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4K Video Codec Free Download for Windows/Mac

Launch of 4K UHDTV expands limited concern on the next-generation resolution to the public. Meanwhile, wide application in digital camera, streaming video and a part of portable devices raises popularity of 4K. Even so, there are still many secrets that you may be curious about 4K. And in this article, we will discuss 4K codec, one of the most important factors influencing 4K video playback, including 4K video codec types, 4K codec download and a solid 4K video encoder and decoder that will be introduced for those who wants to play, edit, or compress 4K videos.

Download 4K Video Converter to Encode/Decode 4K Videos

Free download WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe, the No.1 fast 4K video converter to transcode 4K videos (HEVC, VP9, AV1, MKV, MP4, MOV, etc.), needless of installing any 4K video codec.

List of 4K Video Codec (Pack) to Free Download

Windows 10 users can fully access to 4K playback thanks to native support for HEVC, yet other Windows systems and Mac users still need to install third-party codec to watch 4K videos or movies on PC/Mac without hassle. You can choose one of the following 4K video codec or codec pack to free download for 4K UHD video transcoding.

#1. Media Player Codec Pack (for Windows)

It collects almost all mainstream video compression and file types, including HEVC for Windows Media Player 12/11/10 on Windows (32 & 64 bit). This 4K codec pack also can be installed on any DirectShow compatible player.

#2. K-Lite Codec Pack Full (for Windows)

It is another favorite video codec pack for Windows XP and later versions gathering a diverse of video/audio codecs (HEVC and VP9 included) for SD, HD and 4K contents playback.

#3. FFmpeg (for Windows/Mac)

With added native VP9 and an open source HEVC decoder from October 2013, this multi-platform project for handling multimedia data offers users an option to run 4K on PC and Ma.

#4. libvpx (for Windows/Mac)

It is an official free VP9 codec library released by Google under New BSD License. This 4K video codec is also compatible with multiple operation systems as FFmpeg, such as Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and other Unix-like operation systems.

Main Video Codecs for 4K Encoding and Decoding

There are two main types of 4K video codec. One is HEVC (H.265) and another is VP9 codec. Both HEVC and VP9 are popular in use. Most modern 4K TVs, mobile devices, computers support these two 4K video codec transcoding. AV1 is the future of 4K video codec for the web.

#1. HEVC (H.265) Codec

Formally released in June, 2013 as a video compression standard, HEVC is developed to support higher resolutions (2160P 4K/4320P 8K) and offer a more efficient video coding compared to its predecessor H.264/MPEG-4 AVC. It means that H.265 only takes half bit rate to deliver the same video quality as H.264 due to twice data compression ratio. Head to download HEVC (H.265) codec.

#2. VP9 Codec

Developed by Google as a successor to VP8, VP9 is the biggest rival of HEVC supporting 4K with the use of superblocks of 64x64 pixels. It also boasts the high compression efficiency than VP8 and even HEVC (as announced). VP9 is considered as one of the best video formats for online streaming and well supported by HTML5 video on mainstream browsers and YouTube.

Speaking of differences between the two 4K codecs, HEVC is a commercial standard requiring payment for a patent license, while VP9 is royalty free. On the other hand, reports and tests from geeks figure out that HEVC 4K video has better image quality than VP9 but VP9 is more appropriate for streaming.

#3. AV1 Codec

AV1 is open and royalty-free, making the codec have a promising future. The new 4K video codec has 30% better compression than HEVC. AV1 is not ready to donimate among 4K video codecs. Most software and hardware lack support for AV1 codec. To know more about AV1 codec and AV1 vs HEVC advantages and disadvantages, check a brif intro to AV1 codec.

Want an All-in-one 4K Encoder and Decoder?

By means of 4K codec, everyone can garner a solution to play ultra HD resolution videos on PC/Mac. However, if you try to create or convert 4K contents, a versatile 4K video encoder/decoder is in need.

WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe is such a prefect program that can totally satisfy you. This 4K converter software is capable of making HEVC encoded videos from other video files and compressing 4K (HEVC) videos to 2K MP4, H.264, AVI, WMV, MOV, MPEG, FLV, 3GP with resolution of 1080P, 720P, 360P etc, with high image/audio quality for better viewing on devices, online uploading or editing.

Owing to GPU acceleration (Intel QSV/NVIDIA NVENC), WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe can manage 4K videos reaching an excellent and super fast speed while keeping high quality (almost lossless) of resulting file.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

author - Donna Peng

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Donna Peng's fascination with multimedia began at an early age - shortly after she licked the physical disc and then she's been obsessed ever since. Her decade-long career at Digiarty after the graduation has seen her unmatched expertise in the field of DVD, digital video, software and anything related to home theatre. She is currently fascinated with photography.

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