Suffering lagging issues playing 4K video files on your Windows PC? This is probably because your Windows computer doesn’t have enough power to handle 4K media. Fortunately, there are workarounds to solve the issue. Learn how to play 4K videos on a Windows PC without lag.
4K video playback on my Windows PC is lagging
“Hi all, I have a HP PC which is working very fine for me. Everything is fine and smooth … except 4K video playback. I Can read all videos up to 1080p fluently, however, all 4K video I shot on iPhone 7 are lagging: frames are freezing every seconds. Same result if I play the 4K video within VLC, 5K player, windows media player, GOM Player and so many other ones. I know my computer has a ‘small’ video performance … however, I would not expect 4K playback to lag like this. Is this same for everyone? Or shall I do something to solve the lagging issue? If anyone suffers the same way and solve this, I would be more than happy to read…Thanks.”
To be able to play 4K video on a Windows PC without lagging or stuttering issues, you would need a much stronger computer and a media player that is able to decode your video codec. Some media players use hardware decoding for smooth playback but cannot extract full potential from your hardware because media players are not allowed to modify your system graphics and power plan settings. If you can’t upgrade your hardware then you will need to down-convert your 4K video to 1080p for smooth playback. Through this method, you will be able to fix 4K media jerky, choppy, and lagging issues on Windows machines.
How to down-convert 4K video to 1080p for playing on a Windows PC smoothly without slightest hiccup?
Here’s what you need
HD Video Converter
This video converter supports transcoding 4K, 2K, Full HD 1080p/1080i, HD 720p and SD video files in format of AVCHD, MTS, M2T, M2TS, TS, MXF, MKV, H.264, H.265/HEVC, VP8/VP9, P2 MXF, AVI, MP4, WMV, M4V, etc. to any formats you request.
Follow these steps:
Step 1: Start up HD Video Converter as the best 4K to 1080p converter for Windows, and click ‘Add File’ to load your source files.
Step 2: Click “Profile” to select output format
If your hardware can only handle 1080p, we would recommend choosing “HD H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Video (*.mp4)” as target format under ‘HD Video’ column.
Important: If you’ve loaded a number of video clips to do batch conversion, please do remember ticking off ‘Apply to All’ option before you start.
Step 3: Adjust video and audio settings (optional)
If necessary, you can click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profiles Settings’ panel to modify video and audio settings like video encoder, resolution, video bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio encoder, sample rate, audio bit rate, and audio channels. 3D settings are also available.
Step 4: Click ‘Convert’ to start 4k to 1080p conversion for your Windows PC.
As soon as the conversion is complete, you can click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated files for playing on you mobile devices with optimum performance.
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