This tutorial will explain how you can enable Roku 4/3/2 read AVI files via USB, so that you can play AVI files over Roku without issue.
All the Rokus including Roku 4, Roku 3, Roku 2 and the original Roku 1 include a USB port, which allows you to connect additional storage to play content from. The only problem we will encountered so far, is Roku’s meager support for video formats. Officially, the Roku 4/3/2 only supports H.264 MKV and MP4/M4V video, meaning that’s the only media recognized over USB. Chances are, most of my old movies are AVIs. Luckily, I’ve figured out the best way to play AVI files on the Rokus. If you are in such issue, read on to get the quick solution.
To get AVI files and Roku 4/3/2 to play nicely, the easy workaround is to encode/re-encode AVI to a fully compatible video format, e.g. MP4 for the Rokus. Actually, the process is straightforward. What you need is a just a common video converter like EaseFab Video Converter. The software has a codec pack that enables conversion between different video and audio file formats, it can convert AVI, MKV, VOB, MOV, FLV, MPG, etc. to Roku supported file format such as MP4 with the best quality. If you’re using a Mac, please turn to the Mac version here, which has the same function as the Windows version. Below are the simple steps to prepare AVI files for playback with Roku 4/3/2 directly.
How to convert AVI to MP4 for Roku 4/3/2
1) Start the video converter, drag and drop the AVI files to the software window to import.
2) After the files are added, click “Profile” and select MP4 from Common Video as the output format. 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.
3) Finally, hit the Convert button to star converting AVI to mp4 for Rokus 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 4, Roku 3 or Roku 2 streaming player. Now you can enjoy AVI movies with your Roku on your TVs.
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.
Roku 4 Overview:
The Roku 4 delivers 4K video, promising the best-quality video streams available today. But isn’t worth the extra money for most buyers. Other devices like Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV offer more capable voice interactions beyond keyword search, and more robust gaming. Most 4K TVs have similar 4K apps already built-in, 4K content is still scarce, new 4K movies are expensive, and image quality with 4K streaming isn’t a big improvement over standard HD streams. If you don’t want 4K, other Rokus are a better value.