MKV is a popular and widely accepted format which has unlimited audio or video streams holding capacity. The format is popular on the internet as well as it enables sharing HD video content like anime, cartoon, etc. Due to HD video sharing feature, the format is not supported by every computer system. Sometimes we still encounter cannot play those kind of MKV files on WD TV Play, WD TV Live, or WD TV Live Hub. Let alone to play WDTV unsupported video format after read this detailed solution.
Here is a typical question listed below:
Q: “Try to play a few movies today on my WD TV Live (through my NAS) and a few HD Movies wont play (.mkv) I looked up the codec and its H.264. Now this is supported by WD TV Live… and it plays other H.264 movies just not these 2 or 3 new ones I have. I can play them fine using my PC with VLC. Also is there any difference running twonky media server using the WD TV LIve or just connecting to the NAS Shared Directory do the same thing? They both show me the movie directories… not sure what the point of using Twonky…”
Why WD TV Live won’t play MKV Files
If your WDTV Live is not playing mkv or video file at all, the problem is on one or more newer mkv video merged with one the latest version of MKVmerge. When the WDTV Live try to open one of those files, it hang, and can’t play anymore no one files, even if it is power off. The solution to restart the playing function is to press 1 second the reset button when the WDTV is on. Then install (or uninstall from pc MKVmerge version 4.xx), and install a previous version (3.30 for example) open the files that is not playing and save them with another name (for example *.(1), like MKVmerge show). And now try to play this new file, and they and the older MKV are working again. Important, don’t try to preview or play of a non ok mkv file: the WDTV will hang again. Made the same procedure with MKVmerge if the newer files has no audio ouput from TV.
It is well know that MKV is a container file format, it can hold various different video, audio codec and subtitles tracks in one file. Although WD TV Live media player has claimed its official support for MKV format. However, your MKV should be encode with H.264, x.264, AVC, MPEG1/2/4, VC-1 codec, if your MKV files contains WD TV Live media player not recognized Divx, H.265 video codec and AC3 audio codec, you will definitely fail to import them for playing.
To get unsupported MKV to be played on WD TV Live, you will need a third-party video conversion program to convert unsupported MKV to WD TV Live recognizable formats. Here, a standalone and simple to use application called Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate/Mac (support Mac OS X El Capitan) is recommended to you to complete the conversion. You can easily decode H.265 or other unsupported MKV format to WD TV Live media player supported format with H.264 video codec and AC3 audio codec. Here is review.
With it, you can ripping the latest 3D/2D Blu-ray, DVD as well as the HD video files from Blu-ray/DVD for TV and convert to such as AVI, WMV, RMVB, MOV, MPEG-4, H.264, MKV, VOB, etc various video formats for some popular smartphones and tablets as well as editing software. Besides, you can also handle the latest Blu-ray/DVD and ISO/IFO files. With this smart tool, HD Videos to MP4 conversion becomes so easy and fun.
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Step Guide: How to Converter MKV files to WD TV Live Media Player
Step 1. Launch the WD TV Live Media Player Video Converter and import MP4 files.
Drag & drop MKV Video files to the program directly. Or go to the “File” menu, choose “Add Video” to locate the MKV files or MKV, MP4, WMV, FLV, MOV, MP4, MTS files you want to add. You can add several files to do batch conversion.
Tip: Freely select the subtitles for you MKV, AVI, WMV, FLV, MOV, MP4, MTS movies from the “Subtitles” option. Thus, you can watch MKV, AVI, WMV, FLV, MOV, MP4, MTS on WD TV Live Media Player with Subtitle.
Step 2: Set Output video format for WD TV Live Media Players.
Click the drop-down button on the right side of the “Format” to select “MP4″ from “Format > HD H.264 Vdieo (mp4)” Category, Which is suitable for WD TV Live Media Player.
Tips: Click “Settings” button, then you are able to adjust all the settings in the following window to customize the output file quality, including codec, size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel.
Step 3: Start converting MKV videos to WD TV Live Media Player.
After the above steps are done, you can click “Convert” button to convert your MKV Video to WD TV Live Media Player compaitable MP4 format. Easy operation and faster conversion speed, these two are the most outstanding points of this WD TV Live Media Player Video Converter.
What’s next? Freely play the converted videos on HD TV.
One choice: You can copy the MKV videos on your removable hard disk and then transfer them to WD TV for playing.
Another choice: Build a situation of DLNA, and then directly stream and play the converted videos restored on your PC hard drive with WD TV.
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