Play MP4 on Vizio TV from USB Drive

For Vizio TV users, you may often come the need to play some local MP4 files on Vizio TV from USB drive, however, sometimes, when you plug the USB into your Vizio TV’s USB port, you may find that your TV even not recognize the USB drive, in other times, your Vizio TV can detect the USB drive, but not read the MP4 movies stored on the USB drive. The following article will illustrate those issues for you and also offer the simple solution to get any MP4 files played on Vizio TV from USB drive.

Why Vizio TV not recognize USB drive?

Most Vizio flat-screen TV units have one or more USB ports on the back or side. On many Vizio models from 2009 and earlier, a USB port is for service use only. A technician uses a service port to perform diagnostics, troubleshoot problems and apply firmware upgrades.

Why Vizio TV not detect the movies on USB drive?

USB ports on newer Vizio “smart” TVs, which interface with the Internet, can support a variety of uses. If the USB port on Vizio TV can be used for media playback, you will then be able to play any saved content on a USB-compatible storage device. However, to properly play media on Vizio TV from USB port, please following the suggestions below:
– Make sure the drive is formatted to FAT32
– Use a Drive that is 8GB or less
– Reduce the size of the file (if possible)
– Reduce the number of files on the drive being used
– Try multiple files of the same format to verify that the initial file was not corrupted
– the files must be encoded with Vizio TV supported file formats

Convert and compress MP4 files for Vizio TV USB playing

After you’ve got the properly formatted USB drive, then the next important thing you need to do is converting unsupported MP4 to Vizio TV USB compatible file formats. After a lot of online searching and testing, we get the information that you can play MP4 file encoded with H.264 video codec and AAC audio codec on Vizio HD TV while playing MKV container format with H.265/HEVC video encoding on Vizio 4K TV.

To get other MP4 files encoded with compatible codec or wrapped with unsupported container formats played on Vizio HD/4K TV, you will need to perform a codec transoding or wrapper chaning process. Here, you can get the job easily done with our Best MP4 Video Converter - Pavtube Video Converter, which has full support for all 4K/2K/HD/SD MP4 files encoded with various different compression codec and container file formats, you can batch convert multiple MP4 files to Vizio HD/4K TV supported file formats listed above with fast conversion speed and perfect output file quality.

Tips: Pavtube Video Converter supports hard-ware accelerated encoding for H.264 and H.265 codec. You can get up to 6x H.264 codec encoding speed as long as your computer runs on Graphic card that supports Nvidia CUDA or AMD App technology or 30x H.265 codec encoding speed as long as your computer runs on Graphic card that supports Nvidia NVENC technology.

Related article: Vizio HDTV Accepted Flash Drive Movies | Play WMV on Vizio TV

Compress MP4 files for Vizio TV USB drive

Since the maximum storage capacity for Vizio TV USB drive should be 8GB or less, therefore, if the MP4 file that you try to save on USB drive is large than that limitation, you will need to reduce the file size. The good news is that there are many different ways for you to get a small file with our program, if you don’t suffer any quality loss, you can use the “trim” tool to cut off unwanted parts to leave only your wanted segments or use the “split” function to split large file into smaller parts by file size, count for length. If you do not care too much about output video quality, you can try the following ways to compress MP4 file with some quality loss:
– Lower the output video resolution
– Lower the bit rate 20-50% of the default to get small files
– Lower the frame rate of the video to 15 or 10 fps can reduce the file size by as much as 1/2 or 2/3

How to Convert and Compress MP4 for Vizio HD/4K TV Playing from USB?

Step 1: Load MP4 files into the program.

Install and launch the MP4 video converter program on your computer, click “File” > “Add Video/Audio” or “Add from Folder” to load unsupported MP4 files into the program.

Load unsupported 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.

Output 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.

Output Vizio HD TV supported 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 Vizio 4K TV supported file formats

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

Adjust output video and audio codec for Vizio 4K TV

Step 3: Compress large video for Vizio TV.

Trim video to shorten video length

Open “Video Editor” window and switch to the “Trim” tab, you can drag the slider bars to include the segment you want to remain, click the left square bracket to set start point, and click the right square bracket to set end point when previewing the video or directly input specific values to “Start” and “End” box.

Trim video length

Split large MP4 video

By clicking the “Split” button on file list, or from “Edit” menu, you can launch the “Video Split” window. Checking “Enable” to enable it, and then you can split the file by file count, time length, or file size.

Split large MP4 files

Lower resolution/bit rate/frame rate

Click “Settings” to open “Profile Settings” window, you can change video resolution to a suitable file size, lower the bit rate 20-50% of the default to get small files or lower the frame rate to 15 or 10 fps.

Lower output video resolution

Step 5: Begin the conversion process.

After all setting is completed, hit right-bottom “Convert” button to begin the MP4 to Vizio HD/4K TV supported formats conversion, trimming and compression process.

When the conversion is completed, you can have no problem to play MP4 files on Vizio TV from USB drive.

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