Why can I not play a high quality video with VLC player?

Yawar Ansari January 6, 2013

Recently, I have downloaded a very high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixel, codec-H.264/AVC,24FPS, audio codec-MPEG-4 AAC audio). I couldn’t play the video using VLC player. Please help!

My laptop is equipped with AMD brazos dual core c50 processor, Radeon graphics HD 6250M graphics card and 2GB RAM. Currently, I’m using Windows 7 Ultimate.

  1. Monique G
    July 8, 2013 at 9:30 am

    i like bluray media player from iReal.

  2. Monique G
    July 8, 2013 at 9:29 am

    you may have other choices. you can download other bluray players to watch high quality video.

  3. Monique G
    July 8, 2013 at 9:16 am

    why don't you use another player. Many bluray media players are good and you can choose from Macgo, iReal and so on.

  4. Prashant Mirjankar
    March 13, 2013 at 7:21 am

    your monitor wont be supporting that resolution. and also try with different media player

  5. salim benhouhou
    January 17, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    update your codecs . install k-lite codec pack at :

  6. Ashwin Divakaran
    January 16, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Use KMPlayer for thats the overall best when it comes to playing ultra high resolution videos.


  7. Dimal Chandrasiri
    January 8, 2013 at 11:12 am

    try with another media player.. maybe vlc has a ug in it.

  8. Robbie Blowe
    January 8, 2013 at 10:53 am

    you didn't say what version of VLC you have, cos only the latest 2.0 twoflower version fully supports HD videos , but even the previous versions can play HD videos , but if you an older version like 0.8 or others then it cannot play HD videos, and you didn't say if you have installed any codec packs , cos sometimes codec packs tend to conflict with VLC codecs . so i cannot accurately give an solution but generally there are somethings that you can do;-
    1) See if you have installed any media players or codec packs ,try uninstalling them.
    2) if you have installed K-Lite codec pack be sure not to associate it with windows as default codecs as this can lead to conflicts and thus will effect VLC or other codec depended players rendering them useless or sometimes not be able to play certain type of media files.
    3) Make sure the file you dowloaded is not corrupt, you can try it by try playing it with media player in Windows 7, if there is any error massage , read it carefully and maybe you can find out the problem as these error massages will state the root of problem
    hope this helped, but without detailed information about the problem, no accurate solution can be given, thus all the above is meant for general diagnose only but sometimes this can resolve the problem

  9. salim benhouhou
    January 8, 2013 at 8:10 am
  10. Ahmed Musani
    January 7, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    i suggest you use KMPLAYER. it supports nearly all formats and offers much more features with seamless playback.

  11. Saurabh Kumar
    January 7, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Untill where i have used VLC it could play all my videos but i am not able to understand your problem....
    It must be something to do with the codec or your system....
    Try using other media players like Media player classic and other hd video players...

  12. Divit Dsouza
    January 7, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    It is mostly a problem with the codec. You can try what ha14 suggested.

    Alternatively, you can download and install K-lite codec pack using the default/recommended settings. And you will be able to play any media file in Windows Media Player and probably most other players also (change settings).


  13. ha14
    January 7, 2013 at 10:20 am

    AMD Radeon HD 6250
    The 3D performance of the HD 6250 is located in the low end above the integrated chipset graphics card of the 880M chipset (e.g. Radeon HD 4250). The new UVD3 video decoder allows the decoding of HD videos using the graphics card. It allows the parallel decoding of two MPEG2, H.264 and VC-1 streams and therefore compatible to BD-Live. Furthermore, the new UVD3 also supports DivX, Xvid and MPEG4 Part 2 decoding. Blu-Ray 3D via MCV (Multiview Video Coding) of the UVD3 is not supported due to the low processing power.

    H.264/MPEG-4 AVC playback is too slow
    -To do this go to Tools -> Preferences... (set Show Settings to All) and Input / Codecs -> Other codecs -> FFmpeg
    -In the drop-down box for Skip the loop filter for H.264 decoding change it to All.
    -Remember to press Save to save VLC settings and restart VLC after that to make sure changes are enabled.

    • Yiz Borol
      January 10, 2013 at 10:06 am

      If this has answered your question, please like it and mark the the question as resolved.


  14. Anonymous
    January 7, 2013 at 4:30 am

    An updated version of VLC may not have this problem. if it have You can try some other media players like the KM player.
    this supports majority of formats.
    for media player classic home cinema
    And many others

  15. Junil Maharjan
    January 7, 2013 at 4:04 am

    Have you updated the vlc player to its latest version?

  16. Nikhil Chandak
    January 7, 2013 at 3:47 am

    Why dont u try out using any other good video player such as -
    KMPlayer - http://kmplayer.en.softonic.com/download
    3D VISION VIDEO PLAYER - http://www.nvidia.com/object/3D_vision_video_player_1.5.5a.html
    I hope these softwares will work !

  17. Yiz Borol
    January 7, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Have you verified that your computer can other video files?

  18. Jan Fritsch
    January 7, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Have you tried another media player application to rule out problems with some internal codec of VLC? For example Media Player Classic is a great lightweight tool.


    Without knowing the bit-rate and total size of the video file and whether VLC gave you some error or not I would say your issue is the CPU ~ it's not powerful enough.
    You could try selecting "Use GPU acceleration" within the VLC Input & Codec options and see if that solves your problem.

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