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Effortless Methods for Fixing the Issue of CFHD Codec VLC Playback Failure

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Updated on Jan 31, 2023

Many people tried to open their GoPro Cineform videos with VLC media player, but ended up with a failure error like "VLC could not decode the format CFHD". In this article, two methods are offered for you to settle VLC CFHD codec incompatibility issue.

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Q: I have a problem playing .avi files converted from CineForm studio. I use GoPro Hero3 BE. Every time I convert some part of photos (7mp_medium) in Cineform to .avi movie, I always fail to play it with my Media Player Classic or WMP or VLC... VLC told me that "CFHD" is not supported.... But when I reinstall K-Lite Codec Pack it's still not working. What could the reason be?

A: If you are encountering similar VLC Cineform errors and trying to settle VLC CineForm playback trouble, you're not alone. Fortunately, you are reading this article, in which I will guide you to resolve this CFHD codec VLC playback problem in a few simple steps.

Why VLC Can't Play CineForm Footage

The popular VLC is one of the best free media players which packs all common media codecs into it. As a result, it is compatible with most of the audio & video formats.

However, there is always an exception to every rule. There are still some codecs that VLC can't recognize. CFHD codec is one of them. When using VLC to play CineForm videos, you get the prompt "Codec not supported: VLC could not decode the format "CFHD" (CineForm)".

Even though CineForm codec is open source and free for many uses, it is still a proprietary format that is not supported by most of the platforms and devices.

Method 1 - Convert CineForm Video to Other Popular Formats

However, some people complain that they don't want to install any plugin on their PC or the VLC plugin doesn't work. Well, in this situation, converting video to VLC supported formats is another amazing solution to settle CFHD codec VLC playback issue. WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro is a powerful CFHD VLC converter for any level, which can help you convert GoPro CFHD videos to other popular video formats like MP4, MKV, etc.

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Step-by-step Guide on CFHD to VLC Conversion

Before start, please free downloadfree download the CFHD video converter on your PC.

Add files into the converter

Step 1: Add CFHD Videos into the Converter

Run WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro, select Converter on the main interface and click the Add Files button to import CFHD videos into the converter (It also allows you to add multiple files at the same time for batch conversion).

Choose .mp4 output format

Step 2: Choose Output Format as MP4

Click Output Format on the right side of the converter. And then choose the MP4 format under the Video tab. Just as you can see, it also allows you to convert CFHD codec videos to other video formats like AVI, MKV, WMV, MPG and etc.

Besides CFHD MP4 conversion, it can help you convert WMV to MP4, M4V to MP4, MKV to MP4 and so forth.

Click Run to convert CFHD videos to MP4

Step 3: Convert CFHD to MP4 for Smooth CFHD Codec VLC Playback

After output format is chosen, it goes back to the main interface, where you can compress GoPro CFHD videos and rotate GoPro videos if you like. At last, hit the Run button to get CFHD codec VLC playback issue resolved at one go.

Method 2 - How to Fix VLC Could Not Decode the Format CFHD Problem?

Free CineForm plugin for VLCFree CineForm plugin for VLC

Fortunately, through installing a CineForm Plugin for VLC, we can directly watch CineForm encoded videos in VLC. The plugin is totally free and compatible with Windows and Mac versions of VLC 2.2.X and higher, so you'd better update VLC to the latest version.

Specific operation steps are as follows:

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Step 2. Download and install the VLC software you need according to the model of your PC.

Step 3. Install the plugin. The plugin must be installed into root directory of VLC. For example: D:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC

Step 4. After the installation is finished, restart the PC if needed.

Then, VLC can play CFHD videos normally.

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Extended Reading: GoPro CineForm Codec

The GoPro CineForm codec is a cross-platform intermediate codec designed for editing high-resolution footage. It uses "CFHD" for all compressed media files and is most commonly encoded in the MOV or AVI container format. A distinct advantage of using the GoPro CineForm codec renders the minimal loss in quality even after multiple encodes. Many workflows involve creating and using CineForm files: GoPro Studio, Autopano Video, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe After Effects CC, and Adobe Media Encoder CC….

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