We want to mention here that Roku 3 supports H.264 and MP4 video formats for playback. These formats are directly recognized by USB and plex direct play.
- AVI videos: AVI file format was very popular before MP4 came into existence. If you are getting the problem in playback these file format contents, then there is a workaround for you that doesn’t require a complete conversion of files. For help and information, you can also go to www Roku com link AVI use MPEG-4 for streaming whereas Roku support H.264. However, Roku unofficially also play MP4 files having MPEG video.
The process to play the videos without converting it is called Remuxing. This is a time-saving process and only takes a minute to finish. The software used for remixing is Avidemux, which is available on the internet for windows and MAC OS. Although, no information about it is available on Roku link but you can find it on the internet.
Open the Avidemux and open the video file and copy it and change the video format to MP4 and audio to AAC. Enter the location where you want to save the new file. Once the file gets remuxed, you can then easily play it on your Roku 3.
- MKV with 5.1 Audio: These types of format mainly display high definition videos with 5.1 bass surround sound. The main issues prevalent in this format includes DTS and Dolby digital support via pass through. If you are using Plex direct play, then you won’t be able to play media with 5.1 sound.
Now we will try to keep this video format undamaged by using the MKV tool for remixing and converting the audio track. We can use the same Avidemux tool here for the encoding process. For more help and information, you can visit www Roku com support link.
Open the MKV formatted file in this application from the source location and select the tracks and video. To keep it flawless, just copy the video. If you are having a problem with the 5.1 surround sound, then change the audio formats as well in this application. If your Roku not working with the Dolby digital sound, then transform the audio format to stereo AAC format. This will definitely work for Plex direct play platform.
- Converting the video for Roku: If the media format is other than the above-mentioned formats, then you can either transcode it or change the media format. For this purpose, Handbrake is the best application available for Mac, Linux, and windows OS. Moreover, there is an option to the windows user to use Steve’s guide for a complete help on automatic file conversion with handbrake.
There are two ways to play the videos through Handbrake. One way is by setting the options manually and the other one is by choosing the presets. According to Roku officials, preset works fine with the Roku player. Apart from this, another surprising fact is that Rokoding provides presets on Handbrake that is altered according to the Roku requirements and these presets are made for DVD, 1080p and 720p formats. If you are getting HDCP unauthorized Roku message on the screen while playback the videos, then you need to check the HDMI cable of your device and reconnect it firmly on both the sides.
- Transcoding with Plex: As we are well aware that Plex is the most suitable way to enjoy streaming on the Roku player. So all you need to do is set up plex server on the computer after installing the plex channel on Roku.