How to Play MP4 in VLC
Does VLC play MP4 files? In most cases, it does. But occasionally, you can come across such a thorny problem like the man below:
"I have an MP4 video which I can play with Windows Media Player, but VLC couldn't play it. I tried re-installing the latest VLC but no luck."
-A user from videohelp.com
MP4 is a multimedia container format. Different MP4 files are encoded with different video codecs. If your MP4 file is not a "fake" or corrupt MP4 file, that may be a video codec problem. You can try other media player to play your MP4 files. However, if you are used to VLC media player, you can convert MP4 to a VLC fully supported format for smooth playback.
Wondershare Video Converter ( Video Converter for Mac ) is a great help. It allows you to convert MP4 to almost any popular audio and video ouput formats, even devices. And also, it lets you adjust some important video parameters like video encoder, resolution, bit rate and frame rate. The article here will mainly show you how to solve the MP4's incompatibility in detail, so you can play MP4 on VLC without any trouble.
1 Import MP4 files to this MP4 to VLC converter
Run this app, and click the button in the main menu. Then, you can select the MP4 files from your computer to import to this program. Or, directly find the MP4 files you want on the computer, and then import them to this app's pane by drap-and-drop.
Note: There is a file path at the bottom of this window. If need, you can click the "..." button to re-set the output folder. Or the converted files will be stored in the default folder.
2 Choose a VLC supported format
Just choose a VLC supported format in its output format. To do it, you just hit the format image icon on Output Format pane, and then go to the "Format" category to choose the format you want, such as WMV.
This app also gives you the ability to set video encoder, resolution, bit rate and frame rate. If you want to change these video parameters, just hit the gear shape option at the bottom of the Output Format pane.
3 Convert MP4 to VLC
Just start MP4 to VLC video conversion by hitting the "Convert" option at the lower-right corner of this program's main interface. This app will complete this job in a minute. After that, import the output file to VLC media player. You'll find VLC can play the file without any trouble.