How to Play 4K MKV on PS4 Pro Smoothly
Q1: "Are there any plans to support 10-bit H.265 video and MKV container in the Playstation app when PS4 Pro releases? I would love to use Plex on my PS4 Pro to Direct Play/Direct Stream all of my 4k media instead of using the Plex app on my Samsung TV..."
Q2: "Will the PS4 Pro be able to play 4K HDR MKV movies via USB and act as a streamer?"
There are many guys eager to know if it's possible to play 4K MKV on PS4 Pro. Well, we are working with Sony to add support for 4K playback in PS4 Pro. Based on the documentation that we have seen 4K playback support will be limited to AVC encoded content Profile High Level 5.1 at 26Mbits/s. We still have to test it using the actual device but it doesn't look like we will be getting MKV or HEVC (h265) support on PS4 Pro. In other words, if you wanna get MKV movie playable on PS4 Pro, you need to convert MKV to PS4 Pro friendly format like MP4 format first.
Along with some help from Brorsoft Video Converter, it can be done effortlessly. Overall, this video converter is professional on fast transcoding MKV files to PS4 friendly format without quality loss. In addition, it not only supports MKV videos, but also handles various common video formats, like MP4, MXF, MTS, MOV, MPG, AVI, WMV, etc. The most important is that this program is capable of serving as the best 4K Video Converter, which enables you to convert 4K UHD videos in any formats faultlessly.
Plus, with the built-in video editor, you can also choose to trim, crop, add watermark to your original videos. For Mac users, Brorsoft Video Converter Mac is also a helpful app to encode videos on Mac OS X(Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks included) for further usage. Just get the right version according to your computer's OS and follow the step-by-step guide below to convert MKV files to PS4 Pro smoothly.
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Converting 4K MKV Videos to PS4 Pro Supported Format
Step 1: Load MKV files
Download the MKV to PS4 Pro converter on your computer, install and run the program, add .mp4 videos. You can choose to import videos or the entire folder by clicking the top left two icons.
Step 2: Select the output format
Click on the dropdown menu of "Format" and then move your pointer to "PSP/PS3". From the sub-list, you can choose "PS3 Video(720P) MPEG-4(*.mp4)", "PS3 Video(1080P) MPEG-4(*.mp4)" as the target format for your PS4 Pro.
Step 3: Profile Settings
If the default video/parameters can't meet your needs, just click Settings icon to adjust the video codec, bitrate, frame rate, audio sample rate, etc to get a decent video as you want. In principle, the larger input values, the better output quality, but the corresponding larger file size.
Step 4: Start MKV to PS4 Pro conversion
After all necessary settings, you can hit "Convert" button to start converting MKV to PS4 Pro with best video settings.
Once the conversion finished, click "Open" in main interface to quick locate the converted video. Then, you can transfer the converted MKV movies to PS4 Pro from USB or media server easily.
Editor's Note: To play video on PS4 Pro via USB cable, make sure to place your media file in Folders or your PS4 Pro won't be able to use them. Audio files must be located in a folder called "Music" on the drive for the PS4 Pro to detect them correctly. Video files can be in any folder, but they need to be in a folder and not on the root of the drive. You could put them in a folder named "Videos", or create separate folders for different types of videos. Enjoy.