How to Download and Play UHD Videos


Currently, UHD videos are not a mere at all. There are a lot of gadgets that can shoot in 4K resolution, a plenty of video hosting sites provide 2160p videos, and even some online downloader can download videos up to 4K. Videos with UHD pictures are indeed the feast for eyes. To have ultimate fun with these high-res movie videos, here we introduce you 5KPlayer, one of the best free UHD downloaders and players for Windows and Mac.

5KPlayer is a multimedia player which supports downloading online videos in resolution ranging from 144p to 1080p & 2160p, playing video, music, DVD, radio, m3u8 live streaming, sharing movie/songs with DLNA compatible devices, as well as AirPlay mirroring & recording iPhone iPad screen. And it’s free to use all of the features after input an email address to get the registration code.

How to Download UHD Video

As mentioned above that there are some websites that allow users to download 4K videos directly, but why need a downloader software?

UHD videos are as large in resolution as its file size. A 1-minute 4K video with standard 30 fps will require about 400MB, let along the 60 fps UHD videos. Therefore it would take quite a long time to download. Once your browser crashed or got stuck, all the time you waited is a waste. Finding a good downloader which can resume from the breakpoint is very important. 5KPlayer is one of them. Even if you closed the program by mistake, launch it again, you can find the unfinished video in Library. Click download, it will starts from the breakpoint.

If you want to download a playlist of UHD videos like the GoPro scene lapse playlist, you can also deal it with 5KPlayer. Copy the URL of playlist, click “Paste URL & Analyze” on 5KPlayer downloading interface, you will get all the videos waiting for downloading later. There’s a small drawback, each video requires a click of “Download” button to start downloading.

Saving the subtitle along with video is part of the job of 5KPlayer. On the condition that the video provides subtitle, there’s an option to download subtitle. When there are multiple subtitles, you can choose either one or all.

The steps for downloading 4K UHD video is not complicated at all.

Step 1: Get 5KPlayer installed on your computer, launch it, and click “YouTube” on the main UI.

Step 2: Copy a 4K video’s URL, click “Paste URL and Analyze”, wait a second for the result.

Step 3: Click the “Gear” icon beside the video. Make sure you can choose the 2160p resolution, you need to click “Show all”. Select that quality, and click “Done”. Generally, this UHD downloader sets 1080p as default, for other resolutions, you need to pick it in download preferences.

Step 4: Click “Download” button to get the job done.

How to Play UHD Video  

Video music playback is the primary ability of 5KPlayer. It handles almost all movie video formats from mainstream MP4, MOV, MKV, H.264, H.265, HEVC VP9 to lesser-known VC1, YUV, DAT, etc. And HEVC (H.265) and VP9 are two main codecs that drive the ultra-high definition videos. It also plays 360 degree videos.

With hardware acceleration supported, 5KPlayer can play UHD videos easily. It lightens the burden of CPU by shifting the load to GPU, saving the most possibility of computer freezing when processing UHD video playback. However, UHD video playback does not only demand good software but also hardware. If the computer configuration is too low, it’s also hard for software to make up for it. After all, you can’t make bricks without straw.

There are some pleasant additional features of 5KPlayer that are worthy of note. Snapshot lets you keep the best scene of UHD videos as pictures, rotation makes some videos by phone recorded in wrong orientation flip 90/180/270 degrees, speed options allows you to play video music at slow or fast motion (from x0.5 to x2.0), and more.

5KPlayer offers both a Windows and Mac version. If you want to download or play 4K videos, have a try on this free UHD player and downloader.

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