High-resolution videos need advanced settings and system requirements to play without issues; otherwise they would not play or open. If you miss any of these settings or requirements, you can set them appropriately to fix the issues related to 4K video playing. But if 4K video files are corrupted, you need an advanced video repair solution – Kernel Video Repair – to repair the corrupt video files.