Play 2K/4K MP4 on Vizio TV from USB via WD My Cloud via DLNA Server

John Salley

Apr 04, 2017 03:15 am / Posted by John Salley

Have some online downloaded, disc ripped or device recorded 2K/4K video on your local hard drive, and wish to stream and play them on your Vizio TV, the following article the talk about the possibility and solutions to view 2K/4K MP4 video on Vizio TV from USB drive or from WD My Cloud stored 2K/4K video via DLNA Server.

Vizio TV

Play 2K/4K on Vizio TV through USB drive/external hard drive

The USB ports on many new Vizio Smart TV can play media connected it through a USB drive or external hard drive that has been formatted with a FAT32 or NTFS disk format. Just put your file on a USB flash drive/external hard drive and plug it directly into the USB port on the TV. Once you plug it in, a message will appear on the screen stating that media was detected. Select Yes and you can then view your files and play from there. If the message stating media was detected, does not appear, you will need to open the Multimedia app.

If the file doesn’t play, then it is most likely a codec or file format issue. After a lot of online searching and testing, we find that Vizio HD TV only supports to play file formats encoded with H.264 video codec and AAC audio codec. As for Vizio 4K TV, only MKV container format with H.265/HEVC video encoding are supported. To fix Vizio Smart TV format or resolution incompatible issue, you can use a third-party program like Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate (review) to convert unsupported 2K/4K to Vizio HD/4K TV playable file formats and resolution listed above.

In the program’s “Profile Settings” window, you can adjust to output Vizio Smart TV supported AAC audio codec, you are also allowed to tweak other settings like video resolution/bit rate/frame rate, audio bit rate/sample rate/channels, etc to let them fit with the optimal playback settings for Vizio HD/4K TV.

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Adjust output video apsect ratio

If the original 2K/4K video uses an aspect ratio that doesn’t match the display screen of your Vizio HD/4K TV, you will see black bars around the movies when viewing on your TV, never mind, you can use the programs built-in crop function to change the output video aspect ratio to let them fit with your Vizio Smart TV.

Tips: To smoothly view 4K MP4 on Vizio HD TV, it would be ideal for you to compress 4K to 1080p by outputting a Vizio HD TV favorable HD format and 1080p/720p resolution.

Play 2K/4K on Vizio TV via DLNA Server stored on WD My Cloud Drive

To play video stored on WD My Cloud via DLNA Server on Vizio TV, first the Vizio TV will need to have DLNA client support. Second, your media content stored on the WD My Cloud must be in folders that have Media Streaming enabled on the folder, and be in a format that can be accessed and streamed via DLNA clients of your Vizio TV. The good news is that Vizio TV has a Multimedia app that can detect and play content stored on WD My Cloud in folders that have “Media Streaming” enabled, in addition, the WD My Cloud also includes a DLNA certified Media Server known as “Twonky Server” for playing videos on DLNA compatible Vizio TV. And the following types are supported for playing through Twonky Server.

Audio files: 3GP, AAC, AC3, AIF, ASF, FLAC, LPCM, M4A, M4B, MP1, MP2, MP3, MP4, MPA, OGG, WAV, WMA
Video files: 3GP, AVI, Divx, DVR-MS, FLV, M1V, M4V, MKV, MOV, MP1, MP4, MPE, MTS, MPV, MPG, MPEG-2, SPTS, VDR, VOB, WMV, Xvid

If your media is not in a Twonky Media Server supported format then it will have to be converted to a supported format. Here, you can still use our best MP4 to Vizio TV Converter program – Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate listed above to get Twonky Media Server compatible streaming formats displayed above.

How to Convert 2K/4K MP4 for Vizio TV Playing from USB or DLAN Server Stored on WD My Cloud?

Step 1: Load 2K/4K MP4 video 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 2K/4K MP4 video source video files into the program.

Load 2K/4K MP4 video

Step 2: Output Vizio HD/4K TV playable formats.

Output Vizio HD TV supported file formats

From “Format” bar drop-down list, select Vizio HD TV playable “H.264 HD Video(*mp4)” under “HD Video” main category.

Vizio HD TV supported file formats

Tips: You can get Vizio HD TV supported AAC audio codec from the “Audio Codec” drop-list in the “Profile Settings” window.

Adjust Vizio HD TV supported AAC audio codec

Output Vizio 4K TV supported file formats

From “Format” drop-down list, scroll down to select “HD Video” > “MKV HD Video(*.mkv)” as output file format.

 Output HD MKV format

Then open “Profile Settings” window, set the output video codec as “H.265”, audio codec as “AAC”.

Output Vizio 4K TV supported H.265 HD MKV and AAC audio codec

Step 3: Change output video aspect ratio.

Go the “Crop” tab in the “Video Editor” Window, switch to the “Advanced Mode”. To change output video aspect ratio, there are several aspect ratios for you to choose from, including 16:10, 16:9, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2, and 2:1, you can choose Vizio Smart TV accepted aspect ratio. Once you select a “Display aspect ratio”, the “green crop frame” will keep this ratio to crop video and you are able to preview the final effect in real time. If you want to keep the same aspect ratio in your final output files, do remember to set the Video “Size (pix)” in “Settings” section as the same ratio as display aspect ratio.

Change output video aspect ratio

Step 4: Start the final conversion process.

Go back to the main interface, tap right-bottom “Convert” button to start the conversion from 2K/4K MP4 video to Vizio TV supported file formats and settings.

When the conversion is completed, you will have no problem to enjoy converted files on Vizio HD/4K TV from USB drive via DLNA Server stored on WD My Cloud.

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