How to Play 4K Video in QuickTime
There are more and more 4K videos that we can access such as from professional 4K camcorders(Panasonic GH4, Sony AX100), famous streaming video hosting sites(YouTube, Vimeo) and others. When you got some 4K videos, you may wanna play them on computer, mobile or portable devices. Well, in this article we focus on how to play 4K video in QuickTime on computer, as there are many users are facing the trouble viewing 4K in QuickTime player.
Q1: QuickTime 7/X player can't play 4K
I have a 4K video in an mp4 container (H.264). QT player 7 would not play it fluidly (though I suppose it's normal) and QT player X just shows a black screen. Can I not play a 4K H.264 video on my system?
Q2: Can't view 4K video in QuickTime
I'm on mountain lion 10.8.5 and recently my friend gave me a 4K resolution video. When I used QuickTime player, the video is very sharp and some of the text in it can't be seen correctly.
In fact, Apple has offered 4K playback support on OS X Mavericks, but with limits. Even if you can add a 4K video to QuickTime player, it is still an exercise in frustration- content on the display appeared tiny. What you can do is to scale the 4K resolution and tweaking a setting. What's more, if your 4K videos in a Mac unsupported format, it won't work at all. In this case, what you need is to convert 4K video to QuickTime playable format first. To resolve all the issues, we can recommend you Brorsoft 4K Video Converter Mac, which is an all-in-one tool that can help you to convert and downscale 4K videos within one stop.
Overall, this program is a completely professional 4K video converter and player. Just like the way it is dealing with 1080p videos, it is surely in the support of converting 4K videos in any formats faultlessly. With it, you can fast convert 4K Ultra HD videos in MP4, MKV, MXF, XAVC, WMV, AVI, or any other extension to QuickTime playable format with least quality loss. 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, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, 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 Windows users, turn to 4K Video Converter to ensure perfect 4K playback.
(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)
How to play, view 4K videos in QuickTime Player
STEP 1. Load 4K footage
Launch the 4K to QuickTime Converter Mac. Drag & drop 4K files to the program directly and your files would be added instantaneously. Or you can head to the "Add" button to locate the 4K videos you want to add.
STEP 2. Select output format
Click format you choose MOV as target format. This video app offers the QuickTime Movie Format for you. Or, you can also choose "Common Video -> MOV - QuickTime (*.mov)" as the output format.
STEP 3. Tweak video, audio settings
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 for easier playback, you just need to adjust video size to 1920*1080.
STEP 4. Start 4K to QuickTime conversion
Hit the "Convert" button to let this smart converter start encoding 4K to QuickTime .mov on Mac OS X. When the conversion is done, you can play the converted 4K videos in QuickTime player without hassle.
Additional Tips: Some guys recommend third-party 4K video player apps like VLC, DivX Player, Media Player Classic, but all of them can't be an ultimate solution for all 4K videos. Based on out testing, we found VLC can't support 4K video well, Media Player Classic can play 4K movies but only on Windows... To have a smooth 4K playback on Mac/Windows, this professional 4K HD Converter is the best choice.