Panasonic Viera and MP4 files
"Does anyone know what should be done for this particular TV brand to play mp4 files correctly? What happens is that the TV can't either read the file or when it does the images are kind of distorted with poor audio. I did a Google search and someone was saying that the USB drive from which the TV is reading the files from needs to be formatted to FAT32 otherwise they won't work? Is this the real reason? Am I missing something else. Ultimately I can get an HDMI cable and playing the files from laptop to TV, but I wait first for the non-cable option. Cheers!"
How to properly play MP4 files on Panasonic Viera TV?
Generally, there are two important factors that will decide whether you can successfully play MP4 files on Panasonic Viera TV:
- A properly formatted USB drive
- The right MP4 format that Panasonic Viera TV recognize
Properly formatted USB drive
A properly formatted USB drive means that your USB drive must be formatted to a format that's compatible with your Panasonic Viera TV. You can check the user manual to find the information or do some search on Goole, you will finally get the answer and find that your USB drive needs to be formatted to FAT32. In addition, for different format USB drive, there will be a maximum file size limitation, for FAT32 usb drive, the maximum file size limitation is 4GB.
The right MP4 format that Panasonic Viera TV support
You may find that your Panasonic Viera TV has no problem to work with some MP4 files but fail to open other MP4 files. The main reason is that MP4 is a container file format, which can hold various different video and audio codec, you can only play those MP4 files on Panasonic Viera TV with compatible codec. And you can consult the user manual or promotional material for the particular Panasonic set to which see MP4 file formats it support. Some of your Panasonic Viera TV may only play MP4 files at a specific resoltuion or within a particular range of resolutions.
Convert MP4 for Panasonic Viera TV playback
To play unsupported MP4 files on Panasonic Vierra TV, you will need to perform a format conversion process first. Here, you can get the job easily done with a remarkable MP4 to TV conversion program - Pavtube Video Converter (best video converter review). The program has enhanced compatibility with virtually any MP4 files formats with various different video and audio codec. And the biggest merits of this program is that it enables you to directly output Panasonic Viera TV preset profile formats will the optimal playback settings including video codec, bitrate, frame rate, resolution and audio codec, bit rate, sample rate and channles, etc.
Compress MP4 for Panasonic Viera TV
As Panasonic Viera TV compatible Format 32 usb drive only store video that's less than 4GB, if your MP4 file is larger than 4GB, you can use the program's built-in video splitting function to split it into small parts or segments or trim and cut video off unwanted clips with no quality loss. If you do not care too much about quality, you can try the following ways to compress MP4 file with some quality lossage:
- 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
For Mac users, please download Pavtube Video Converter for Mac to get the job completed on Mac OS X El Capitan or macOS Sierra.
Step by Step Guide to Convert MP4 for Panasonic Viera TV Playback
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.
Step 2: Output Panasonic Veria TV preset playable formats.
From "Format" bar drop-down list, directly output Panasonic Viera TV preset profile formats "Panasonic TV(*.mp4)" from "TVs" drop-down list.
Step 3: Compress large MP4 video.
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.
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.
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.
Step 5: Begin the conversion process.
After all setting is completed, hit right-bottom "Convert" button to begin the MP4 to Panasonic Viera TV supported formats conversion, trimming and compression process.
When the conversion is completed, you can have no problem to play MP4 files on Panasonic Viera TV from USB drive.