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How to stream MP4 videos to Roku 3 for playing?

August 18 2015 , Written by Bonnie

Description: If you failed to play MP4 videos on Roku 3, we offer the answer to you.

 How to stream MP4 videos to Roku 3 for playing?

Roku 3 is a mighty streaming video machine, with channels offering movies and shows from most major streaming providers, including Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and HBO Go. As a widely-accepted media player, you can use it to stream videos directly on your TV with lots of channel choices. Sometimes you want to play MP4 videos on Roku 3 for sharing with your friends or else. But when you try to stream MP4 videos on Roku 3 for playing, maybe occurs just as the following:

“ I want to edit MP4 video with video editing software to play personalized MP4 on my Roku 3. Though I successfully transfer MP4 to Roku USB drive, the transferred MP4 files can't play on my Roku USB channel. Why? what should i do? ”

Look the following Roku 3 supported formats firstly, which is so important.

Video — MKV (H.264), MP4 (H.264), MOV (H.264), WMV (VC-1, firmware 3.1 only)

Music — AAC, MP3, WMA, FLAC (firmware 5.3 and later), WAV (firmware 5.3 and later)
Photo — JPG, PNG, GIF (non-animated)

It is clear that not all MP4 are supported for Roku 3. It only supports MP4 files encoded with H.264 video and AAC audio. That is to say, if the MP4 is encoded with other video or audio codec, Roku 3 will fail to play those kinds of MP4 files. 

Faced with this trouble, you need to encode MP4 video to H.264 video. A powerful tool is highly recommended to you. It is Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate (Read review), which can encode your MP4 videos to Roku 3 more friendly format like H.264 MP4/H.264 MKV. In addition to solving MP4 to Roku 3 issue, the professional MP4 to Roku 3 Converter can also fast change other formats like H.265, M3U8, AVI, MKV, WMV, FLV, MOV, WTV, MVI, etc to Roku 3 compatible formats while keeping the orginal video quality. It is also a good video editor that can import MP4 files together, cut off the unwanted MP4 files, adjust the video screen and video image, add watermark to MP4 files, rotate MP4 files, add effects to MP4 video, add subtitles and more functions.

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Please download and follow the step-by-step guide to encode AVI to play on Roku 3/2/1 without hassle.

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How to stream unsupported MP4 videos and audios on Roku 3 for playing with iFastime Video Converter Ultimate?

Step 1.Import MP4 to Roku MP4 Converter

Click " File" button to load the unplayable MP4 files to the software. You can also drag and drop MP4 files to the interface of the software if you prefer.

Step 2. Set the Output Format

Click Format > choose output MP4 format like “H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)”from “ HD Video”, which is the best video format to play on Roku 3. Or choose "H.264 High Profile Video(*.mp4)" from "Common Video".


Tips: For better enjoying videos on Roku 3, you can click “Settings” to adjust the Video Options and Audio Options, such as Video Codec, Video Bitrate, Audio Codec, Audio Bitrate, Audio Channel


Step 3.Start to convert videos for Roku 3

Simply click the green arrow button to convert videos for Roku player. Once the conversion is finished, you can click "Output Folder" button to get the output files.

The Roku 3's USB port opens up the option of playing video files from any USB drive, whether that's a USB stick or a full portable hard drive. Here's how to play a video on your Roku 3 from a USB drive.

How to stream and play videos from USB dive to your Roku 3?

1. Install the Roku Media Player channel, either through the Channel Store on your Roku or via Roku's website.

2. Add the video file to your external USB drive from your computer. The Roku 3 can play MKV, MP4 and MOV files.

3. Connect the USB drive to the Roku 3's USB port, located on the right side of the box.

4. Launch the Roku Media Player channel and select Videos.

5. Choose the drive that's attached to the Roku 3.

6. Navigate to the folder that has the video file you want to watch. Click OK to open the folder.

7. Select the video to watch and click Play on the remote.

You can also use the Roku Media Player channel to listen to music or view photos from a USB drive. Play an entire folder of music files by pressing Play on the remote while on a folder, or navigate to a specific track to play only that song. For photos, you can start a slideshow by pressing play while on a folder of photos.

1)Add the music files to your USB drive. Roku 3 can play AAC, MP3, WMA and FLAC. It can’t play digital rights management (DRM) protected files.

2)Open the Roku Media Player channel and select Audio.

3)If you loaded the music files onto the USB drive in folders, select a folder to see the songs.

4)Press Play on the Roku remote to begin listening.

It is so easy to stream and play MP4 videos on Roku 3. Now you can enjoy your videos on Roku 3 freely!

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