5 Best Free 4K Video Players for Windows

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Here is a list of 5 best free 4K video players for Windows.

Nowadays people are getting excited towards 4K resolution videos, but most of the existing and advanced media players are not able to play them smoothly. Even the famous Windows Media Player disappoints users in this aspect. Still, the world is not so cruel. There are some new media players that support 4K. Also, some of the existing popular media players have been updated as well to play 4K videos normally. I have created the list of such media players to play 4K videos. Another good thing is that all these video players support dozens of video and audio format files.

Do note that even though these media players support 4K videos, but playing a video uninterruptedly also depends on the FPS and other things available in a video.

So, let’s start with the first 4K video player available in this list.

5KPlayer

5KPlayer

5KPlayer is a new and a pretty powerful video player in terms of playing the HD videos. Apart from playing 4K videos, 1080p HD videos smoothly, it also lets you play 5K videos, which is the biggest advantage of this player over other players.

Apart from this, you can also convert 4K and 5K videos (or I say video songs) to MP3 and AAC. This media player also includes AirPlay streamer and Radio. The features are really fantastic and it could be your best 4K video player.

Here is the full review.

Leawo Blu-ray Player

Leawo Blu-ray Player

Another fantastic player that can play 4K videos, blue-ray DVDs and HD videos is Leawo Blu-ray Player. I really like the theme of this player, which makes the interface elegant. This player also supports dozens of video and audio formats.

A unique feature that comes with this player is “battery saver”, which is handy when you are watching a movie in your laptop.

Apart from this, there are a lot of options in Settings that you can customize. You can associate files to play with this player, set subtitles color, size, font, allow or disable hardware acceleration, adjust display refresh rate and more. The interface is also user-friendly. Overall, I must say, this gives a good competition to other 4K players available in this list.

VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player

We should not be surprised if our favorite VLC Media Player is in the list of 4K video players. VLC player has already been updated to easily and smoothly play 60 FPS 4K videos. You don’t have to adjust settings to play 4K videos.

However if, for some reason, you face trouble while playing a 4K video, then:

Go to Tools → Preferences → Input/Codecs and check if Hardware-accelerated decoding option is set to Disable or not. If it is not, set it to Disable mode, save changes, and restart VLC. Then, you will be able to play 4K videos supported by VLC. To read more about VLC media player, click the below link:

Full review of VLC.

Potplayer

Potplayer

Potplayer gives direct competition to VLC media player. It is so because this player has the vast number of features and can also play 4K videos easily. Potplayer and VLC player can’t compete with Leawo Blu-ray Player. The reason is that a sample 4K video which played in Leawo Blu-ray Player smoothly was lagging in VLC and Potplayer. So, Leawo player beats both of these players in the aspect of playing 4K videos.

However, it is also a fact that VLC and Potplayer have tons of other features, which you won’t find in Leawo Blu-ray Player. Potplayer brings screenshot capture, can play 3D videos, supports different types of 3D glasses, and more.

Read the full review.

FreeSmith Video Player

FreeSmith Media Player

FreeSmith Media Player is another free media player to play 4K videos. It doesn’t have tons of features, but better than many other players which can’t play 4K and other HD videos.

There are some interesting features that you can use. For example, you can adjust video brightness, saturation, hue, contrast, capture the screenshots, sync audio, and subtitles, etc. So, this player is perfect for those who need a 4K video player with all the important features.

Here is the full review.

The Verdict:

I must say that 5KPlayer is better than any other 4K video players in this list and that’s why it is placed in #1 position. Also, it was surprising to see that Leawo Blu-ray Player is better than VLC for playing the 4K videos. Choose any 4K video player you want and give your feedback in comments.

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