Problems to play MP4 files on Sony TV
"I have looked at the specs for my TV (KDL-46EX524) and it states that it is able to play MP4 files, however when I try to stream these from my PC, all I get is a black screen....
Can anyone help please? Thanks."
"I'm having some problems getting MP4 files to play on my Sony KDL-48R550C. Any MP4 (or at least any I tried so far) just gives me a "Playback not available" error."
Can Sony TV play MP4 files through DLNA or USB?
You can enjoy video, audio and image files on your Sony TV from USB or DLNA devices, however, the file formats that can be viewed through the DLNA feature or USB devices must be included in the following table.
O = Supported
X = Not Supported
From above lists, we can see that you can play or stream MP4 files from USB drive or DLNA server that are encoded with MPEG-4, AVC(MPEG-4 Part 10), MPEG-4 Visual (MPEG-4 Part 2) on Sony TV. However, it is well known that MP4 is a multimedia container file format, which can hold various different video and audio codec listed below:
Video codec: MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 (A)SP, H.264/MPEG-4, H.265/HEVC, VC-1/WMV, Real Video, Theora, Microsoft MPEG4 V2, VP8, MVC
Audio codec: MP3, WMA, AAC, AC-3, DTS,ALAC, DTS-HD
If the MP4 files are encoded with Sony TV not recognized video or audio codec, you will then fail to play the MP4 files on Sony TV either through USB drive or DLNA server. To fix this codec incompatible issue, you can seek help from Pavtube Video Converter (best video converter review), which is an omnipotent MP4 conversion program that's capable of converting virtually any incompatible MP4 file formats and also other file formats such as AVI, WMV, MKV, H.265/HEVC, FLV, MXF, AVCHD, etc to Sony TV playable MP4 file format.
Adjust output profile parameters for Sony TV
To get the best video playback effect on Sony TV, you can adjust the output video aspect ratio with the program's "Crop" function to let it fit with your Sony TV display screen, you can also use this "Crop" option to cut off the black edges or unwanted area from the videos. Other profile settings such as output video codec, bit rate, frame rate, resolution and audio codec, bit rate, sample rate and channels can also be properly setted in the program's "Profile Settings" window.
Tips when play video on Sony TV from USB drive
- USB supported file systems are FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, and exFAT. Files larger than 4GB are only supported when using the exFAT file system.
- Not all files are guaranteed to play.
If the MP4 files stored on your FAT12, FAT16 or FAT32 are larger than 4GB, you can then need to compress the files with the following ways offered by the program:
- Trim or cut video to remove unwanted parts or segments from the video
- Split large MP4 files into small clips by file size, count or length
- Output a file format with better quality and small file size such as FLV, WMV
- 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 Unsupported MP4 Files for Playing on Sony TV from USB or DLNA Server?
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: Choose output file formats.
Click "Format", from its drop-down option, choose Sony TV USB drive or DLNA devices playable "H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)" under "HD Video" main category.
Step 3: Crop video to fit Sony TV.
Select an item to open "Video Editor" window, click the "Crop" tab and switch to the "Advanced mode", then you can select your desired cropped aspect ratio from the drop-down list of "Keep Ratio Display aspect ratio
Step 4: Compress video for FAT12, FAT16 or FAT32 USB drive.
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 Sony TV supported formats conversion, trimming and compression process.
When the conversion is completed, you can have no problem to play MP4 files on Sony TV either from USB drive or from DLNA Server.
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