Solve Roku 4/3/2 Can’t Play MKV, AVI, WMV, MP4, MXF, FLV via USB

The Roku Streaming Player, or simply Roku (/ˈrk/ ROH-koo), is a series of digital media player set-top boxes manufactured by Roku, Inc. Roku partners provide over-the-top content in the form of channels. While, Roku only plays a limited number of video formats like MKV (H.264), MP4 (H.264), MOV (H.264), WMV (VC-1, firmware 3.1 only) out of the box. When streaming MKV, AVI, MP4, WMV, MXF, MTS, FLV, etc to Roku 4/Roku 3/Roku 2, some problems would occur unexpectedly. Luckily, there’s a workaround that can make your MKV, AVI, MP4, WMV, MXF, MTS, FLV, etc files playable on Roku 4/Roku 3/Roku 2 by converting MKV, AVI, MP4, WMV, MXF, MTS, FLV, etc to Roku officially supported MP4 videos.

After digging deeper into technical specs of the Roku, We’ve got to know that Roku only plays MKV files encoded with H.264 codec. If the MKV is encoded with other video codecs, we will fail to play MKV on Roku 4/Roku 3/Roku 2. Now we would throw a quick tutorial up how to convert and play MKV, AVI, MP4, WMV, MXF, MTS, FLV, etc with Roku easily.

In order to let Roku Media Player on Roku 4 to play your personal video on your USB, you will need first prepare video files in MP4 H.264, or MKV H.264, or HEVC H.265. If you videos are in other formats like MKV MTS, MP4-XviD, MP4-MC, AVI, WMV, MXF, MTS, M2TS, FLV, VOB, M4V, XviD, DV, DivX, OGV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, DVD-Video, F4V, 3GP, 3G2, etc. you can get and apply UFUSoft Video Converter. This video app is professional on fast encoding MKV, AVI, MP4, WMV, MXF, MTS, FLV, etc to Roku 4/3/2 friendly MP4 video without any quality loss.

What’s more, this program comes with a built-in video editor that allows you to edit your movie files by trimming, cropping, adjusting video effects, etc. If you are using a Mac, you can go to UFUSoft Video Converter Mac. Now download this tool and follow the instructions to convert video to Roku 4/Roku 3/Roku 2 for playback and streaming.

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Tutorial: how to convert video to Roku 4/Roku 3/Roku 2?

1. Add MKV, AVI, MP4, WMV, MXF, MTS, FLV, etc files

Run the video to Roku converter program and click add button to import the MKV, AVI, MP4, WMV, MXF, MTS, FLV, etc files. As you can see, you can also drag and drop the media to the program’s main interface.

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2. Choose output format

Click Format bar and choose H.264 High Profile Video(*.mp4), H.264 Main Profile Video(*.mp4), or H.264 Baseline Profile Video(*.mp4) from “Common Video”, which can be recognized by Roku 4, Roku 3, Roku 2 perfectly.

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Tip- Advanced settings: With the right settings you can retain the quality of the original video while also saving space. This is particularly helpful when streaming over your network. Simply click Settings bar and you can tweak the settings to your satisfaction and even save it as preset.

3. Start converting video to Roku 4/Roku 3/Roku 2

Finally, hit the “Convert” button at the bottom of the main interface to start the MKV, AVI, MP4, WMV, MXF, MTS, FLV, etc to Roku conversion. After the conversion, you can hit “Open” button to quick locate the converted videos; now you can stream video to Roku 4/Roku 3/Roku 2 via Plex or other media server as easy as you can image.

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