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Vizio TV Doesn't Play MP4 Movie Files from USB - Solved

Nowadays it is convenient to put movies on USB flash drive and play on Vizio Smart TV via USB port. However, many people are confused that their 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. So what's the matter? How can we solve the MP4 and Vizio TV incompatible issues? Read on for details.


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

Why Vizio TV doesn't Play MP4 files from USB?

Vizio TV can allow its users to transfer video files from their computer, hard drive or other sources to Vizio TV for playback via the built-in HDMI cable and HDMI ports, but the transferred video files must be in the video formats supported by Vizio TV. The video formats supported by each model of Vizio TV differ from other models, but most of models of Vizio TV prefer H.264 video and AAC audio. Besides Vizio TV also prefer video resolution in 1920 x 1080 (1080p). The preferred video format and video resolution will fully help you to understand why sometimes your Vizio TV can not play your video file or you only get audio no video or you always encounter black screen even though the video file is in the supported list.

For your information, MP4 is a format container with different codecs. The video and audio files in different MP4 files can be encoded with different codecs. And MP4 file with DTS audio can't be rendered on Vizio Smart TV.

How to Get MP4 and Vizio TV to Play Nicely from USB?

Luckily, the problem is easy to solve - all you have to do is convert the MP4 to Vizio TV compatible MP4 format with H.264 video and AAC audio. Along with some help from third-party program like EaseFab Video Converter, you can effortlessly get the job done. This program features high efficiency and seamless conversion. With it, you can do batch conversion from MP4, MKV, MTS, AVI, VOB, MOV and more to Vizio Smart TV highly compatible H.264 MP4 files without quality loss. Plus, it offers kinds of preset profiles for media players including iPad, iPhone, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, Nook HD, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Galaxy S7, etc to meet your different needs. If you are Mac users, please turn to Video Converter for Mac. Below is how to do it.

Convert and Compress MP4 files for Vizio TV USB Playback

Step 1. Add MP4 videos

Start the Vizio TV Video converter and drag .mp4 files to the software interface to import the file. (Note: batch conversion is supported, so you can load more than one file to save time.)


Step 2. Choose the right videos as output file format

Choose "MP4" as the output format from "Profile" > "Common Video" as the output format. If you'd like to generate HD MP4 videos, you can select " HD Video" > "MP4-HD".


Adjust the output video/audio codec

By default, the output files are encoded with H.264 video codec and AAC audio codec and you don't need to adjust again. You can click "Settings" button to customize these settings. Video size, bitrate and fame rate are flexible and can be adjusted as you like. keep in mind that bitrate higher results in big file size, and lower visible quality loss, and vice versa.


Step 3. Start the MP4 to Vizio TV conversion

Hit the Convert button; this video converter will start to convert MP4 to H.264 MP4 for playback on Vizio Smart tv through USB drive in no time.

After the conversion is over, connect the USB drive with computer and head to the destination folder where the converted files are stored, transfer the converted MP4 files to the USB drive then plug the drive in the Vizio TV. Enjoy.

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George Shelley

George Shelley is a self-motivated, creative editor with six years of experience covering video transcoding, video editing, software review and how-tos. He is more like a "tech support" with adventurous soul, eagerly grabbing cutting-edge video technologies off in a professional yet easy-to-understand way.

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