Play DJI Phantom 4 4K Video in VLC Media Player

Published on by Chris King

Failed to play DJI Phantom 4 4K footage in VCL media player? Just read this article and you will find possible solutions to solve the issue.

Play DJI Phantom 4 4K Video in VLC Media Player
DJI Phantom 4 can record videos in MOV format up to 4K resolution, but playing those super smooth and high definition videos is a Herculean task and can transform into an agony when you a lack a super computer. Some guys try VLC to open Phantom 4 4k footage, but the result let them down- VLC won't play Phantom 4 4K videos. If you want to play DJI Phantom 4 4K video with VLC smoothly, you'd better read on to find something useful you want.

Since Phantom 4 will not take usable 4K video playing on VLC, how to fix VLC not play Phantom 4 4K videos error. Well, we've worked out 3 possible ways to help you view DJI Phantom 4 4k files in VLC with ease.

Method 1. Update your VLC to 2.1.0 version

As is known, with preparation for Ultra-HD video and a special care to support more formats, 2.1.0 is a major upgrade for VLC. Download it here and re-open your DJI Phantom 4 4K videos in VLC Player for 4K video playback.

Note: Based on our testing, although version 2.1.0 of VLC offers 4K playback support, it still does not support 4K video from DJI Phantom 4 playback perfectly: there is stutters, not showing audio, etc issues.

Method 2. Use top 4K video player as VLC alternative

5KPlayer (Free)
Platform: Windows & Mac

If a winner is to be named, we would like to recommend 5KPlayer, a free 4K media player which is designed to work under PC and Mac to smoothly play videos in 4K uhd 3840x2160, HD 1080p/720p, MKV, AVI, as well as play 360 virtual reality videos. Besides the ability to play UHD videos, it also features download & airplay knacks. If you don't know how to play 4K videos on your computer, this video player for 4K videos will be a good choice.

Media Player Classic + K-Lite Codec Pack (Free)
Platform: Windows

When it comes to 4k UHD players, Media Player Classic is not-to-be-missed. MPC is an extremely light-weight, open source media player, which unfortunately, runs on Windows only. It supports all common video and audio file formats available for playback, including 4k videos, HEVC H265 videos playback. However, as the MPC itself comes with no 4k playback ability, you will have to install the K-Lite Codec Pack first. Then you can play 4K videos with it.

Note: Based on our testing, even with a 4K video player, Phantom 4 4k video playback still lags sometimes.

Method 3.  Convert DJI Phantom 4 4K footage to VLC most friendly file type

Based on our testing, we found 1080p MKV, AVI, MOV, MP4 are more compatible with VLC and can be played by VLC more simply. Therefore, the ultimate solution to play Phantom 4 4K videos with VLC while avoiding sound and stutter problems is to convert Phantom 4 4K to VLC native video formats. Brorsoft 4K Video Converter is an awesome video converter, which concentrates on offering simplest, fastest and all-in-one solution to convert and downscale DJI Phantom 4 4K to VLC within steps.

Review: Like the way it is dealing with 1080p videos, this 4K video converter is surely in the support of converting DJI Phantom 4 4K MOV and other SD/HD/4K Ultra HD videos in MKV, MP4, AVCHD, H.265, MXF, TS, XAVC, XAVC S, XAVC-L, WMV, AVI, or any other extension to VLC playable format with delivering high video & audio quality. Plus, this 4K video converting software provides the optimal presets for portable devices like iPad, iPhone, Galaxy Tablet, Surface Tablet, Kindle Fire HDX; editing programs like Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid MC, etc for better enjoying, editing 4K files. It is also available to customize the output resolutions to any size the users want. For Mac users, turn to 4K Video Converter for Mac to ensure perfect 4K playback with VLC on Mac(macOS Sierra, El Capitan included).

Guide: Convert the Phantom 4 4K MOV for Playing with VLC

Step 1: Add Phantom 4 4K videos

Copy your Phantom 4 4K MOV to hard drive and locate local 4K files, then drag them directly onto the 4K video converter interface.

Step 2: Select output format

Click Format bar to choose output format and you can choose MP4, AVI, MKV or other common formats. Here we choose "HD Video -> AVI HD Video (*.avi)" as example, which is supported by nearly all player and portable devices.

Tip: To adjust video and audio parameters like codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, you could click on "Settings" button. You are allowed to compress 4K to 1080p for VLC smoothly playing.

Step 3: Begin the conversion

Click "Start conversion" button to start Phantom 4 4K video conversion for VLC in no time.

Once finished, you can get the output files for via clicking on Open button effortlessly. Afterwards, you can import these converted 4K files in VLC Player for playing without any limits.

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