Quick Solution to Play MP4 Files on TCL TV from USB Drive
Have a bunch of HD and 4K videos stored on your various devices, so how to share them with your family and friends? Well, you can a get a smart TV like TCL TV set and use the USB multimedia drive to enjoy your contents on a large screen. Now, in this article, we will focus on how to play MP4 on TCL TV via USB drive as we found so many guys are stuck in the issue.
"I have a TCL TV(S59 series). It has a USB port which I have previous looked at pictures through. I want to watch films- in .mp4 format it shows me the films on the menu screen on the TV, but when I try to play it says unsupported file. I cannot find any information in the manual about it."
Well, to to able to play movies on a USB device(it doesn't matter if it's a USB pen, a USB hard drive, etc), you will need two things:
1. The device where you want to play the movies must support the USB device that you're using (not all USBs are the same, and they can be formatted differently, too). So if when you plug it in, the TV doesn't recognize it, use a different USB device.
2. The movies that you put on the USB device must be payable by your device. ie: your TV must be able to decode and play the movie format. As we know, the .MP4 is just a container like .AVI and .MKV and these are not formats. A format is like MPEG, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 (Part 2), MPEG-4 AVC (Part 10) or H.264. Anyway, the point is your TV may not identify the format by the container (file name extension) so just RENAME your .MP4 to .AVI and see if it works.
If it does not work, you'd better convert MP4 to TCL TV more friendly format with a third-party software like Brorsoft Video Converter. It's a professional yet easy-to-use app which can help us convert MP4 to TCL TV accepted video without any quality loss. What's more, it offers optimal preset profiles for Samsung TV, LG TV, Sony TV, Panasonic TV, etc to meet your different needs. Besides MP4, this video converter also handles various common video formats, like MOV, MXF, MTS, MKV, AVI, WMV, etc. If you're using a Mac, simply turn to the Video Converter for Mac version, which has the same function with the Windows version. Here is how to do it.
Steps to convert MP4 to TCL TV compatible format
Step 1: Start the MP4 to TCL TV converter and drag .mp4 files to the software interface to import the file. It support batch conversion.
Step 2: Set output video format as H.264 MP4 under Format > Common Video. In general, mp4 is a well-accepted file format for its ability to save memory storage and keep up the video quality. Here 3 H.264 presets H.264 Baseline Profile Video(*.mp4)", "H.264 Main Profile Video(*.mp4)", "H.264 High Profile Video(*.mp4)" are supported.
Tip: Before start the MP4 conversion for MP4 to TCL TV, you can click the Settings icon and adjust the video bitrate, codec, frame rate, audio sample rate, etc parameters.
Step 3: Hit the Convert button; this video converter will start to convert MP4 for playback on TCL TV through USB drive in no time.
After the conversion is over, connect the USB drive with computer and head to the destination folder where the converted files are stored, transfer the files to the USB drive then plug into your TCL TV. Locate and play your movie. Enjoy.