To play an MP4 file on your PC, you must have a media player that supports this format. If you have version 12 of Windows Media Player, it will be able to play your MP4 video, but if you have version 11 or lower, you will need to instal a codec or use a third-party media player, such as VLC or QuickTime.
Part 1 Using Default Media Players
1. Obtain the video. Download your Mp4 file from a reputable website, open it from a USB drive, or simply open it from your computer’s hard drive. It is critical that you understand the filename and location where it is saved. Select the MP4 file from your File Browser by clicking “File,” then “Open.”
2. Double-click it. Once you’ve found the video in your operating system, double-click the icon to play the MP4 file. If you double-click the video, your default media player will launch and play the video.
Windows Media Player will most likely be used to play the video. This video player is pre-installed on all PCs running any version of Windows. Without a codec or a third-party decoder, Windows 11 and below will not open an MP4 file.
3. Install a codec or decoder pack. Install the DirectShow-compatible MPEG-4 decoder packs recommended by Microsoft. Codecs are also available for download at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/forpros/format/codecdownload.aspx.
4. Right-click on the video’s icon and select Properties. If you’re using Windows, instead of double-clicking on the MP4 file, you can right-click on it and select which media player you want to use to play your video. This will open a drop-down menu.
5. Select “Open With.” A new cascade window will be opened after selecting an option from the drop down menu. A list of video players will be displayed. They are most likely “Windows Media Player” and any third-party media players that have been installed.
6. Select Windows Media Player. Your desired MP4 video will open in Windows if you have downloaded a codec or a decoder pack.
Part 2 Downloading Third Party Media Players
1. Download a media player from a reputable website. Obtaining a different video player may be more convenient or convenient than installing a codec or decoder pack. VLC and XBMC are two popular third-party media players. Make sure you remember where you downloaded your media player.
It is always recommended to use the bundled media playback software that comes with your operating system; however, because they are free, they may not be able to play all file formats.
Software is available in both free and paid versions. Some of the best and most widely used free softwares include VLC Media Player, Media Player Classic, and others. They are capable of playing almost all video and audio file formats.
2. Navigate to “Properties.” Go to “Properties” to change your default media player.” Select the “General Tab,” then “Change,” then your preferred media player, and click “OK.””
3. Choose your media player by right-clicking. If you’re using Windows, instead of double-clicking on the MP4 file, you can right-click on it to select your third-party media player. This will open a drop-down menu.
4. Select “Open With.” A new cascade window will be opened after selecting an option from the drop down menu. The third-party media player that has been installed will appear in a list of video players. Your MP4 file will open when you select your preferred media player.
5. To play MP4 files, use editing software. More advanced users can edit the video or audio with editing software such as Camtasia. Professional DJs can load a list of multiple videos into auto play software like Virtual DJ Pro, and the software will play them one by one.
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