How to Enable VLC to Play MP4 Video without Hassle


VLC stop playing Mp4 files just the other day now its not the file because I’m using another mp4 player and it works great but again VLC won’t play it and i tried to fix in Preferences but to no avail can somebody help me on this.

I open the MP4 file in VLC and it just shows a white screen while the video plays. The video plays just fine using Windows Media Player.

There are so many threads talks about MP4 in VLC playback issues. In this article, we aim to present a workaround to help you play MP4 in VLC perfectly.

Why MP4 Not Playing in VLC & Quick Solutions:

Situation 1: May be the MP4 Video is corrupt or fake

-> Solution: There is no solution considering the VLC Aspects. All you need is to download the correct MP4 Video, which is not corrupt and which may be working fine.

Situation 2: May be VLC “video output modes” is set wrong.

-> Solution: In this condition, all you need is to configure X Server correctly. Just see the screenshot for the same.

Open VLC, go to Tools, and click on Preferences. Go to Video section and enable Video, in case it is un-clicked. Then Check the box for Window decorations, if it is un-clicked. Then set the Output drop-down menu to X11 video output (XCB) and save the changes and restart your VLC Player for the changes to come effective.

Situation 3: The MP4 video codec problem! MP4 is a container video format which may contain number of audio, video, and even subtitle streams. If an MP4 file contains a VLC incompatible video codec, it will fail to play in VLC.

-> Solution: Convert the MP4 files to other formats (like AVI, MOV, MPEG-2, etc) to fit the local VLC media player.

Brorsoft Video Converter(or Mac) is a professional software helping you to transcode MP4 files(no matter downloaded online, captured from GoPro, Sony XDCAM EX series camcorders) to any common video formats like AVI, MKV, MPG, WMV… And it has preset the optimized settings for the different output format and players. Users can feel free to specify the target files. With it, you can fast convert MP4 to AVI that can be easily played in VLC by downloading a codec like DivX codec.

Encoding MP4 to VLC more friendly format

Step 1: Install and launch this best MP4 to AVI Converter; click the Add button to import the .mp4 files to the converter.

Step 2: Click Format bar to choose output format and you can choose MP4, AVI, MKV or other common formats. Here we choose “HD Video -> AVI HD Video (*.avi)” as example, which is supported by nearly all player and portable devices.

Step 3: You can adjust the parameters by clicking “settings” button, choose the resolution, bitrate, frame rate as you want.

Step 4: Click Convert button to start encoding MP4 files to VLC player. When you get the new file after conversion, you will find the video played well in VLC with best quality.

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