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Solved: AVI/MP4/MKV Cannot Render the File

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Jul 17, 2024 • Filed to: Photo/Video/Audio Solutions • Proven solutions

"All the files I try to play all fail with the message 'Cannot render the file.' They are dozens of files, and they all have the same bug."

mpc hc

Media Player Classic - Home Cinema (MPC-HC) is a pretty nice media player. Though it doesn't support a wide range of video formats/MIME types like bigger media players (such as VLC), it does support various media formats. "Media Player Classic Cannot render file" error is thrown when Media Player Classic encounters a video format it doesn't recognize or one it cannot play/handle. While this error may be from the MPC-HC software itself, it could also be that your video file is corrupt. If the cause of the error is from MPC, it might have been from a tiny misconfiguration or improper installation –which can be easily fixed from within the software. However, the fault can also lie with/in the video file itself.

In the article, you'll learn the various cause of this error, the way forward for fixing the error, and alternatives to Media Player Classic, too, of course!

Part 1. Possible Causes of Cannot Render The Files in Players

Here are the major reasons why Media Player Classic and other players wouldn't open your media file:

1. Wrong Configuration

This is usually the case with Media Player Classic. Every video player comes with certain files they must access before playing your media files. This includes but is not limited to codec files. Depending on how the media player in question stored these files on your device, they may no longer access such files, leading to errors. Your media player's inability to access configuration files may be due to you knowingly or unknowingly tempering.

Usually, resetting the media player's configuration could be the fix you've been looking for or uninstalling and reinstalling.

2. Improper Installation

Most media players, for example, on the Windows Operating System, come with an installer. Software applications implement this measure to prevent future difficulties that could be faced by their esteemed users/customers. During installation, various configurations are made and paths set. If the software misses this, then you're bound to run into issues.

It would help if you tried uninstalling and reinstalling the media player. Maybe the software will get it right on your next installation.

3. Unavailable Video Codec

Although MPC-HC does not officially support third-party codec files, this is one of the top causes of video errors —not just with MPC but also with most other media players.

While you can automatically update codec files on some media players via the menu -> settings, some don't come with that option, so you'll have to install codec files manually.

4. Corrupt Media Files

When you encounter this error, at first, it is almost not obvious that your media file is corrupt. Especially if you discover that other media files play the same 'corrupt' file. But file corruption is the top cause of media player errors.

You can use a dedicated video repair tool (like the one mentioned below) to easily fix almost every possible video file error while sparing yourself the troubles.

5. Virus Infection

Of all the causes of media player error, virus infections are the most misunderstood and annoying! Sometimes you'll remember playing the same file with the same player some time ago, but suddenly, your play throws a "Cannot Render The File error." If that's your case, then it's almost definitely a virus at work! Learn some methods to repair virus infected video files are very necessary.

Fix? Um... Yes. This one is tricky as some malware/virus could be a real pain in the butt. So, apart from using good antivirus software to scan your device, you should also consider updating your operating system's software or regular backup you files. Make this a habit.

Part 2. Fix AVI/MP4/MKV Cannot Render Error with Wondershare Repairit

To spare yourself your precious time and energy —most especially, prevent frustration. It would help if you always turned to a reliable Video Repair Tool such as the Wondershare Repairit Software. Video Repair Tools are verbose and could be pretty amazing —fixing unimaginable errors without you even having to know the cause of the corruption in the first place.

Please follow the steps outlined below to use the Wondershare Repairit to fix your video.

Step 1: Download and Launch the Video Repair Software.

Step 2: Next, open the location of the corrupt video file, and then drag the video from the location and paste it on the space provided.

add videos

Step 3: Check/Select the videos you want to repair.

scan videos

If the "Quick Repair Mode didn't fix your video," you should probably try the Advanced repair mode.

For advanced repair mode:

Step 1: Click "Advanced Repair" found in red behind the file that wasn't fixed.

advance repair

Follow these steps:

Step 1: Upload a working file created by the same device.

add sample videos

Step 2: Select save paths.

save videos path

That's all. Preview and save!

Video tutorial: How to Repair Corrupted Videos on Windows?

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Part 3. Other Common Issues When Playing Video

There are numerous causes of error you could encounter when playing video files. What's more, suppressing that these errors are not uncommon. Some of these are:

But no worry, the Wondershare Repairit Video Repair Tool will help you to get rid of these uncommon errors and get your videos as good as new.

And here are more detailed information for you to learn:


In the end, it doesn't matter the media player you use to play your video files as long as it provides audible and clear sounds and visuals, respectively. This article will show you how to fix the "Cannot render the file" error. Hope this tutorial was of help to you.

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