VLC MP4 Codec- Open and Play MP4 in VLC Smoothly

Published on by Chris King

VLC unable to play MP4 files? MP4 file no audio in VLC media player? Read this article to get the solution.

VLC MP4 Codec- Open and Play MP4 in VLC Smoothly
VLC unable to play MP4 files? MP4 file no audio in VLC media player? Read this article to get the solution.

I have some MP4 files stored on my PC, when I drag it to VLC, the media player won't open and play certain of them. I have scoured the internet, tried everything I could find about the MP4 in VLC playback issue. Possible solutions to playing MP4 in VLC are presented as below.

> Situation 1: May be the MP4 Video is corrupt or fake

Solution: There is no solution considering the VLC Aspects. All you need is to download the correct MP4 Video, which is not corrupt and which may be working fine.

> Situation 2: May be VLC "video output modes" is set wrong.

Solution: In this condition, all you need is to configure X Server correctly. Just see the screenshot for the same.

Open VLC, go to Tools, and click on Preferences. Go to Video section and enable Video, in case it is un-clicked. Then Check the box for Window decorations, if it is un-clicked. Then set the Output drop-down menu to X11 video output (XCB) and save the changes and restart your VLC Player for the changes to come effective.

> Situation 3: The MP4 video codec problem! MP4 is a container video format which may contain number of audio, video, and even subtitle streams. If an MP4 file contains a VLC incompatible video codec, it will fail to play in VLC.

Solution: Convert the MP4 files to VLC most compatible format.

First download and install Brorsoft Video Converter

Overall, it is a professional software helping you to transcode MP4 files(no matter downloaded online, captured from GoPro, Sony XDCAM EX series camcorders) to any common video formats like AVI, MKV, MPG, WMV... And it has preset the optimized settings for the different output format and players. Users can feel free to specify the target files. With it, you can fast convert MP4 to AVI that can be easily played in VLC by downloading a codec like DivX codec. If you are Mac users, please turn to the equivalent Mac version named Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac to transcode .mp4 files to VLC on Mac OS X (Sierra, El Capitan included).

Tutorial: Convert MP4 for playback in VLC 

Step 1. Load MP4 movies 

Run the software and then import your MP4 files onto the interface by convenient drag-and-drop feature. You can add several videos for converting at one time as this video converter supports batch conversion. 


Step 2. Set output format 

Click on "Format" bar to select output format. Here you can choose to encode MP4 to .avi, .mov, for playing with VLC. 


Tip: By clicking "Settings" icon, you can enter "Profile Settings" panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels. 

Step 3. Start converting MP4 to VLC format 

In the end, you just need to click the "Convert" button start the conversion. After the conversion done, you can get the output videos played in VLC easily with HD quality.
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