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How to Play and Stream AVI to PS4 with Media Player App?

PS4 USM Was Working Perfectly, Now Some AVI Won't Play

I had UMS working perfectly on my PS4 for a couple of months, then I upgraded my PC to Windows 10 so had to redownload UMS and set it up again. This time it won't play a lot of the videos that are avis, even ones that it had played previously?Is it an issue with Windows 10, or a newer version of UMS? Is there anything I can try to get them working again?All the MKV files I've tried seem to be okay and the avi videos that are now not working on my PS4 with UMS do still play fine on my desktop, so it's not corrupted files.

Media Player app for PS4

With the long-awaited Media Player appfor PS4, we can now play both local and network-based media files within a simple-to-use app on your PS4. The Media Player app is not only capable of playing back content from any USB storage device plugged into your PS4, but also viewing and streaming media that's being shared from your PC.

Supported codecs by Media Player app for PS4


Visual: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile Level4.2
Audio: MP3, AAC LC, AC-3(Dolby Digital)

Visual: MPEG4 ASP, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile Level4.2
Audio: MP3, AAC LC, AC-3(Dolby Digital)

Visual: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile Level4.2
Audio: AAC LC, AC-3(Dolby Digital)

Visual: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile Level4.2, MPEG2 Visual
Audio: MP2(MPEG2 Audio Layer 2), AAC LC, AC-3(Dolby Digital)
AVCHD: (.m2ts, .mts)



From above lists, we can see that the Media Player app on PS4 has strict requirements for the file formats played on it. It is well know that AVI is a container file format, it may includes many different video and audio codecs, if the AVI is not encoded with PS4 Media Player app compatible codec, you will definitely fail to play or stream AVI files to PS4.

To successfully play AVI or various other incompatible file formats on PS4, the best solution is converting video to PS4 Media Player app supported formats listed above. You can get the job easily done with this simple to use application called Pavtube Video Converter for Windows/Mac, the program not only helps to transcode all unsupported file formats to PS4 recognizable file formats, but also helps to generate PS4 preset profile formats so that you can directly stream and play converted files on PS4 without any extra work.


How to Convert AVI for PS4 Playing and Streaming?

Step 1: Add AVI files into the program.
Step 2: Output PS4 preset profile formats.
Step 3: Start AVI to PS4 supported format conversion process.

Convert AVI for PS4 Media Player App

When the conversion is completed, you can play converted files on PS4 with Media Player app in the following two ways:

Through an USB stick:Transfer the converted files to an external USB stick, then plug the USB stick into the USB ports on your PS4, select Media Player app from the content area and the USB storage device will be detected and displayed automatically, select the USB device and select the content you want to play.
Tips: When using a USB storage device, your video files need to be in a folder for your PS4 system to recognize them.

Trough Universal Media Server: To get started, you'll need to make sure you have an up-to-date version of Java installed on your PC, as this is required for UMS to work. You may already have Java on your computer, but if not, then go to java.com and download it from there directly. Next you need to download and install the Windows version Universal Media Server. Simply visit their website and clidk the Windows logo and the file will start downloading.

The program is free to use and works with pretty much every computer, file type and games console. Once it's installed, you should be looking at the UMS main panel:

All we need to do now is tell Universal Media Server where to find your files. By default, it will allow access to All Drives, but this can get confusing - so instead, it's better just to add only the folders you want to share:
1. Click on the Navigation/Share Settings tab at the top of the UMS main panel.
2. Under the Shared Folders section, highlight all drives and press the red x to remove this.
3. Now press the Folder icon to choose a folder.
4. Find the folder containing your media files and press open.
5. That folder will now be added to the shared folders list.
6. You can add multiple folders this way, so you it's simple to organise your media into Movies, TV Shows, Pictures, Music, etc.
7. Once you've added your folders, you now just need to press the Restart Server button at the top to finish off the setup.
And that's it: your PC is now all set up, and is sharing your folders across your home network. Next we'll see how you can access this on your PS4 with the new Media Player app.

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