As familiar to all, VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It boasts that it plays most codecs with no codec packs needed – MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, MKV, WebM, WMV, MP3. On the contrary, RMVB is an exception. It may prompt an error when you stream RMVB files on VLC. What can you do when it happens? Can VLC player play RMVB files seriously? Scroll this post down and find the answer soon.

Part 1: Why VLC Can’t Play RMVB Videos

A bit background about RMVB is given here in case someone does not know it clearly yet. RMVB (RealMedia Variable Bitrate) is a video file format developed by RealNetworks, which can be an audio or video file. Previously, it was exclusive to RealPlayer but now many media players can play RMVB files.

It is interesting to learn that RMVB files are partially supported by VLC, that is to say, you may come across problems during RMVB playback on VLC but that happens just occasionally not always. If you experience image slipping or blurring effect, sound unmatched to the image, etc., you probably install the VLC without appropriate codec. As said, VLC claims that it supports real video (1/2/3/4) and real audio, how come you still experience faults during playback? One of the possible reasons is you miss the correct codec to RMVB playback on your VLC. It may be an old version of VLC so you need to install the codec package for making smooth RMVB playback on your VLC or simply turn to other alternative players for help.

Part 2: How to Make VLC Play RMVB Movies

Installing a codec pack is a very cost-effective way to rectify the fault when you have problems during RMVB playback on VLC. Like many system packs, codec packs can be found and downloaded from the internet free. That said, the VLC codec pack is a simple-to-install package of decoding codecs used for playing back music and movie files. After installation, you will be able to play 99.9% of files in VLC.

First, download the RMVB codec pack to your PC and install it according to the wizard. Once the installation completes, you can restart the system and launch VLC again. You may find that it has been refreshed all of sudden and you can stream RMVB files as smooth as other files finally.

This step is suitable for professionals who have knowledge about codec packs and how they work. If you are a beginner, I don’t suggest you spending time and efforts to get codec packs because in most cases, you may find it difficult to get the codec packs right for your playback. Just move to the next section and try alternatives to play RMVB in a hassle free way.

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Part 3: 3 Alternatives to Open and Play RMVB Files on PC

As what I have mentioned, if you are reluctant to install codec packs and not very much into tech stuff, you can simply turn to other alternative media players for help. This is extremely handy, even for beginners. As I have said above, many media players are developed to handle all kinds of media files, including RMVB. Among all these competitive media players, I will strongly recommend the following top 3 for you.

1. Leawo Blu-ray Player

As a leading media processing developer, Leawo has so many brilliant tools catering to all kinds of needs. Leawo Blu-ray Player is a 100% free media player developed to play media files without hassle. By supporting a bunch of video and audio formats, this player gains international popularity and reputation. It acts as free Blu-ray disc player, free DVD disc player, free HD video player (free 4K video player), free ISO file player, and free audio player. Best of all, with advanced image and audio processing technology, Leawo Free Blu-ray Player software delivers superb movie experience, offering you cinema-like enjoyment with your home theatre system. Being handy to use and providing so many user-friendly features, this player gives you all wish and you don’t even need to go to the cinema anymore. It is just like a dream come true.

Talking about the procedures to run this player, I am confident that even beginners will fall in love with it immediately. This hassle-free media player is extremely easy to grasp. Firstly you may download the software to your PC for installation. After that, you can launch the player and load your file to the playlist. Before you decide which movie to play, you have a lot of options to adjust the settings.

    Free Blu-ray Player

    – Region-free Blu-ray player software to play Blu-ray disc and DVD disc for free, regardless of disc protection and region restriction.
    – Play 4K FLV videos, 4K MKV videos, 4K MP4 videos, etc. without quality loss.
    – Play 1080P videos, 720P videos with lossless quality.

2. RealPlayer

Needless to say, it is easiest to play RMVB files with RealPlayer, who belongs to RealNetworks as well. This is a cross-platform media player app, compatible with numerous container file formats of the multimedia realm, including MP3, MP4, QuickTime File Format, Windows Media format, and the proprietary RealAudio and RealVideo formats. It is very easy to get it installed and play your RMVB files after installation. First of all, you may visit the RealPlayer page on the RealMedia website and click the RealPlayer Free Download button. Then, click to save the downloaded file on your computer using the Save window that appears. Finally, double-click on the icon of the downloaded file to start the installation wizard. As soon as the installation completes, you may stream RMVB directly on RealPlayer.


3. Real Alternative

If you don’t like Real Player, try Real Alternative. This is suitable for those who don’t want to install the Real Player. Specifically, Real Alternative will allow you to play Real Media files while you don’t have to install Real Player. It is funny, isn’t it? All Real Media formats are supported here, including streaming contents and Real Media contents that are embedded in web pages. You may simply download the installation pack from the internet and follow the wizard to get it installed successfully on your PC. This is a very compact program so you will soon get it ready for movie playback.


Part 4: Comparison between VLC and Leawo Blu-ray Player

RMVB is not a big issue during playback so you will easily solve those problems during playback with the above recommended players. RMVB player VLC is not an all-round solution because even though VLC claims to support real video/audio, it still gets complaints that many people will experience playback issue when they stream RMVB files on VLC. While on the other hand, Leawo Blu-ray Player presents a brand new experience for users to watch RMVB movies smoothly on computer. We can draw a table to show their pros and cons in details.

Media Player Pros Cons
Leawo Blu-ray Player
  • 100% free
  • 6-in-1 media player
  • Simple user interface
  • Cinema like movie experience
  • High quality for movie playback
  • Supports almost all video formats
  • Offers customize-able features
  • Provides hassle free playback service
  • Compact installation size
  • Needs software installation
  • Free app
  • Supports most common video formats
  • Handy to playback
  • Limited features for customization
  • Requires app installation
  • Requires updates from time to time
  • Complicated to master during editing
  • Less reliable than professional developers

Overall, VLC is less competitive than Leawo Blu-ray Player, the former being developed by a non-profit organization with the need to get donation for running the program. That said, it is less reliable than professional developers to a large extent.

Part 5: Conclusion

In summary, we have introduced some very fundamental concepts about RMVB to readers at the beginning, which relates to the topic "can VLC player play RMVB files". VLC, a very common media player, plays a great role for media playback as well as file editing and conversion. The problem is sometimes it does not work so well, especially when it handles some video files without comprehensive codec pre-installed. In our case, if users encounter problems during RMVB playback on VLC, they may naturally turn to alternative media players for help. So we introduce three top-ranking media players for readers to handle RMVB files. Real Player and Real Alternative are both connected to RealNetworks and they can be a one-stop solution for RMVB playback. At the same time, Leawo Blu-ray Player is introduced as well thanks to its increasing popularity in the industry. This free player not only handles common video and audio files, but also serves as a powerful Blu-ray/DVD to MKV converter functioning remarkably to convert Blu-ray/DVD disc, folder and ISO image to MKV with lossless quality and 6X higher speed. It is capable of converting protected Blu-ray/DVD discs of all regions and from all movie studios, this program could also preserve all the original subtitles and audio tracks for output MKV. Feel free to try them out and leave the comments below for sharing with other readers.