PS4 Pro Support 4K MP4 video files in Media Player app
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Four and a half months after the debut of the PlayStation 4 Pro, this 4K-capable console will finally gain support for playback of 4K video files. Sony also claims that the 4K video in MP4 format saved on USB stick or home server can be played on the Media Player app. (Remember, you’ll also need a 4K compatible TV to watch the videos in 4K).
What 4K MP4 files can be played on PS4 Pro?
Although we have clear known that the PS4 Pro media player app allows you to play 4K MP4, but not 4K MKV, 4K AVI, 4K WMV, 4K MOV, 4K MXF, etc. But it is well known that MP4 is a container file format, it can be encoded with either H.264 High Profile codec or H.265/HEVC codec. Whether PS4 Pro media player app can handle both this two type of 4K MP4 files well? Test from polygon shows that users can only play 4K MP4 video encoded with H.264/AVC but will fail to open the 4K H.265/HEVC video with the media player app on PS4 Pro. Therefore, if you wish to play 4K MP4 H.265 files or other 4K file formats with the media player app on PS4 Pro, you will need to perform a format or codec transcoding process.
Convert Unsupported 4K Video for PS4 Pro media player app
Here, you can get the job easily completed with a simple to use yet program program called Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate (review). The program has full support for all 4K video codecs such as 4K H.264/H.265/Prores or 4K file format such as 4K AVI/WMV/MP4/MOV/XAVC/XAVC S/TS/MXF, etc. You can batch convert multiple 4K files to PS4 Pro media player app readable 4K H.264 High Profile video with best quality and fast conversion speed.
Adjust output profile parameters
To get better output video and audio quality, you can flexibly adjust the output profile parameters including video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc as you like to let them fit with your PS4 Pro. If you don’t own a 4K TV, you can also choose to compress 4K to 1080p by changing the output video file resolution as “1980×1020”.
Tips for playing 4K MP4 with PS4 Pro media player app from USB
The Media Player app will only read videos on USB storage if that external device has not been formatted as additional storage for the PS4. It also means that it the USB storage that’s already been formatted as extended storage for your PS4 can only be used to save games and apps – it can’t be used to save and play videos.
Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is available on both Windows 10/8.1/8/7, it is also accompanied by an up-to-date Mac version – Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac for macOS Sierra. The program is very easy to use, no matter experienced user or fresh could handle it very well. In addition, the Windows version of the program supports up to 6x H.264 codec encoding acceleration if you run the program on a computer with Nvidia Graphic cards that supports Nividia CUDA or AMD App acceleration. What’s more, the program can produce high quality results, you can’t find any difference between the converted video and the original 4K files.
How to Covert Unsupported 4K Video for PS4 Pro Media Player App Viewing?
Step 1: Load Unsupported 4K Video
Download the free trial version of the program. Launch it on your computer. Click “File” menu and select “Add Video/Audio” or click the “Add Video” button on the top tool bar to import Unsupported 4K Video or movies into the program.
Step 2: Define the output format.
Clicking the Format bar, from its drop-down list, select PS4 Pro media player app readable 4K MP4 files formats “H.264 High Profile Video(*.mp4)” under “Common Video” main category.
Step 3: Adjust output profile parameters.
Click “Settings” on the main interface to open “Profile Settings” window, here, you can flexibly choose or specify exactly the profile parameters including video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc as you like to get better output video and audio quality.
Step 4: Begin the conversion process.
After all setting is completed, hit the “Convert” button at the right bottom of the main interface to begin the conversion process from unsupported 4K video to PS4 Pro best compatible 4K format.
When the conversion is finished, click “Open Output Folder” icon on the main interface to open the folder with generated files. You can either transfer the converted files to an external USB drive for view with PS4 Pro media player or stream the converted files to PS4 Pro media player via Plex Media Server or DLNA Server.