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Can this console play MP4's?

#1exile2000Posted 5/14/2013 1:33:06 AM
Iv got a tv show thats on my USB and i was wondering if the 360 reads could read this format?
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#2SoF-RamboPosted 5/14/2013 1:42:59 AM
It's supposed to but I never seem to be able to get an .mp4 file to run.
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#3MasterFoxCheif3Posted 5/14/2013 1:48:42 AM
It reads avi and mp4 on mine....>-<
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#4TBD2009Posted 5/14/2013 1:59:10 AM
MP4s need to actually be in the proper MP4 format, for Xbox Video to recognize, and play it.

I've had a few MP4s refuse to play, and it was ultimately due to them being a different codec format. So that could be the problem you're having, TC. Make sure it's in Mpeg-4 format (I don't think H264 MP4 format is supported), and you should be fine.

I'd try other MP4s and see if they also fail to work for you.
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#5sailormacrossPosted 5/14/2013 2:00:14 AM
avi and wmv must be update for mp4. i tried couple years ago. at time- i ended up convert format file
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#6Ginsu VictimPosted 5/14/2013 5:16:02 AM
I use Plex for everything.
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#7Super CreaturesPosted 5/14/2013 5:33:33 PM
TBD2009 posted...
don't think H264 MP4 format is supported


Yes, it is.

At least with the Optional Media Update installed.

When I get files in other containers or codecs, I always convert to H264 MP4.
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#8ssj5goku2005Posted 5/14/2013 7:39:02 PM
If I tried playing an .mp4 or a .wma my old 360, it would tell me the file isn't supported without the proper update, then would let me download the update (it did it every time I tried playing it after turning on the Xbox, but the update took like 5 seconds so I didn't mind) my new 360 says the same thing, but doesn't offer the update
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#9TBD2009Posted 5/15/2013 12:20:54 AM
Super Creatures posted...
TBD2009 posted...
don't think H264 MP4 format is supported


Yes, it is.

At least with the Optional Media Update installed.

When I get files in other containers or codecs, I always convert to H264 MP4.


I wasn't sure of it (I'm using a free converter software called "Any Video Converter", and for the Xbox/Zune HD Video option it doesn't tell me I'm converting to H264, only that it's an Mpeg-4 video file), but it's good to know it supports it, provided you're using the media update.

That just leaves the possibility that the video file isn't a "true" MP4, and that's why the Xbox 360 isn't running it.
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#10Super CreaturesPosted 5/15/2013 2:04:50 AM
Well, I honestly don't know if the OMU is required or not, I just know that with it installed, I have no problem playing properly encoded H264 MP4 and AVI files (there will always be other factors other than video codec that can affect the ability to play the file, such as it seems that an incompatibility exists somewhere between TVersity V1.9.7 (the latest free version), the Xbox 360, and video files with surround sound audio).

As for video converters, I use Wondershare, choose MP4, set the video codec to H264, and typically leave everything else to Smart Fit (basically keeps FPS, bit rate, and resolution the same as the source file), unless there is a reason to set something to a specific value (such as when the video I'm converting has a screwy bit rate of 53000+, and I drop it down to something more reasonable).

Except for a few instances where using the high speed conversion option generated a video that didn't work, I haven't had any problems converting videos so they play on my 360 (at least, once I figured out there was an issue with streaming surround sound files and set that option to stereo).
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