Friday, November 11, 2016

How to Play Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 4K MOV Video on VLC?

The EOS 5D Mark IV is a remarkably capable video camera. It supports to capture Digital Cinema (DCI) standard 4K (Motion JPEG) MOV videos of 4096 x 2160 pixels at up to 30 or 24 fps*. Adding to its versatility, it also supports the 4K broadcasting standard of 3840 x 2160 pixels with slight trimming on the left and right sides. When the shooting is over, do not just want to view your footage the small LCD screen on the camera but wish to transfer and play Canon 5D Mark IV 4K MOV video on VLC. The following article will show you how to make that happended.

Can VLC playback 4K video?

Although the VLC version 2.1 has updated with support for 4K video playback, however, even
If your computer meet the minimum requirements to play 4K video, you may still suffer 4K video playback choppy issues on VLC. The main reason is that 4K video playback is very processor extensive. The good news is that VLC has a feature called GPU accelerated decoding, however, it is only available for H.264 streams. As for the Motion JPEG compression codec used by Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, this feature will be completely useless.

Can VLC playback Motion JPEG MOV video?

After searching for VLC supported file formats, we find that VLC doesn't have the ability to playback Motion JPEG codec used by Canon EOS 5D Mark IV MOV video.

Convert and compress Canon 5D Mark IV 4K MOV for VLC

To fix VLC 4K video playback choppy and codec incompatible issue with Motion JPEG codec, you can use a third-party video conversion app such as Pavtube Video Converter (best video converter review), which not only helps to transcode Canon 5D Mark IV Motion JPEG mov video to VLC playable video codec such as H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, WMV, etc video codec, but also does you a great favor to compress 4K video to 1080p for smooth playback on VLC or other media players.
For Mac users, you can turn to download Pavtube Video Converter for Mac to perform the same conversion on Mac OS X El Capitan or macOS Sierra.


How to Convert and Compress Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 4K Video for VLC Playback?

Step 1: Load Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 4K Video.

Start the program on your computer, click "File" > "Load Video/Audio" or "Load from folder" button to import Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 4K video into the program.

Step 2: Choose VLC best supported playback formats.

As a powerful media player, VLC can hold many video formats. After checking VLC supported video formats, and "H.264 HD Video(*.mp4) under "HD Video main category would be a good choice. You can also choose other VLC supported file formats according to your own needs.

Step 3: Compress 4K video to 1080p.

Click "Settings on the main interface to open "Profile Settings" window, click "Size(pix)" to select 1920*1080 as the final resolution to fix VLC 4K playback choppy issues. You can also tweak other settings to make them more fit with VLC.

Step 4: Start the final conversion process.

After all the settings is completed, hit right-bottom "Convert button to start to convert and compress Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 4K video to VLC best compatible 1080p H.264 formats.

Now, try playing the downscaled 4K video in VLC. It should be smooth when playback.

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