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How to Get Galaxy Note 3 to play AVI/VOB/MKV/MPG/WMV video files?


The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has been officially unveiled at a Samsung Unpacked event at IFA 2013 with a new design and larger screen. With dimensions of 151.2x79.2x8.3mm the Note 3 is actually slimmer and thinner than the Galaxy Note 2 despite boasting a larger 5.7-inch display. Not only that, it's only 168 grams - 12 grams lighter than its predecessor. The first thing many people will notice is the display, bumped up to 5.7 inches the screen is a Full HD Super AMOLED panel with a resolution of 1920x1080. With 386 pixels packed into every inch, you can read text that's sharper than the printed page, see images more vivid than the highest quality photo magazine, and watch videos come to life in vibrant 1080p HD.

When playing local content, the Note 3 impressed us by supported versatile video and audio file types/formats:

Video Supported:
Codec: H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8, Sorenson Spark, MP43, VP8, HEVC
Format: 3GP (MP4), WMV(ASF), AVI, FLV, MKV, WebM
Recording & Playback: Full HD (1080p), UHD

Audio Supported:
Codec: MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, Vorbis, FLAC(*), WAV(*)
(*) Ultra High Quality Audio (~192KHz, 24 bit) support

If, however, Galaxy Note 3 refuses to play a video, it could be due to one or more of the following reasons:

- Unsupported codec (e.g. AC3)
- Huge file size (that exceeds maximum 4GB file size)
- High bitrate (e.g. camera footage taken at 18-25mbps)
- Unsupported video format (e.g. *.vob format)
- Protections (e.g. iTunes videos)

In order to play all MKV, AVI, VOB, TiVo, MPG, WMV, FLV/F4V videos on Galaxy Note 3 properly, you'd better convert videos into Galaxy Note 3 supported video formats first before transferring them to Note 3. Along with some help from third-party software, this can be done effortlessly.

The best program I can recommend for encode/re-encode videos for Galaxy Note 3 is Brorsoft Video Converter (available for Windows or for Mac users), a quite fast (NVIDIA CUDA & AMD AAcceleration support) yet powerful high-quality video converter, player and editor. If you're getting video playback errors or issues with Galaxy Note III, chances are you already installed this great utility. If not, download it from below.

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Converting MKV/AVI/VOB/TiVo/MPG/FLV to MP4 for Galaxy Note 3

Step 1-> Launch the Video Converter for Galaxy Note 3, and import your source materials. Batch conversion is supported so that you can add multiple files for conversion at a time.


Step 2-> Click "Format" bar, here I recommend you "Samsung > Samsung Galaxy Note(*.mp4)". The output videos could fit on Galaxy Note 3 perfectly.


Step 3-> (Optinal) If you like, you can click "Settings" to change the video encoder, resolution, frame rate, etc. as you wish. Remember the file size and video quality is based more on bitrate than resolution which means bitrate higher results in big file size, and lower visible quality loss. According to my experience, for watching videos on the Galaxy Note 3, 720p with 1500~2000kbps is just all right. Below is the best video format settings for Galaxy Note 3 per my experience.


Step 4-> Finally, Press the "Convert" button to start MKV/AVI/WMV/VOB/FLV/MPG/F4V to Galaxy Note 3 MP4 conversion.

There, now you know how to get your movies onto the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 so that you can watch them on that gorgeous green! Keep in mind that some of the settings can be tweaked to improve the video quality but it's a balance between quality and size. Using the settings we suggested, a 74MB MKV file encoded to a 25MB MP4 file.

If you are considering to get a powerful all-in-one tool to convert videos, Blu-ray movies and DVDs to your Galaxy Note 3 or other portable gadgets at the same saving time and effort, the all-in-one Blu-ray Video Converter Ultimate program will a nice choice for you. If you are running a Mac OS X computer, iMedia Converter Mac is the alternative.

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