Playing .avi, .mkv, etc. files on Roku XD/S

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Playing .avi, .mkv, etc. files on Roku XD/S

Postby ncincy1 » Fri Dec 17, 2010 7:07 pm

I recently installed the USB channel on my new Roku XD/S. I can play most audio files but the unit will not recognize and/or play most of my video files such as .avi, .mkv, .wmv, etc. Do i need to wait for the "official" launch of the USB channel in the Roku Channel Store or is there anything I can do now to play these files? Note: I can't convert the orginal files to mpeg4 video files so not really sure what to do. Please help ....and thanks.
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Re: Playing .avi, .mkv, etc. files on Roku XD/S

Postby kumasuki » Fri Dec 17, 2010 7:14 pm

You can try using the PlayOn channel, if you have a computer running the PlayOn software to act as a server which will do the transcoding on the fly.
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Re: Playing .avi, .mkv, etc. files on Roku XD/S

Postby kc8pql » Fri Dec 17, 2010 9:40 pm

ncincy1 wrote:...the unit will not recognize and/or play most of my video files such as .avi, .mkv, .wmv, etc. Do i need to wait for the "official" launch of the USB channel in the Roku Channel Store...

If you wait for the official USB channel you're likely to be disappointed. These are the only file types they've announced USB support for:
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* USB 2.0 port (enabled via free software upgrade expected Dec 2010). Video support: MP4, M4V (H.264). Audio support: MP3, AAC, M4A. Image support: JPG, PNG
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Re: Playing .avi, .mkv, etc. files on Roku XD/S

Postby dynamitemedia » Sat Dec 18, 2010 12:09 pm

I wrote up a tutorial over here that may help you i use avidemux on my avi and most flv and since i havent much experience with .mkv i am not sure but it also can be a proper .h264 file all you need to do is remux it and it takes minutes and then it should play in all your apple devices as well

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