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Windows Media Player Won't Play 4K Video- Solution


More and more 4K content comes out. Besides watching 4K movie on Ultra HDTV, you may also have the intention to play 4K videos on computer. For Windows users, most guys would try to open and play 4K with Windows Media Player, but the result may let them down- Windows Media Player can't handle 4K media. And in the article, we'd like to share an easy way to fast solve 4K and Windows Media Player incompatible issues. Read on to learn how to.

Based on our testing, we found there are two factors that matter for whether Windows Media Player can play 4K files like 4K MP4 on a PC:

a. Operating system - Windows 8.1.
b. Processor - Intel third or fourth generation. AMD processors may have problems; older Intel chips may have problems.

If you do not have both, just switch to the solution we recommend below.

Since the majority of playback, editing work is still being finished in 1080p, in most cases, we still need to downscale 4K to 1080p or 2K properly. For playing 4K files with Windows Media Player perfectly, downsize 4K to 1080p and convert 4K files to WMP friendly format are two necessary parts. To achieve the goal, Brorsoft Video Converter is considered to be the best choice.

Overall, this 4K Ultra HD video converter is surely in the support of compressing 4K UHD videos to 1080p, 2k faultlessly. Plus, this 4K video converter enables you to transcode 4K videos to any format MP4, MOV, WMV, FLV, MPG, AVI, MKV... as you want. Thanks to the built-in video editor, you can trim, crop and retouch your videos in clicks. Just with it, you can convert 4K MP4, MOV, MXF to Windows Media Player for playback beautifully at your will.

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Convert and Downscale 4K for Windows Media Player

STEP 1. Load 4K Videos

Launch the best 4K Video Converter; click "Add" and load your 4K files in .mxf, .mp4, .mov, etc. Or directly drag and drip your 4K source to the program.


STEP 2. Choose output format

Click the Format menu, select Windows Media Player friendly format as your output video format. There, you can take WMV as your output video format.


STEP 3. Set Video Resolution at 1080p

Click "Settings" button; you can adjust video and audio settings, including codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, and audio channel. To down-convert ultra HD 4K to 1080p, do remember adjusting video size to 1920*1080. That is the exact 108p.


STEP 4. Start 4K conversion

Finally, hit "Convert" button to start downconverting 4K to 1080p for Windows Media Player. After conversion, check the generated 1080p video, you will certainly be satisfied with its final video quality.

It would be easy to playback your 4K video clips in Windows Media Player on Windows 7/8/10. Enjoy.

Additional Tips:
If you wanna an alternative to Windows Media Player to view 4K media content, you can refer to this roundup of best 5 4K UHD video players for Windows/Mac and choose a preferred one.

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