How to Convert 4K Video to 1080p in VLC Media Player?

Due to the cross-platform compatibility and user-friendliness, VLC Media Player is naturally the first choice for most people. In addition to playing videos, you can also rotate video, record screen, add subtitle, etc. and even downscale 4K to 1080p in VLC. If 4K video decoding is a labored task on your computer, follow the guide below to downconvert it.

Kevincy | Sep 2, 2020

Part 1 - Can VLC Convert 4K to 1080p?

Part 2 - Step-by-step Guide - How to Convert 4K Video to 1080p in VLC?

Part 3 - A Better Alternative Program to Downconvert 4K to 1080p in VLC

Can VLC Convert 4K to 1080p?

As you may know, VLC is more than a simple media player, people are surprised by its bonus features, such as VLC rip DVD, download subtitles, edit videos, create playlists and more, so they never stop unlocking the potential of VLC, because it seems to be omnipotent. Since VLC can serve as a video converter, a slew of people wonder if they can convert 4K to 1080p in VLC as they may run into 4K playback issues. The short answer is YES! Now I'll guide you through the detailed steps to complete this job. Let's get started.

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In case there is any discrepant layout and operation step, you'd better update VLC to the latest version via the official website: https://www.videolan.org/.

Step-by-step Guide - How to Convert 4K Video to 1080p in VLC?

Step 1. Run VLC, click on "Media" and select "Convert / Save" option in the context menu. Alternatively, you can directly press the hotkeys "Ctrl + R". On the pop-up "Open Media" window, navigate to "File" tab and click on "Add" button to add the 4K video you want to downconvert to 1080p, then press "Convert / Save" button. If you cannot see it, click the inverted triangle icon and select "Convert" option.

Step 2. Now you'll get to a new window, choose a preferred format from the profile drop-down list. "Video - H.264 + MP3 (MP4)" is recommended for its best compatibility with almost all programs and devices. But you can make your choice based on your actual need.

Step 3. To downscale 4K to 1080p, click on the "Wrench" icon next to the profile to open "Profile Edition", where you can make the further editing. Head over to "Video codec" tab, and manually type 1920x1080 in "Frame size" section. Don't forget to save the settings. For experienced users, you can customize other parameters under different tabs.

Step 4. It's time to give a name and destination path for the converted video file. Finally, hit "Start" button to convert 4K to 1080p using VLC. You can estimate the conversion process as the play progress bar will proceed although there is no video image during the conversion.

A Better Alternative Program to Downconvert 4K to 1080p in VLC

As you know, VLC supports GPU-accelerated decoding, but that doesn't apply to video encoding. Namely, the conversion speed may not be as you expected, even get stuck. In this case, I would recommend HD Video Converter Factory Pro to take over this job, which is capable of downscaling/compressing 4K video, trimming, merging, cropping, watermarking and even downloading 4K video from YouTube and other popular websites. But most importantly, it's fairly simple for green hands. Let's see how it works. Please free download free download and install the freeware on your computer beforehand.

Step 1. Launch HD Video Converter Factory Pro, head over to "Converter" from the five main features on the intuitive GUI. Drag your 4K videos into the program directly and they will be displayed in the workplace. Yes, it supports batch processing.

Step 2. Unfold the output format list on the right side, select your desired video format from 500+ preset profiles. Drag the slider towards 1080p in "Quick setting" section underneath the format profile. Also, you're able to open "Parameter settings" window to manually change the video resolution, bitrate, encoder, aspect ratio, etc...

Step 3. Specify an output folder to save the converted 1080p videos, lastly, hit Run button to start the downconverting process with GPU-acceleration enabled.

Wrap Up...

Indeed, you can convert 4K to 1080p in VLC as an extra bonus surprise. However, it cannot be, after all, comparable to those video conversion programs. You can't expect too much for a media player. If the conversion speed and quality are unsatisfactory, just give it a try on other options.

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