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Download and Play 4K Ultra HD Movie Videos: Everything to Know

How to Download and Play 4K UHD Movie Video on PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad Using Best 4K Video Player

A 4K video commonly features high bit-rate leading to choppy or even failing playback without powerful enough processor. That's why 4K video can't well played on some 4K players. On the other hand, GPUs having hardware decoders can offload video processing from CPU to handle 4K video playback.

WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe is a hardware-accelerated 4K video downloader and converter armed with level-3 hardware acceleration: hardware encoding, decoding and processing. Besides downloading online 4K videos with ease, it can deliver the fastest speed to convert and compress 4K video to H.264 HD while keeping almost lossless quality to be compatible with video players/editors and devices for smoother processing.

Gone are the days of watching blurry videos. 4K is coming. But believe it or not, 4K Ultra HD video is very difficult to download, upload or playback on PC, Mac, iPad, etc. We decide to go to great length to explain things like where and how to download 4K video, why it is so hard to play 4K Ultra HD videos on your PC, laptop or iPad, is there any really useful 4K video downloader, which is the best 4K video player for PC/Mac, etc., even though I wondered why on earth people would devote so much time to figure out every little thing about this nearly unavailable 4K movie videos (there would be a long time for 4K videos' prevailing after all).

You can find out data about 4K video resolution, 4K monitor, 4K video player, 4K Ultra HD TV elsewhere online, but the information we've gathered up and posted here just explains more. For answers to 4K video download/playback on PC, Mac or iPad or the best 4K UHD video downloader, check out the following technical parts, based on your level.

Part 1: What is 4K Ultra HD Video Resolution?

4K resolution (on Wiki): 4K UHD is a display device or content having horizontal resolution on the order of 4,000 pixels, which delivers four times as much detail as 1080p Full HD. It looks even more real than actual life. There are a number of different 4K resolutions, a common one of which is 4096x2160, for a total resolution of 8,847,360 pixels.

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Part 2: Where to Download 4K UHD Videos - from Other Online Sites

Starting from July 2013, YouTube announced that it would offer some short videos in 4K Ultra HD resolution for downloading or watching online and registered users would be allowed to upload 4K videos as well (up to 4096x3072 pixels, 12.6 megapixels, aspect ratio 4:3). Now both YouTube and Vimeo stream 4K content. BBC carried out a series of 4K Ultra HD trails of 2014 Brazil World Cup this year. And what's more, you can get 4K streams on Netflix, like House of Cards in 4K. New streaming services like Disney+, Apple TV+, also dominate in 4K Ultra HD movies and series.

Remember that if you want to play 4K videos online, you will need to click on the gear icon and change the resolution to 4K. Otherwise you are just seeing it at 320p, 720p or 1080p. But what if you want to download 4K video (at 60fps) for DVD burning or further editing, or you want to play 4K Ultra HD video on iPad? First you need to download 4K video with a 4K video downloader.

Part 3: How to Download 4K UHD Video?

You can't download videos directly without charge, be it 4K, 2K, or 1080p. So get yourself a free 4K video download software if your computer has a powerful graphics card that supports 4K and HDMI version 1.4 or higher, which enables you to connect your PC or Mac to a 4K TV, or a 4K video player. We list several of them in the following part and you may choose one of them to realize your 4K video downloading or playing.

How to Download 4K UHD Video?

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-Download & convert 4K/8K videos for PC/Mac/iPad.

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-Free download 4K/8K video from 1000+ sites.

WinX HD Video Converter can save (and convert) videos and output presets for every portable device from Android to Windows Phone. - Rick (CNET Editor)

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# Best Free 4K Video Downloader - WinX YouTube Downloader: It is a nice, intuitive and totally free 4K video downloader which is able to download all 4K UHD video (4096x2160, 3840x2160), 8K/FUHD (7680×4320), 1080p HD, 3D and SD videos from 1000+ online video sites. Especially, this free 4K video downloader is made to download 4K UHD videos without the need of a 4k video downloader license key.

# Best All-in-one 4K Video Downloader & Converter - WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe: The best multifunctional one for online 4K/8K Ultra HD video downloading, converting and editing on both PC and Mac, which gives users an ultimate control of SD, HD, 4K/8K resolution videos. There are 370+ video & audio codecs and 420 preset profiles built in this fast 4K video downloader. Newly added hardware encoder to fully use Intel's QSV and Nvidia's CUDA/NVENC tech and support of multi-core CPU use ensure you to download and convert 4K/8K videos at much higher than 84x faster real time. Original 4K quality will be kept exactly. And you can also add an external SRT subtitle files to downloaded 4K videos. The ready-made 4K output profile lets you to upscale any HD video for 4K screens with high-possible quality in clicks.

* Google announced the DASH Protocol last year which makes your 1080p HD video download impossible with add-ons, like the Firefox add-on Video Download Helper, let alone downloading 4K videos, meaning you can only download 720p or lower quality videos now and a 4K video downloader is required for enjoying 4K videos offline.

Why Do Not Play 4K Video on iPad?

So many people try to download and play 4K Ultra HD video on iPad or watch 4K videos online on iPad via app. But we suggest that you play 4K video on Ultra HD TV or professional 4K video player (click the Download button below to get setup file) after you successfully download 4K video. iPad is only 2048 pixels wide. It does qualify as a 2K display, but not 4K. What it will ever display is 2048 pixels video. As to playing 4K video online on iPad, YouTube app won't even stream 1080p videos to the new iPad, let alone the 4K videos, unless there is a HD app some day. So far, we have no app that has full access to 4K resolution video playback.

More Facts to Know before You Download 4K Videos

1. First is our lack of 4K video source. 4K UHD video is still pretty lame for the public, even with the great H.265 codec. Only few of major movies are shot in 4K, most of which are in 2K or 2.7K. And those videos being streamed in 4K are always going to be compressed, just like some 4K videos on YouTube. Critics complained that YouTube 4K videos are not "true 4K", which may, in fact, be 4096 × 2304 resolution, but the bit rate and compression makes it look worse than standard 1080p.

2. The need of 4K display, 4K monitor, 4K player, graphics card for 4K. Do you have a 4K display, a graphic card for 4k videos or any video editing software that can edit 4k? Without a qualified 4K display, even if you finish your 4K video download, you can't really enjoy ultimate visual feast.

3. High bandwidth. Is your broadband able to handle 4K video download? Your 4K UHD video download and playback on PC/Mac may take all the bandwidth and you can't even do any browsing. If there is no good internet service provider, which leads to a sprint slow speed connection, your videos only go as high as 360p quality.

4. Convert SD HD to 4K? Don't try to convert SD HD videos to 4K videos, it will look awful. You can convert a 640x480 movie to 4096×2160, and it would be 4K, but it will by no means be the same quality as real 4K video. What makes it 4k is the resolution, not the quality of the image. >> Check 4K Video File Format

If you need an all-in-one 4K video downloader converter to download 4K videos to PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, etc, please turn to WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe.


author - Kistent Waung

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Graduated from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, she employs herself in IT related content creation (since 2013) and happens to perfectly combine her major (computer & science) and her gusto (writing). She's seasoned at offering video audio conversion workarounds and always passionate about new trends, from hot HEVC, 4K to the new AV1 codec.

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