Best Way to get Emby to play MKV movies

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Emby is a media center application, it’s server and clients have spread to Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD, NAS Devices – Asustor, FreeNAS, Docker etc. It’s designed to organize your various types of media and gives you a friendly interface and make it convenient to navigate to all of the movies, TV shows, and other digital media files that you already own. We often use Emby to play media files directly. However many people, including me, meet these conditions when we are playing the MKV video on Emby directly.

Condition 1: This happens to me, the video ends early. For example, it usually cuts off the credits on a typical television series.

Condition 2: When you get the jump back issue which has been around for several server releases without resolution.

Condition 3: You are watching a couple of TV shows to the end, but playback has jumped back about 1 minute or 3 minutes each time and then started playing again from that point.

Condition 4: Screen is nothing. When you try to play an Mkv file on Embry Roku app it simply doesn’t open.

Based on my multiple testing, I come to figure out 3 ways to play MKV movies on Emby.

Way 1: Which is from the Emby to find the answer to to play MKV movies on Emby.

Way 2: Which is from the MKV files to find the answer to play MKV movies on Emby. Sometimes just use way 1 and way 2, we can solve the problem easily, but when they are useless,

Way 3: Which is from the third software to play MKV movies on Emby, it is a almighty way.

WAY 1: Solve the Problem From Emby

First when you want to play MKV media, you should know Emby has two distinct parts: Sever and App. A fully-functioning Emby system needs both a Server and at least one App. The Server includes the Emby web app which is used to manage the Server and your media library. The web app also includes a media player so a minimal installation could be just the server. Have you tried going to settings and updating your Emby and service?

> Ensure your Emby is installed successfully without some files are omitted.

> Configure your audio settings in the device control panel. you’ll need to make sure they are configured correctly.

> Compare the bitrate of your files to the bitrate setting in the app. If the bitrate of a file is higher than the setting in the app, transcoding will be required.

> Your network connection is not fast enough to handle, it may impact playback performance. Maybe you will get "Loading, please wait" message on the screen.

Firstly. If all the settings are good, but you can’t still play MKV smoothly, you can update to latest version to try play MKV files.

Secondly. Also make sure your server version is updated to latest version. When you have done these, Emby may announce its updating firmware.Then you can play MKV fiels successfully.

WAY 2: Solve the Problem From MKV Files

If you want to solve above problem, you should know that MKV is complicated. that MKV files are not an audio or video compression format. In reality, MKV files are actually multimedia container formats. it is a container that can incorporate audio, video, and subtitles into a single file even if they use a different type of encoding. For example, you have a MKV file using H.264 for video and MP3 or AAC for audio. Do you know the MKV audio and video formats that Emby supports? If the Emby can’t support the MKV audio or video formats, you will fail to play them on Emby. Such as MKV videos with AC3 transcode, but Emby just support AAC. Most of time, Emby can decode the MKV file automatically. If it fail to decode. How to do? You can download the compatibility codecs to play on Emby. Here you can do by Ninite, clicking on the "CCCP" option, and then clicking "Get Installer", then perform the operation and install it.

Tips: Once you’ve installed the codecs you might have to restart your computer.


WAY 3: Almighty Way Play MKV Movies on Emby

Sometimes the latest still is useless, There may be some internal decode problems or other unknown factors, I’m not the expert,and don’t know the true answer, but I know the reliable solution: we can use the third converter to switch MKV to MP4, then play on Emby. MP4 is the most popular and stable format and never happens any problems when you are playing it on Emby, if you think above ways are complicated, you can try to convert MKV to MP4 for playing on Emby, here is a perfect third converter: Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate which can help you to convert MKV to MP4 with fast encoding speed and excellent output quality, also this software can convert MKV to any formats that Emby can support, shch as: AVI, MOV,WMV etc. Another one, you don’t worry the system the compatibility problem, Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate can support not only the Windows operation system, but also MAC system. When you use the Emby and have some playing problems, you don’t know how to do. but Video Converter Ultimate won’t let you down, it’s very stable and safe, the interface is user friendly and easy to operate. Even if you meet some problems, you can contact the customer service quickly, they can solve your any problem.You can read here to know it in detail. I hope you can install the free version and try to convert MKV to MP4 firstly, If you like it very much ,you can buy. Here will show you how to switch MKV to MP4 for playing on Emby.

Play MKV movies on Emby with MP4 Format

Step 1.Load MKV files

Click "File" or click the file icon right to follow "Load from folder", then import MKV files.

load mkv files to mkv video converter

Step 2. Output MKV to MP4

Click the format bar to follow "HD Video" and "H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)." Actually, you also can choose MP4 from "Common Video" category.

choose output file format

Step 3. Start Conversion

Click the"Convert" button to start the conversion from MKV to MP4. When the conversion is done, click "Open Output Folder", you can find the output files quickly.

