If you experience troubles playing VP9 videos in VLC player, you may wish to read this post. It explains a workaround to convert VP9 files for playing through VLC player with optimum performance.
Can’t play VP9 files in VLC player
“Hi there, I am not able to play VP9 files in VLC media player. I get an error message like this:
I need to play these VP9 videos no matter which player/method. Can anyone suggest a solution to fix the problem? Thanks in advance.”
To make unsupported VP9 files playable on VLC, the simple solution is to convert them to a format that is compatible with VLC, such as H.264 MP4. To do this, you will need a video converter that is able to handle VP9 files. Here’s a simple guide displaying how to encode VP9 files for playing with VLC player.
How to convert VP9 files for playing with VLC?
Here’s what you need
HD Video Converter
To convert VP9 files on a Mac machine, please try Video Converter Ultimate for Mac.
Step 1: Start up HD Video Converter as the best VP9 Converter for VLC. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ to load your video files. You can load multiple files at a time. To join the imported video files into one, simply tick off the checkbox before ‘Merge into one file’.
Step 2: Select H.264 MP4 as output format
Form ‘Profile’ list, choose ‘HD Video’ > ‘HD H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Video (*.mp4)’ as output format.
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: Custom video and audio settings
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: Start converting vp9 video for VLC player
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start format conversion. As soon as the conversion is complete, you can click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the exported H.264 MP4 files for playback within VLC without a hassle.
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