The VLC media player is one of the most widely used players and supports almost all sorts of video file formats. Although MP4 is supported by VLC, there are times when you encounter choppy video playback issues or your VLC player doesn't play some video files.
Why is My VLC Media Player Not Playing MP4 videos?
This issue of VLC not playing MP4 video can be due to various reasons, we have covered the most common scenarios below:
- Trying to play the MP4 video on an outdated VLC player
- VLC settings are disabled and stopping you from playing MP4 video
- MP4 video having codec issues
- In worse cases, your MP4 video file might be corrupt or damaged.
Fortunately, there are simple workarounds that can easily fix VLC not playing MP4 files. Stay till the end of the article, along with making your MP4 video playable on VLC, you will also be able to fix any corruptions with your video file using Remo Repair MOV.
In this process of fixing the issue, the first thing you need to do is to check where the problem lies.
Is it your MP4 file that is corrupt?
or is the VLC player the culprit?
No Worries, it’s a no-brainer task! First, play your MP4 video on any other media player such as Windows Media Player or others. Also, try playing other MP4 videos on the same VLC player.
- If MP4 is playing on other media players, then it’s your VLC that is the culprit; to fix your VLC player issues just go with Part 1.
- If your MP4 not playing video on other media players, then the problem lies with your MP4 video. It's a simple task to fix the unplayable MP4 video, just go to Part 2 or you can just go ahead and make use of a video repair tool that can help you to make your MP4 video file play on any media player.
How to Fix MP4 not playing on VLC
Method 1: Upgrade to the latest version of VLC
Method 2: Install VLC MP4 Codecs
Method 3: Convert MP4 File Format to Any VLC Compatible File Format
Method 4: Disable Hardware Video Decoding in VLC
Method 5: Configure Video Output Mode on VLC
Method 1: Upgrade VLC to Latest Version to Fix MP4 File Won’t Play
If your MP4 codec is not compatible with the VLC player, VLC Player won’t play MP4.
Usually, older versions of the VLC player will have trouble playing MP4 videos. All you need to do is just upgrade or download the latest version of the VLC player and try playing the MP4 video. If this doesn’t fix the problem, then move on to the next method.
Method 2: VLC MP4 video codec problem - Install VLC MP4 Codecs
One of the main reasons behind MP4 video not playing is that VLC could not identify the audio or video codecs used. Therefore issues such as VLC not playing video only audio or playing only audio but no video or at times both occurs.
If you have tried downloading the latest version of the VLC media player but are still unable to play your MP4 files. You must consider installing the VLC MP4 codec pack from the official VLC site.
Method 3: VLC Media Player Incompatible File Format Issue
Another main reason why VLC won’t play video is due to incompatible video file formats. Where VLC can’t recognize the input’s format. Thereby making it impossible for the user to play MP4 video files on VLC.
The easiest way to fix this issue is by converting the file to any VLC-compatible file format.
VLC Media Player can be used to convert the video file formats.
Many users have complained that VLC crashes when converting file formats. If you faced this same issue we suggest you reinstall the VLC media player.
Method 4: Disable hardware video decoding in VLC
VLC not playing MP4 can be due to the fact that your hardware decoding of the player is not able to handle the rendering effects. It seems that your video has too many subtitle tracks and the video card you are using is not able to accelerate the video. The Best solution to solve this is to disable the hardware video decoding option on VLC. Below are the steps to do this:
- Open the VLC player and go to
Tools --> Preferences. Then in the lower left of the window, click on Show Settings and select the ALL button.
- Here, all the options will be displayed now. Here navigate to
Input / Codecs -> Video Codecs -> FFmpeg
Here disable the Hardware decoding option
- Once it is done, you can now close VLC and open it up again. Then, just try to play your MP4 video and check if this works. If this doesn’t help, then try the next option.
Method 5: Configure video Output Mode on VLC
Now, it’s time to check the Video Output Mode configuration. Here all you need to do is to configure your X server attribute correctly. For this, just open the VLC player and go to
Tools -> Preferences -> Video section -> check the Enable Video box in case it is un-clicked.
Then check the box for Window decorations, in case it is unchecked. Then select ‘X11 video output (XCB)’ in the Output drop-down menu. Now, just save all the settings you made and open your VLC Player again. Now, your MP4 video should be playing on the VLC player successfully.