4K Players + Play 4K Ultra HD Video on PC with Two Methods
Everyone wants 4K and no one knows why. It’s the hottest techy buzzword of 2015, and it’s a technology that’s rewriting the rulebook when it comes to image quality. When you own 4k, you will find it will not be as easy as we imaged. It needs professional 4K players or to compress 4K to 1080p if you want to play 4K on PC. Here, the article will told you all of the things you need to know about 4K.
What is 4K?
Technically speaking, 4K refers to a digital cinema standard that calls for a 4096 x 2160 pixel resolution. This is double both the horizontal and vertical measurements of the 1920 x 1080 standard (1080p, AKA Full HD) that most of us use today, offering four times the overall pixel resolution.
Why is it called 4K?
Because the images are around 4,000 pixels wide. The industry named 1080 resolution after image height, but named 4K after image width.
Where to Get 4K Video Content?
Netflix becomes the first platform to deliver 4K video samples since April this year. When you open the Netflix app on a 4K TV, 4K content will stream automatically where it’s available. Started with House of Cards Season 2, a lot more content like documentaries are rolling out. Second comes YouTube. As the biggest video sharing site, rich 4K videos and movies are offered on YouTube. And also a nascent 4K channel has been established.
How to Play 4K Video on PC?
Method 1: Top 5 4K Players to play 4K on PC
Top 1： 5KPlayer
5KPlayer is a mixture of free (MKV) HD video player, music player, AirPlay media streamer and online video downloader which can Play 4K/5K/1080p HD videos, DVDs and radio with revolutionary design. If you have downloaded some 4K video from Netflix and YouTube, you can try play the 4K with 5kplayer on PC.
Top 2: VLC Player
VLC is always the first consideration when people meet media playback issue on PC. This player was recently updated to include support for 4K video playback in version 2.1. This player has support for a very large range of codecs, making it possible to play back virtually any type of video file (as well as audio).
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Top 3: DivX Player
DivX Player is very popular and well known for supporting playback of files up to 4K in resolution. It supports DivX HEVC video with the HEVC plugin, as well as regular DivX and DivX Plus. DivX Player is promoted as a very high quality media player and is one of the most popular choices.
Top 4: CyberLink PowerDVD PRO 14
PowerDVD can playback DVD and and Blu-ray discs, as well as any video file formats. It supports UltraHD 4K videos, which can be even further enhanced with their unique TrueTheater Lighting technology, that enhances detail and colors.
Top 5: Media Player Classic and K-Lite Codec Pack
Media Player Classic on its own does not yet provide 4K playback capabilities. The key is to also install the K-Lite Codec Pack. This is simply a package of many different codecs, all rolled into one for convenience.
Method 2: Compress 4K to play 4K on PC with 4K Video Converter
From Google search, Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is a top-ranked 4K video converter. It can transcode 4K UHD videos to PC in MP4, MOV, AVI, WMV, MPEG4, H264, MKV and other existing video types. Since the majority of playback work is still being finished in 1080p, it is also equipped with the power to compress 4K to 1080P, 720p for common media players’ playback. In settings window, you can freely adjust the video and audio size, codec, nitrate, frame rate, etc. (Review)
The equivalent Mac version is iMedia Converter for Mac which has updated to support Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan. And both the versions are participate in the Pavtube Thanksgiving Coupon where you can get the product at 20% discount.
Free download and install
– Pavtube old official address: http://www.pavtube.cn/blu-ray-video-converter-ultimate/
– Cnet Download: http://download.cnet.com/Pavtube-Video-Converter-Ultimate/3000-2194_4-75938564.html
Step 1: Add 4K videos.
Open the program, click “File” menu, from its drop-down option, select “Add Video/Audio” to load 4K video to the program.
Step 2: Choose output file format.
From “Format” bar drop-down list, choose the formats that you want to output for later use. For compatibility consideration, it is idea for you to choose “Common Video” > “H.264 HD Video (*.mp4)” as output file format.
Step 3: Compress 4K video to 1080p for VLC
Open “Profile Settings” window, click “Size(pix)” to select 1920*1080 as the final resolution for output video.
Step 4: Change 4K video to 1080p.
After all the settings is completed, hit right-bottom “Convert” button to start to convert and downscale 4K video to 1080p format videos.
With this latter method, you not only can play your 4K video on PC smoothly, but also can watch these 4K on your Amazon Fire TV(2015), iPhone, LG TV, even upload it to YouTube.
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