The Roku 3 only supports H.264 MKV and MP4/M4V video. To play AVI and VOB media files through Roku 3, you’ll need to encode/re-encode it first. Here is how.
I’ve had the pleasure of using the Roku 3 these past few months. For me, the Roku 3 was the combination of on-demand media and easy access to my own extensive media library that made Roku’s case, not to mention an attractive price tag. The only problem I’ve encountered so far, is Roku’s meager support for video formats. Officially, the Roku 3 only supports H.264 MKV and MP4, M4V video codecs, meaning that’s the only media recognized over USB. Luckily, most recent media found on the web is released in H.264 MP4 (standard definition) or MKV (high definition). The only issue is finding a way to playback AVI, VOB, MPG, WMV etc. media on Roku 3. How to prepare these videos for playback on Roku 3? Luckily, there’s a workaround that can make our AVI, VOB movies playable on the Roku – convert AVI/VOB for Roku 3.
To encode AVI and VOB to play through Roku 3 seamlessly, you can use Brorsoft Video Converter, which is available for Windows and Mac computers. It’s a hassle-free audio and video file converter that will seamlessly make any file fully compatible with the Roku 3. If you’re facing problems viewing your own media on the Roku 3, chances are you already installed this great utility. If not, download it from here. If you’re using Mac OS X, download the Mac here. Now refer to these steps below to get AVI/VOB and Roku 3 to play nicely.
- Step 1: Launch Brorsoft Video Converter. Drag and drop the AVI, VOB, MKV etc. files to the software window to import.
- Step 2: After the files are added, click Format > Common Video and set output video format as mp4. The reason mp4 is the target format is that by packing the videos in mp4, the file size will be reasonable small and the video quality remains
- Tip: There are also some optional tinkering you can take to make the videos look better on a HDTV screen, such as changing the aspect ratio or specifying the video resolution. Just click the Settings icon to do it.
- Step 3: Finally, hit the Convert button to star converting AVI to mp4 for Roku 3 playback.
After the conversion is completed, transfer the converted videos to Roku’s SD card or to a USB stick that can be attached to Roku 3 streaming player. Now you can enjoy your movies with Roku 3.
How to Play Movies on Your Roku 3 from a USB Drive
- Install the Roku Media Player channel, either through the Channel Store on your Roku or via Roku’s website.
- Add the video file to your external USB drive from your computer. The Roku 3 can play MKV, MP4 and MOV files.
- Connect the USB drive to the Roku 3’s USB port, located on the right side of the box.
- Launch the Roku Media Player channel and select Videos.
- Choose the drive that’s attached to the Roku 3.
- Navigate to the folder that has the video file you want to watch. Click OK to open the folder.
- Select the video to watch and click Play on the remote.
You can also use the Roku Media Player channel to listen to music or view photos from a USB drive. Play an entire folder of music files by pressing Play on the remote while on a folder, or navigate to a specific track to play only that song. For photos, you can start a slideshow by pressing play while on a folder of photos.