Play MP4 on TV from USB

It is likely that you may Have downloaded some movies from online video sharing sites with MP4 file formats or captured a MP4 video with your camera, camcorder, smartphone or tablets, you may often feel confused that your TV even can't recognize your USB storage devices or you can play certain MP4 files from USB on TV but fail to play other MP4 files due to the unknown reasons. The following article will illustrate those problems for you with helpful tips and solutions.

Why your TV not read your USB drive?

Do not simply assume that because a television has a USB port, it can play files from a USB drive. In some case the port is solely designed for use by engineers who need to run software on the television, for example to update or repair the set. Some sets may only be able to display video files once you have enabled an option in a service menu that isn't officially publicized to consumers; take care with such menus as you could affect the TV's performance by changing service menu settings.

Why fail to play certain MP4 files on TV from USB?

If your TV does support video playback from USB, the main factor that affects your ability to watch a particular video is the file format. You will need to consult the user manual or promotional material for the particular set to see which formats it supports. It is well known that MP4 is a container file format, which can be encoded with vavrious different video and audio codec, your TV may only supports to play certain MP4 files with specification compression codec such as H.264, H.265 within specification resolution and resolution range.

To solve "TV not playing MP4 from USB" issues, you will need a MP4 to TV Converter. Here, a powerful yet simple to use application called Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is highly recommended to you. The program has full support for all MP4 file types listed below:
Video codec: MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 (A)SP, H.264/MPEG-4, H.265/HEVC, VC-1/WMV, Real Video, Theora, Microsoft MPEG4 V2, VP8, MVC
Audio codec: MP3, WMA, AAC, AC-3, DTS,ALAC, DTS-HD

You can easily convert MP4 to TV supported file formats. And then flexibly adjust output video and audio quality by flexibly adjusting output profile parameters including video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc as you like. For those people who have no ideal how to adjust those settings on your own, you can use the program to directly output MP4 to Sony/Samsung/LG/Panasonic TV Preset Profile formats with the optimal playback settings.

For Mac users, please download Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac to get the job completed on macOS Sierra or macOS High Sierra.

 

How to Convert MP4 for TV Playback via USB?

Step 1: Load MP4 files into the program.

Download the free trial version of the program. Launch it on your computer. Click "File" menu and select "Add Video/Audio" or click the "Add Video" button on the top tool bar to import source MP4 files into the program.

Step 2: Define the output format.

Clicking the Format bar, from its drop-down list, choose one of TV playable file formats such as "H.264 HD Video(*mp4)" under "HD Video" main category.

Tips: Click "Settings" on the main interface to open "Profile Settings" window, here, you can flexibly choose or specify exactly the profile parameters including video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc as you like to get better output video and audio quality.

If you have no idea how to adjust output profile settings on your own, just choose to output Sony/Samsung/LG/Panasonic TV preset profile formats.

Step 3: Begin the conversion process.

After all setting is completed, hit the "Convert" button at the right bottom of the main interface to begin the conversion process from unsupported MP4 to TV supported or preset profile formats.

When the conversion is finished, click "Open Output Folder" icon on the main interface to open the folder with generated files. Then feel free to transfer the files to USB drive for viewing on your TV.