Stream and Play MP4 on Xbox One S from USB or via Plex/DLNA Server

John Salley

Oct 12, 2016 07:14 am / Posted by John Salley to Game Consoles, Microsoft

The Xbox One S, a revision of the original Xbox One is the first and only game console that supports 4K Blu-ray playback and 4K video streaming. For those people who have downloaded some MP4 video from Internet or capture some MP4 footage with device recorders, you would come the idea to stream MP4 video to Xbox One S for watching on large screen TV. The following article will show you how to stream and play MP4 files on Xbox One S from USB drive, via Plex or DLNA server or with “Play To” or “Cast to Device” feature.

Stream and Play MP4 on Xbox One S

Xbox One S Media Player app supported file formats

To stream and play local video on Xbox One S, you will need to download the Xbox One S Media Player app from the Xbox store. Only file types that are included in Xbox One S Media Player app supported formats listed below can be played on Xbox One S.

Video formats: 3GP video, 3GP2, AVI DivX, DV AVI, AVI uncompressed, asf, AVI Xvid, H.264 AVCHD, M-JPEG, .mkv, .mov, MPEG-PS, MPEG-2, MPEG-2 HD, MPEG-2 TS, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, MPEG-4 SP, WMV, WMV HD
Audio formats: 3GP audio, AAC, ADTS, MP3, WAV, WMA, WMA Lossless, WMA Pro, WMA Voice

The MP4 container file format that you try to load into Xbox One S can be encoded with various different video and audio codec. If you receive an importing error message when adding MP4 video to Xbox One S Media Player app, then it is ideal for you to download a third-party video conversion app such as Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate (best video converter review) to convert virtually any incompatible MP4 files with the resolution of 4K/2K/HD/SD to Xbox One S media player app readable video and audio formats listed above.

To get the best playback effect on Xbox One S, you can flexibly tweak the output video codec, bit rate, frame rate, resolution and audio codec, bit rate, sample rate and channels in the program’s profile settings window.

For Blu-ray or DVD disc owners, this powerful program also facilitates you to rip region locked Blu-ray/DVD or ISO files for playing on Xbox One S Media Player app.

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How to Convert MP4 for Xbox One Media Player app?

Step 1: Load mp4 files into the program.

After the successful installation, click “File” > “Add Video/Audio” or “Add from Folder” to load unsupported mp4 files into the program.

Step 2: Set output file format.

Click “Format” bar, from its drop-down options, select one of Xbox One S supported file formats such as “H.264 HD Video(*mp4)” frop “HD Video” main category.

Tips: You can get better output quality by flexibly tweaking the output video codec, resolution, frame rate, bit rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate or channels.

Output Xbox One S optimized profile settings

You can also select to output Xbox One S preset profile formats by following “Zune/Xbox 360 Device” > “Xbox 360 HD Video(*.wmv)” which can also work on Xbox One S.

Step 3: Start MP4 to Xbox One S conversion.

Tap the “Convert” button in the right-bottom to begin the conversion from MP4 file to Xbox One S media player app readable formats conversion process.

After the conversion is completed, you can stream video to Xbox One S via USB drive, DLNA Server or Plex Media Server.

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