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Solve Can't Play MP4 on PS3/PS4

April 19 2016 , Written by Bonnie Published on #play mp4 on ps4, #play mp4 on ps3, #best mp4 to ps4 converter, #best mp4 to ps3 converter

Both PS3 and PS4 are developed as popular game consoles, many people use them to watch movies. However, when playing MP4 on PS3/PS4, many people just encounter various problems, such as ”PS4 won’t recognize MP4 from USB“, “PS3 Won’t Play MP4“, “no audio when playing MP4 on PS4“, “Can’t Play MP4 on PS4” or “PS3 can’t read some of MP4 videos“, etc. The following content just aims to explain why PS4 doesn’t play MP4 movies as well as provide an easy way to play all MP4 movies on PS3/PS4.

Among of all other things, the PS3/PS4 enables you to watch movies and videos in different file formats. As PS3/PS4 design for video games containing high performance graphic hardware which allows you to play your video files including 3D videos. You just need a 3D supported TV and glasses.

Part 1:Does PS3/PS4 Play MP4?

The answer of this question is yes and no, it depends on the MP4 detailed format. We have tried to choose the most authentic reason for not supporting MP4 files on PS3. According to play station support website, PS3 is only supporting that MP4 files which are fixed with H.264/MPEG-4 AVC high profile (AAC LC). While on the other hand MP4 is that container video design which is containing audio codec or a variety of videos. If the MP4 video is not programmed with PS3/PS4 attuned codec, then it is the case we will fall short to stream MP4 to PS3/PS4 or we will not be able to play MP4 files on PS3 and PS4 even if MP4 is effectively shifted to PS3 and PS4.


Part 2: Why Cannot My PS3/PS4 Play MP4?

PS3/PS4 officially support MP4 file but still we can see many case where user cannot play their MP4 file. Here are some common questions asked by different users:

Q1: When I tried to play MP4 files made with my Samsung HD camcorder on PS3. I can view the video perfectly, but after about 3 seconds, I lost audio;

Q2:  Why I haven't been able to get my PS3 recognize or play any video files from an external source?

Q3:  I have an MP4 file (h.264/aac). When I put this file in a USB stick and insert the stick into PS3, it can see the USB stick but it says no files;

As we know there are still some other MP4 videos codec which can be used in encoding video, such files are unsupported by PS3/PS4 like MPEG-4 ASP. The extension of the both files would be the same like” .MP4” but both encoded with different methods.

So as by default PS3/PS4 play MP4 files but only with the codec MPEG-4 AVC H.264 /Xvid/DivX and audio codec of AAC. Other MP4 video files are unsupported like MPEG-4 ASP. So in simple words we can say that, PS3/PS4 might be play .MP4 (supported codec), or might not be (unsupported codec) play a MP4 file. (read PS3/PS4 supported formats)

Part 3: Solve Can't Play MP4 on PS3/PS4 - Convert MP4 to PS3/PS4 Video

In order to successfully play various MP4 files on PS3/PS4, a widely used solution is to convert MP4 to PS3/PS4 recognized formats. Here, we strongly recommend Pavtube Video Converter to help you convert MP4 to PS3/PS4 to solve "PS3/PS4 won't play MP4" issue.

Besides transcoding MP4 to PS3/PS4 supported formats, Pavtube Video Converter also has the powerful feature of converting almost all kinds of videos to PS3/PS4. 

Furthermore, Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is also a built-in editor to optimize MP4 files in the following aspects: trim, crop, merge files into one, split by chapter, add subtitle/watermark/effect, adjust volume/channel/bitrate, and rotate, etc.

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How to Solve Can't Play MP4 on PS3/PS4 with Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate

Step 1: Load MP4 files

Click "Add video" button on the main interface to load your MP4 files to the program. You also can drag the file to the program's window list directly. 


 Step 2: Select PS4/PS3 video as output format

For streaming to PS4, "PS3 Video(AC3 5.1)(*.avi)", "PS3 Video (480P) MPEG-4(*.mp4)", "PS3 Video (720P) MPEG-4(*.mp4)", "PS3 Video (1080P) MPEG-4(*.mp4)" from "PSP/PS3" column can all be suitable choices. 


Step 3: Transcode MP4 videos to PS4/PS3

Click the "Convert" button at the bottom right corner on the main interface to start transcoding MP4 to PS3/PS4 formats. The process will be finished soon. After the conversion, you can easily find the encoded MP4 video clips in the destination folder by clicking "Open" button for playing and sharing to PS3/PS4. Now you can transfer them to PS3/PS4 without any problems.

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