In this blog, we are going to learn about video playback, types of video playback issues and how we can fix them on Windows 11.
The act of playing or viewing video content on a computer, smartphone, tablet, or television is referred to as “video playback.” It entails decoding and rendering video files to show them as moving pictures with sound.
The media player or video player software on the device reads the digital data from the file and decodes it into a format that can be displayed on the screen when a video file is played back. In order to extract the frames, colours, and motion data from the movie, the video codec that was used to compress it must be understood.
The graphics processing unit (GPU) of the device receives the decoded video data and renders it. The frames are processed by the GPU, which also performs any necessary adjustments (such scaling or rotation) before sending the finished images to the display.
Now, let’s find out the types of Video Playback Issues
Here are the top 10 video playback issues that Windows users may encounter:
1. Codec Issues: Certain codecs can be necessary for certain video files to play properly. You can encounter playing troubles or simply see a blank screen if the necessary codec is not present or is incompatible.
2. Outdated Video Drivers: Having trouble playing back videos can be caused by outdated or incompatible video drivers. Playback of the video may stutter, freeze, or become distorted as a result.
3. Corrupted Video Files: During playback, corrupted video files may refuse to play or display problems including distorted graphics, missing audio, or sporadic stalling.
4. Insufficient System Resources: Your system may struggle to handle video playback properly, resulting in sluggish or choppy playback if it is underpowered in terms of CPU processing power, RAM, or graphics capabilities.
5. Conflicting Software: Problems can occasionally arise from incompatibilities between video playback software and other installed codecs or applications. Software that is incompatible with one another may impede playback and cause problems or crashes.
6. Hardware Acceleration Settings: Video playback may be impacted by improper or unsuitable hardware acceleration settings. Playback difficulties may be fixed by enabling or disabling hardware acceleration in your media player’s or graphics settings.
7. Display Driver Issues: Video playback issues may be brought on by display driver issues with your graphics card. During playback, it may result in artefacts, flickering, or colour distortion.
8. Network or Streaming Issues: When watching videos online, buffering, playback pauses, or poor video quality might occur due to problems with your internet connection, network traffic, or slow streaming servers.
9. Compatibility Issues: Windows media players might not be completely compatible with some older or less popular video formats. To ensure smooth playback in certain circumstances, you might need to use alternate media players or add more codecs.
10. Third-Party Software Interference: By blocking or altering essential system components, some third-party applications, such as antivirus programmes or system optimisation tools, might prevent video playback. It may be possible to resolve the problem by changing the settings of these software applications or momentarily disabling them.
To resolve these video playback issues, you can try the following troubleshooting steps:
Update Video Drivers:
· Download the most recent drivers compatible with your Windows version from the maker of your graphics card’s website.
· Restart your computer after installing the new drivers.
Install Necessary Codecs:
· Examine the video file’s attributes or use media information tools to determine the codec that is necessary for it to play.
· Install the necessary codec by downloading and installing the necessary codec pack, such as the K-Lite Codec Pack or the VLC media player.
· Try to play the video once more after restarting your media player.
Repair or Convert Corrupted Video Files:
· To fix corrupted video files, use specialised repair tools or video repair software, such as the built-in repair capability of VLC media player.
· If repair doesn’t work, think about converting the video to a different format with reputable tools like HandBrake or FFmpeg.
Check System Resource Availability:
· To save up system resources, end background processes and apps that are not necessary.
· To give extra memory for video playback, increase the virtual memory (page file) allotment.
· If you frequently experience resource-related problems, consider updating the hardware components of your computer, such as adding additional RAM or upgrading the graphics card.
Resolve Conflicting Software Issues:
· Check to see if any third-party programmes, such as firewall software, antivirus programmes, or system optimisation tools, are interfering with video playback by temporarily disabling or uninstalling them.
· To enable video playback, modify the conflicting software’s settings, or add exceptions for your media player in the antivirus/firewall settings.
Adjust Hardware Acceleration Settings:
· Open your media player’s or graphics driver’s preferences.
· In accordance with the existing configuration, find the hardware acceleration option and turn it on or off.
· Try out various hardware acceleration settings and watch how the video plays back.
Check Display Driver Issues:
· By visiting the manufacturer’s website or utilising automatic driver update software, you can update the display driver for your graphics card.
· Try reverting to an earlier stable driver version if the most recent version still creates problems.
Resolve Network or Streaming Issues:
· Check the stability and speed of your internet connection.
· For a more dependable connection when utilising Wi-Fi, try directly connecting your computer to the router via an Ethernet cable.
· To rule out network-related issues, reset your modem/router, clean your browser’s cache, or try a new online browser.
· Try lowering the streaming quality while streaming videos or change to a different streaming service.
Address Compatibility Issues:
· Install different media players that can play a variety of video formats, such MPC-HC or VLC.
· To improve compatibility, think about adding more codec packs like the K-Lite Codec Pack or the Combined Community Codec Pack.
Seek Professional Help:
Consider consulting a qualified video repair software like Stellar or contacting customer service for your media player’s software or hardware components if the aforementioned measures do not address the problem.
Restarting your computer after making any changes will ensure that the settings are applied. Maintaining updated versions of your operating system, media player, and codecs will also give you access to the newest features and bug fixes.