Inserting a USB flash drive into your Vizio TV's USB input will initiate the option of playback. Once you've worked the right magic to have your USB device and files detected, your photos, music, and video content is then organized into sections, and displayed in a plain but useable string of thumbnails across the screen. Supported files and unsupported files will both show up, so there's no way of knowing whether or not a video can be played back at all. For those people who have downloaded some movies from online with MP4 file formats or captured a MP4 video with your camera, camcorder, smartphone or tablets, you may often feel confused that your Vizio TV even can't recognize your USB storage devices or you can play certain MP4 files from USB on Vizio TV but fail to play other MP4 files due to the unknown reasons. Never mind, the following article will illustrate those problems for you with helpful tips and solutions:
Why Vizio TV not recognize your USB storage devices
The usage for the USB port(s) on your Vizio television will depend upon the model. Check the manual or technical specifications online to determine if the USB port(s) that is on your television is for use by a service technician only or can be used for multi-media purposes. If the USB port on your Vizio TV is capable of reading the multimedia file type, to let the MP4 file work properly on Vizio TV from USB, please follow the suggestions below:
- Make sure the drive is formatted to FAT32
- Use a USB drive that is 8GB or less
- Make sure that the file is Vizio TV USB port readable file format
- Reduce the number of files on the drive being used
- Reduce the size of the file (if possible)
- Try multiple files of the same format to verify that the initial file was not corrupted
Convert and compress MP4 for Vzio TV USB Playback
If the MP4 file does not work on your Vizio TV model, you can use a MP4 conversion program such as Pavtube Video Converter (best video converter review), which can convert MP4 files compressed with various different video/audio codec to Vizio TV supported file formats.
Tips: A lot of online search and testing shows that Vizio HD TV only supports to play MP4 file encoded with H.264 video codec and AAC audio codec. As for Vizio 4K TV, only MKV container format with H.265/HEVC video encoding are supported.
If the MP4 file is too large to fit on your 8GB usb drive, you can reduce its file size in various different ways. If you do not want to lose any file quality, you can split the large file into small parts by file size, count or length or trim to cut off unwanted parts to leave only your wanted segments. If you do not care too much about output video 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.
How to Convert and Compress MP4 for Vizio TV USB Port 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 Vizio HD/4K TV playable formats.
Output Vizio HD TV supported file formats
From "Format" bar drop-down list, select Vizio HD TV playable "H.264 HD Video(*mp4)" under "HD Video" main category.
Tips: You can get Vizio HD TV supported AAC audio codec from the "Audio Codec" drop-list in the "Profile Settings" window.
Output Vizio 4K TV supported file formats
From "Format" drop-down list, scroll down to select "HD Video" > "MKV HD Video(*.mkv)" as output file format.
Then open "Profile Settings" window, set the output video codec as "H.265", audio codec as "AAC".
Step 3: Compress large video for Vizio TV.
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 Vizio HD/4K TV supported formats conversion, trimming and compression process.
When the conversion is completed, you can have no problem to play MP4 files on Vizio TV from USB drive.