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5 Simple Techniques to Fix “Video Not Playing” Issue

Himanshu Goyal

Himanshu Goyal

Updated On - September 3, 2020

Video is a major source of entertainment and information for many all over the globe. On our systems, videos of personal memories, technical videos, informational videos, movie videos, YouTube videos, Facebook videos, Instagram videos, mobile videos, externally transferred videos, etc. can be stored. Accessing these videos on their PCs is a normal task for users, but this can be shattered with a simple error message “Video not playing”. It restricts the video from opening and playing. When these videos don’t play, there is annoyance and sense of tension among users and they try to fix it as soon as possible.

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Techniques to fix “Video Not Playing” issue
Here, are some solutions which could work for you to fix “Video Not Playing” error on your system.

  • Reboot the system
  • It should be the first step of every user facing the “Video Not Playing” issue. If you are lucky, your problem would be solved by just rebooting your system.

  • Try playing the video with different media player
  • Not all media player supports all sort of video file extensions for playing. Just try to switch to a different media player like VLC Media Player or Windows Media Player by right-clicking the video, selecting Open with and finally choosing the media player to play the video. Sometimes this trick works.

  • Install the required video codec on your system
  • The error “Video not playing” can occur with a reason which is “required video codec is not installed on your computer”. For each video file format, there is a supporting codec which needs to be available on your system to run that particular video. First, uninstall the current codec pack on your system, then have a new codec pack compatible with your video file format and install it on your system. This could help you play the video file.

  • Use VLC Media Player for fixing issue
  • Making the affected video file compatible to the VLC Media Player can help in fixing the issue. Let us know the steps for doing this.

    a. Install VLC Media Player on your system and double click on its exe to open it.
    b. Go to Media tab and click on Convert/Save option.
    c. Now add the video file with the Add option, add a subtitle file (if needed) and then click on Convert/Save option.
    d. Provide a format, and saving path for the file and click Save.
    e. Try playing the video now.

    You can also use VLC Media Player to repair your AVI videos if not playing. Follow these steps.
    a. Open the AVI file using VLC Media Player.
    b. Ignore the error and go to Tools>>Preference>>Input & Codecs.
    c. Against Damaged or Incomplete AVI file section, select Always fix option.
    d. Click on Save.
    e. Now close this window and play the AVI file again.

  • Update Device Drivers on your system
  • This technique works if the issue is due to outdated device drivers on your system. Just go to Start menu, search for Device Manager and open it. Then move to the Display adapters section, select the driver to update, right-click on it and select Update driver option. Now follow the instructions carefully to complete the update with the latest available version.

    What if Video Files are Corrupted?

    For corrupted video files on the system, there is no reliable manual technique. Corruption in videos could be the main cause behind “Video Not Playing” issue. Though inbuilt repair solutions are available as explained above, they may not helpful always.

    In that situation, one can go for a professional video repair utility. Recoveryfix Video Repair is the best video repair tool to repair corrupt/inaccessible video file formats like MP4, MOV, MTS, M4V, AVI, AVCHD, WEBM, ASF, WMV, FLV, 3G2, 3GP, F4V, etc. It is a complete repair solution with zero flaws.

    Some proficient advantages of the Recoveryfix Video Repair tool are –

    • Repairs all sort of video files available on the system
    • Supports recovery of video file from external devices
    • Performs repair of video files in bulk
    • Compatible with all video file formats
    • Maintains original quality and structure of files
    • Works on al Windows versions

    Please go through the working steps of the Recoveryfix Video Repair tool.

    1. Launch the installed Recoveryfix Video Repair tool on your system.
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    3. Click Add Files option and add as many video files from the system drive for repair.
    4. Add Files

    5. Once the files are added, click Repair Files option to start the repair.
    6. start the repair

    7. Add the destination to save your repaired video files.
    8. save your repaired video files

    9. The repair process will get started and finally displays status as ‘Success’ on completion.
    10. displays status as Success

      So, now you know to fix “Video not playing” issue.

      Final Words
      Some simple manual tricks are given to fix “Video Not Playing” issue. Also a, professional video repair tool is mentioned for fixing all kind of corruption issues that lead to video file inaccessibility.

      8 thoughts on “5 Simple Techniques to Fix “Video Not Playing” Issue”

      1. Excellent post, please keep on sharing wonderful article like this! It makes me happy reading your post.

      2. Hi, Benjamin
        Well, you can search it online by specifying the file format of your videos; for instance, you can enter “Codes for MP4 video files.

      3. I tried using the VLC media player method to fix the error, but it didn’t work. What could be the possible reason behind it?

      4. Hi Lucas, first of all you need to make sure that VLC Media player is up to date. Also, if you’re repairing a video file, make sure you convert it to AVI format first, and then use VLC to fix the errors with Video.

      5. Thanks for an excellent share. Your blog has proved your hard work & experience you have got in this field brilliant. Keep it up.

      6. I had downloaded some codecs from Internet and used them to play the video. But the video is still not working on VLC Player. What should I do now?

      7. Hi Hadley,
        If the video is not playable after using the codecs, then it means that codecs is either older one, non supportive or even a corrupt one. it can further corrupt the video. So, you should use the best video repair software and save the video safely.

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