Both PS3 and PS4 are developed as popular game consoles, many people use them to watch various movies. However, when playing MP4 on PS3/PS4, many people just encounter various problems, such as “PS4 won’t recognize MP4 from USB“, “PS3 Won’t Play MP4”, “no audio when playing MP4 on PS4”, “Can’t Play MP4 on PS4” or “PS3 can’t read some of MP4 videos”, etc. The following content just aims to explain why PS4 doesn’t play MP4 movies as well as provide an easy way to play all MP4 movies on PS3/PS4.
Among of all other things, the PS3/PS4 enables you to watch movies and videos in different file formats. As PS3/PS4 design for video games containing high performance graphic hardware which allows you to play your video files including 3D videos. You just need a 3D supported TV and glasses. But why PS3/PS4 can’t play MP4? How to solve it? Just keep reading to learn more.
Part 1：Can PS3/PS4 Play MP4?
The answer of this question is yes and no, it depends on the MP4 detailed format. We have tried to choose the most authentic reason for not supporting MP4 files on PS3. According to play station support website, PS3 is only supporting that MP4 files which are fixed with H.264/MPEG-4 AVC high profile (AAC LC). While on the other hand MP4 is that container video design which is containing audio codec or a variety of videos. If the MP4 video is not programmed with PS3/PS4 attuned codec, then it is the case we will fall short to stream MP4 to PS3/PS4 or we will not be able to play MP4 files on PS3 and PS4 even if MP4 is effectively shifted to PS3 and PS4.
Part 2: Why PS3/PS4 Can’t Play MP4?
PS3/PS4 officially support MP4 file but still we can see many case where user cannot play their MP4 file. Here are some common questions asked by different users:
Q1: When I tried to play MP4 files made with my Samsung HD camcorder on PS3. I can view the video perfectly, but after about 3 seconds, I lost audio;
Q2: Why I haven’t been able to get my PS3 recognize or play any video files from an external source?
Q3: I have an MP4 file (h.264/aac). When I put this file in a USB stick and insert the stick into PS3, it can see the USB stick but it says no files;
As we know there are still some other MP4 videos codec which can be used in encoding video, such files are unsupported by PS3/PS4 like MPEG-4 ASP. The extension of the both files would be the same like” .MP4” but both encoded with different methods.
So as by default PS3/PS4 play MP4 files but only with the codec MPEG-4 AVC H.264 /Xvid/DivX and audio codec of AAC. Other MP4 video files are unsupported like MPEG-4 ASP. So in simple words we can say that, PS3/PS4 might be play .MP4 (supported codec), or might not be (unsupported codec) play a MP4 file. (read PS3/PS4 supported formats)
Part 3: Solve Can’t Play MP4 on PS3/PS4 – Transcode MP4 to PS3 and MP4
In order to successfully play various MP4 files on PS3/PS4, a widely used solution is to convert MP4 to PS3/PS4 recognized formats. Here, we strongly recommend Pavtube Video Converter to help you convert MP4 to PS3/PS4 to solve “PS3/PS4 won’t play MP4″ issue.
Besides transcoding MP4 to PS3/PS4 supported formats, this best MP4 video covnerter for PS4 also has the powerful feature of converting almost all kinds of videos like AVI, MP4, MOV, H.265, M3U8, 4K XAVC S and more SD/HD/4K video to PS3/PS4. Furthermore, Pavtube Video Converter also can encode MP4 to various editing software like Windows Movie Maker, Avid Media Composer, iMovie or FCE and more. If you are a Mac user, you can get the Pavtube Video Converter for Mac, and read the Mac version review.
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A step-by-step guide to Transcode MP4 to PS3 or PS4 with the best MP4 converter
Step 1: Load MP4 files
Click “Add video” button on the main interface to load your MP4 files to the program. You also can drag the file to the program’s window list directly.
Step 2: Select PS4/PS3 video as output format
For streaming to PS4, “PS3 Video(AC3 5.1)(*.avi)”, “PS3 Video (480P) MPEG-4(*.mp4)”, “PS3 Video (720P) MPEG-4(*.mp4)”, “PS3 Video (1080P) MPEG-4(*.mp4)” from “PSP/PS3″ column can all be suitable choices.
Step 3: Transcode MP4 videos to PS4/PS3
Click the “Start conversion” button at the bottom right corner on the main interface to start transcoding MP4 to PS3/PS4 formats. The process will be finished soon. After the conversion, you can easily find the encoded MP4 video clips in the destination folder by clicking “Open” button for playing and sharing to PS3/PS4. Now you can transfer them to PS3/PS4 via USB without any problems with the following steps:
The computer with the movie file that has been converted as above;
A USB external hard drive or flash drive;
Steps for streaming:
1. Transfer the converted movie file from your computer to the USB. You should format it to FAT-32 if you are using an external hard drive.
2. Insert the USB flash drive or hard drive into one USB port of PS4 console.
3. Turn the PS4 on after making sure there is a disk in the system, and then go to the main menu.
4. Select “Video” and then find your USB device.
5. Select “Display All” to see all the video files existing on your Sony PS4.
6. Select the file you wish to transfer and press the triangle button.
7. Choose “Copy” and confirm the transferring, then the movies are transferred and copied to your PS4 hard drive.
PlayStation 4 is thereby used as a host and a controller, through which you can play the HD movies on the display of computer monitor, video projector, digital television, or digital audio device with the help of HDMI or optical S/PDIF.
Now all the following PS4 MP4 issues will be solved with the above step by step guide. Just have a try!