How to Play MP4 on VLC?

“I have just bough a camcorder which records every thing in MP4 format. However VLC will not play it and the bundled software with the camcorder is a bit pathetic. Any help?”

VLC supports MP4 files, but we still will fail to play MP4 on VLC, why? May be the MP4 video is fake or corrupt or the VLC "video output modes" is set wrong. In the second situation, you need to configure X Server correctly: Open VLC Player> Tools > Preferences
VLC Setting

Then, please do as follows to play mp4 on vlc:
Check the box for Enable video
Check the box for Window decorations
Set the Output drop-down menu to X11 video output (XCB).
Click "Save" to save your changes and restart VLC player.

If your MP4 video is ok and the VLC setting is right, it may the MP4 video codec problem. MP4 container format contains number of audio, video, and even subtitle streams. If the MP4 file contains a VLC incompatible video codec, it will be failed to play in VLC.

If so, we need to convert MP4 to VLC supported video format. Here, I'd like to recommend Video Converter and Video Converter for Mac tools to you, which are the best MP4 to VLC Converting tool to help you convert MP4 to MP4, AVI, WMV etc for playback on VLC with right codecs.

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Guide on Converting MP4 to VLC

Step 1: Import MP4 video
Click the "Add Files" button to add MP4 files which are not playable in VLC player.
MP4 to VLC Converter

Step 2: Set VLC supported format
Click the "Profile" drop-down button to select VLC supported video format from "General Video" Category or "HD Video" Category.
Convert MP to VLC

Step 3: Convert MP4 to VLC
Click the "Convert" button to start and finish converting MP4 to VLC more supported format, after the conversion, you can play the mp4 files on VLC with ease.

This MP4 to VLC Converter also can play or convert VLC unsupported formats like WTV, DVR, VOB, WebM, OGV, F4V, AVCHD, MTS, M2T, M2TS, MOD, TOD, MVI, MXF, XAVC, Apple ProRes, R3D, M4V, ASF, TS, AIFF, M4A, Apple Lossless, 3GA, QCP, CAF, MPC, VOC, SHN, TTA, AU, RA, M4B etc to VLC formats for playback.

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