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The Easiest Way to Play H.265/HEVC 4K Recordings on Roku 3

Posted by on Monday, 2 March, 2015

The Roku is a tiny box that connects to your television and allows you to stream video content from the Internet. On the other hand, Roku also enables you to play movies locally through a USB drive or the micro SD card. However, Roku doesn’t support various file types. This article will outline how to put H.265 4K videos for playback on Roku 3.

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I get a lot of conflicting reports on what the Roku 3 is capable of doing. I found a thread in hear that also talked about multiple streams causing the problem. I’ve checked many files with Media Info and they all show that there is only video stream and one audio stream. So after digging deeper into technical specs of the Roku 3, I found different conflicting answers. Video Support: MP4 (H.264), MOV (H.264), MKV (H.264), ASF/WMV (WMV9/VC1) and Audio Support: MP3, AAC, Dolby Digital (MP4, MOV, and MKV pass through only), DTS (MKV pass through only).

Needless to say, H.265 is not included here. I choose H.265 because of its higher quality and smaller size. So, how to put H.265/HEVC 4K recordings for playback on Roku 3? Fortunately, there’s a workaround that can make your H.265 4K recordings playable on Roku 3. Here, Pavtube Video Converter can encode and decode h.265 to Roku 3 officially supported MP4 videos.

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The tutorial about converting H.265 4K recordings to Roku 3:

Step 1: Download and install video converter for Roku on your computer. Run it and directly drag and drop the H.265 files that you want into the main interface of the converter. You can also add H.265 4K recordings by clicking “Add video” button or “Add from folder” icon.

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Step 2: After the files are added, click “Common Video>>H.264 High Profile Video (*.mp4)” as output video format. The reason mp4 is the target format is that by packing the videos in mp4, the file size will be reasonable small and the video quality remains.

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Tips: Roku does play MP4 files according to the relevant info in Roku official site. However, Roku just plays the MP4 files with H.264 video codec and AAC audio. Roku fails to play MP4 files with other codec. Click the “Settings” icon to set the correct video, audio codecs.

Step 3: Most of you guys must have the desire of a further editing with your output videos, right? On the main interface, “Edit” is waiting for you. “Trim” to decide where to start and where to end, “Crop” to cut some unwanted clips, “Subtitles” to add some explanations to your audience.

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Step 4: Finally, hit the “Convert” button at the bottom of the main interface to start the H.265 4K recordings to Roku 3 friendly H.264 MP4 conversion. After the conversion, you can click “Open” button to quick locate the converted videos.

Conclusion: As long as get the output MP4 files, you can either stream them or transfer the converted videos to Roku’s SD card or to a USB stick that can be attached to Roku streaming player. Now you can enjoy H.265 4K recordings to Roku 3 with ease.

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  • How to enable iPad Air play MKV, AVI, VOB, Tivo, MPG, WMV, FLV videos?: The wisest and easiest solution to get MKV, AVI, VOB and more videos played on iPad Air is to convert your source video clips to iPad Air playable videos on your computer beforehand.
  • Convert MKV to XBMC on Mac or Windows: XBMC has been the most popular media player that can be used to build a home theater system which enable media sharing among all of our digital devices. While as the questions asked above, sometimes it is common to meet some problems when importing videos to XBMC player.