As a mighty video streaming, Roku 3/4 provides some of the most robust movies and shows from most major streaming providers including Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and HBO Go. However, out of the box, the Roku 3/4 doesn’t support direct playback of digital media content stored on your computer. Fortunately, the Roku 3/4 has USB ports, which allows you to access local media files through an external USB drive. The following article will show you how to watch videos movies on Roku 3/4 via USB drive.
1. Install the Roku Media Player channel, either through the Channel Store on your Roku or via Roku’s website.
2. Add the video files to your external USB drive from your computer. Make sure the file formats should be included in Roku 3/4 supported file formats as below:
MP4 (H.264), MOV (H.264), MKV (H.264), ASF/WMV (WMV9/VC1)
MP3, AAC, Dolby Digital (MP4, MOV, and MKV pass through only), DTS (MKV pass through only)
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3. Connect the USB drive to the Roku 3/4’s USB port, located on the right side of the box.
4. Launch the Roku Media Player channel and select Videos.
5. Choose the USB drive that’s attached to the Roku 3/4.
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.
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Step 1: Load video/movie files to the program.
Run the program on your computer, click “File” > “Add Video/Audio” to import Roku 3 incompatible videos/movies to the program.
Step 2: Output Roku 3/4 supported playback formats.
Click the “Format” bar, from its drop-down list, select Roku 3 best playback formats by following “HD Video” > “H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)” or “HD Video” > “MKV
Tips: If you like, you can click “Settings” to change the video encoder, resolution, frame rate, etc. as you wish. Keep in mind the file size and video quality is based more on bitrate than resolution which means higher bitrate results in big file size, and lower visible quality loss, and vice versa.
Step 3: Start video to Roku 3/4 conversion process.
Go back to the main interface, click right-bottom “Convert” button to start convert any video to Roku 3/4 USB playable formats. When the conversion is completed, you can find the converted file on your computer by clicking the “Open Output Folder” button.
Afterwards, follow the guide below to stream any local media files from your computer to Roku 3/4 via USB drive.
Play Blu-ray/DVD movies on Roku 3/4 via USB drive
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