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Stream and Play Local 4K Video on Roku 4 via USB or Plex Media Server

With Roku 4, you can now view 4K content with a compatible 4K UHD television. To stream 4K UHD content with Roku 4, you have to meet the following requirements:
- Your Roku 4 must be connected to a compatible 4k Ultra HD TV
- Your 4K TV must have a HDCP 2.2 HDMI port
- You must be viewing a 4K Ultra HD stream from one of Roku's Streaming Channels

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Play local 4K video on Roku 4

For those people who have recorded some 4K footage with your 4K capable camera or camcorder or have downloaded some 4K movies or TV shows from Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, etc, you may wonder the possibility of streaming or playing those local 4K video to Roku 4 via USB drive or Plex Media Server.

The answer depends on the local 4K video format that you plan to plan to stream on Roku 4. As the Roku 4 only supports to play 4K video encoded with H.264 or H.265/HEVC codec with USB drive. Therefore, if the 4K video are recorded with other file formats such as XAVC S, Prores, MXF, etc. Roku 4 will fail to open that with USB drive. Although some people suggest using Plex to transcode unsupported file codec, however, as the transcoding of 4K is very CPU intensive and the transcoding process will use the temporary disk storage for the converted media, therefore, if you don't have a faster CPU or your OS boot drive is very small, it is not suggested to perform the conversion with Plex Media Server.

To release you from all those scratching issues, a more powerful media conversion tool called Pavtube Video Converter for Windows/Mac (best Mac Video Converter Review) is recommended to you, the program has full compatiblity for all 4K video encoded with various different codec, you can easily transode unsupported 4K video to Roku 4 playble H.264 or H.265 codec for better playing with USB drive or streaming with Plex Media Server.


How to Stream and Play 4K Video on Roku for via USB or Plex?

Step 1: Input unsupported 4K videp into the program.

Step 2: Choose Roku 4 supported file format.
As H.265 codec is favorable by most 4K TV, you can choose to output "H.265 HD Video(*.mp4)" from "HD Video" main category list for streaming 4K video to 4K TV via Roku 4.

Step 3: Start 4K video to Roku supported format conversion process.

When the conversion is completed, you can stream 4K video to Rokuvia either USB drive or Plex Media Server.

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