Having problems playing 4K HEVC files in VLC? As a high efficiency compression standard usually used for video, HEVC requires much more computer power, especially when it’s 4K. To be able to play 4K x265/H.265 files with VLC on your computer that is not powerful enough , we would recommend transcoding them to H.264 MP4 first.
4K HEVC stutters in VLC on my Windows 10 PC
“Hello, when I play a .mkv HEVC movie on my Windows 10 PC through VLC player, it stutters, freezes and sometimes crashes. VLC takes 100% of my CPU. What can I do to solve the issue?”
HEVC, also known as H.265, it is the successor of the now universally used AVC/H.264. It is a high efficiency compression standard that can support resolutions up to 8192×4320 and 8K UHD. HEVC has been designed with the aim of reducing the bitrate in video while maintaining the same quality at the cost of greater computational complexity. To play 4K HEVC files smoothly, you need a high-end computer. If you have a weaker or older computer, you may run into choppy playback issue. If that’s the case, you’d better convert 4K HEVC files to H.264 MP4 first for a smooth playback experience.
How to convert 4K HEVC to H.264 MP4 for playing with VLC?
Here’s what you need
HD Video Converter (it works well as an HEVC converter, please download the proper version depending on your computer’s OS)
Step 1: Start up HD Video Converter as the best HEVC converter for VLC. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ button to import your source files.
Step 2: Select output format
This converter features a number of output formats, you can select your requested one as target format. To convert 4K HEVC files for VLC, you can choose ‘HD H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Video (*.mp4)’ as target format under ‘HD Video’ column.
1. This converter supports batch conversion, so you can load multiple files to it for conversion at a time.
2.By ticking off ‘Merge into one file’ option, you can combine the selected video clips into a single file.
3.If your computer supports H.264 4K, you can choose “4K Video” > “4K H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Video (*.mp4)” as target format.
Step 3: Custom video and audio settings (Optional)
Click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profile Settings’ window to custom video and audio settings if necessary.
Step 4: Start transcoding 4K HEVC files for VLC
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start format conversion. As soon as the conversion is complete, you can click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated H.264 MP4 files for playing on VLC with very good quality. Nothing could be simpler or more immediate.
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