More and more new Panasonic TVs now offer built-in USB drive for you to play local video or music store on it, however, a lot of user complain that they fall into the trouble to play mp4 files on Panasonic TV from USB just as the condition listed below:
"The TV is a Panasonic Viera TX-50CX802. Seems like a fine television but issues trying to play anything through a USB port. I have tried putting a movie file onto a USB flash drive and placing it into one of the 3 USB slots but I cant even find a way to see the files in them. I go to devices but they dont show up there, and I look at the inputs but it doesnt list the USB ports. So no idea how I can actually it to play a movie from one. I have tried 3 different usb keys but it makes no difference. What am I doing wrong? I'm sure this is supposed to be possible."
Why Panasonic TV not play MP4 files from USB?
As a matter of fact, there are two important factors that will decide whether you can successfully play MP4
files on Panasonic TV from USB
- A properly formatted USB drive
- The right MP4 format that Panasonic TV recognize
Properly formatted USB drive
To playback video stored on USB on Panasonic TV, you must format your USB drive into a format
Your Panasonic TV may doesn't like the more advanced file systems such as NTFS that's compatible with your Panasonic TV. The FAT32 is the format that works on TV sets.. What's more, different format USB drive has different storage capability, , for FAT32 usb drive, the maximum file size limitation is 4GB.
The right MP4 format that Panasonic TV support
You may have no problem to play certain MP4 files on Panasonic TV but fail to open other MP4 files on it. The main reason is that MP4 is a container file format, which can hold various different video and audio codec, you can only play MP4 files with supported codec on Panasonic TV. And you can consult the user manual or promotional material for the particular Panasonic set to which see MP4 file formats it support.
Convert MP4 for Panasonic Viera TV playback
To get unsupported MP4 files played on Panasonic TV from USB, you can download this remarkable MP4 to Panasonic TV conversion program - Pavtube Video Converter (best video converter review). The program can comprehensively convert any MP4 files formats with with codec of H.264/H.265/MPEG-1/MPEG-2/VC-1/WMV/MVC, etc into Panasonic TV preset profile formats will the optimal playback settings including video codec, bitrate, frame rate, resolution and audio codec, bit rate, sample rate and channles, etc.
Compress MP4 for Panasonic TV USB drive
As the compatible Format 32 usb drive of Panasonic TV can only store video that's less than 4GB, if your MP4 file is larger than 4GB, you can compress the MP4 video with the following ways:
- Trim MP4 into short length by cutting off unwanted parts or segments (no quality loss)
- Split large MP4 into small clips by file size, count or length(no quality loss)
- Lower the output video resolution (less quality loss)
- Lower the bit rate 20-50% of the default to get small files (less quality loss)
- 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(less quality loss)
How to Convert MP4 for Panasonic TV Playback from USB?
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 Panasonic TV preset playable formats.
From "Format" bar drop-down list, directly output Panasonic Viera TV preset profile formats "Panasonic TV(*.mp4)" from "TVs" drop-down list.
Step 3: Compress large MP4 video.
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 Panasonic TV supported formats conversion, trimming and compression process.
When the conversion is completed, you can have no problem to play MP4 files on Panasonic TV from USB drive.
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