From above 3 ways, as usual, we can install the latest Emby. when we download the MKV movies, most of people will forget to pay attention to the MKV format,if we want to decode the MKV to appropriate codec and want to play MKV movies on Emby, how to do? The best way is convert MKV to MP4 with the help of Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate. Fast speed and 100% lossless quality is your fist choice. Friendly interface must have attracted you. Hope it will be your best video assistant.

More Guides

  1. Play MKV On VLC
  2. Play MKV On Xbox
  3. Play MKV Files on Qicktime
  4. Convert MKV to AVI
  5. Switch MKV to MPEG

Step-by-Step to Convert Tivo to Quicktime

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Many people like to record TV Shows using Tivo. But Tivo is an unfriendly video file format that many media players can’t play it, such as the Mac default media player- QuickTime.

"So I have been seraching for over an hour and haven’t been able to find a solid post on this: How do I convert .Tivo files to something I can watch it with QuickTime on MacBook Pro? So is there any program or a method for conversion?"

"I converted a .tivo to MPEG using TVHarmony Autopilot. When I try to view the MPEG in Quicktime I hear all the audio but the video freezes on the first frame. I am using Quicktime 7.7.9 with the MPEG playback component installed."

Before solve the problem, you should know that what video and audio files QuickTime can play:

Media Type

File Formats



QuickTime Movie (.mov), MPEG-4(.mp4, .m4v), MPEG-2 (OS X Lion or later), MPEG-1, 3GPP, 3GPP2, AVCHD (OS X Mountain Lion or later), AVI (Motion JPEG only), DV

MPEG-2 (OS X Lion or later), MPEG-4 (Part 2), H.264, H.263, H.261


iTunes Audio (.m4a, .m4b, .m4p), MP3, Core Audio (.caf), AIFF, AU, SD2, WAV, SND, AMR 

AAC (MPEG-4 Audio), HE-AAC, Apple Lossless, MP3

So, it is obviously that TiVo files are not compatible with QuickTime. If you got some TiVo recordings and want to play TiVo in QuickTime on Mac, it is required to convert TiVo to MOV or other decent file types. Here Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac is the optimal solution for you.
It enables you batch convert TiVo files to MOV video on Mac(macOS Sierra included) without quality loss. Moreover, this TiVo Converter can also help you quickly convert TiVo to AVI, WMV, MOV, MP4, MPG, H.265, etc popular format. If you are planning to encoding TiVo to WMP on Windows, please get the equivalent Windows version Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate.

Download the right version and follow the step-by-step guide below to play your TiVo movies in QuickTime with ease.

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Step-by-Step to Convert Tivo to Quicktime

1. Launch the Tivo Converter and import Tivo.

Drag & drop TiVo files to the program directly. Or go to the “File” menu, choose “Add Video” to locate the TiVo files you want to add. You can add several files to do batch conversion.

Tip: When first loading, this TiVo Converter will ask you to input your Media Access Key. Simply enter your Media Access Key, and click “OK” to confirm.

2. Choose QuickTime format

Hit the drop-down list of “Format” to choose “Common Video -> MOV – QuickTime (*.mov)” as the target format. This MP4 to QT MOV Converter also offers the QuickTime Movie Format for you. Just choose it. 


Tips – Set advanced settings 

By clicking the Settings icon, you can adjust video and audio parameters like codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, etc., in that way, you can take charge of the size and quality of the output MOV files. In principle, the larger input values, the better output quality, but the corresponding larger file size. 

3. Start converting TiVo to QuickTime

Press the big “Convert” button to start the Tivo video process. After the conversion, you can add your Tivo videos in QuickTime playlist.

Now, you can play Tivo on QuickTime. In addition, Pavtube iMeda Converter for Mac and Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate also can convert Blu-ray to QuickTime, DVD to QuickTime, ISO to QuickTime, H.265 to QuickTime, MKV to QuickTime, AVI to QuickTime, etc.

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Rip DVD to Plex in Lossless/Uncompressed MKV Format

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Plex is popular for its powerful media organization and sharing function. Due to this advantage, many people tend to copy DVD collections to Plex then they can stream DVD movies on HD TV via Plex without bothering DVD discs and DVD Player again. But in the DVD ripping process, it is likely to lose the original video quality, therefore, many people searched on the google for the way to copy DVD to Plex with lossless/uncompressed files:

Just wondering what the easiest, quickest way would be to get 800-900 DVD’s ripped and put into some format so I can share  them into plex? I am running a MAC and PC , Which file extension am I aiming for? Avi? MKV?”

“My buddy lets me connect to his Plex server, and even added me to his Home on the Plex Pass, because of this, I want to help him out. He has a vast (about 1700 titles) DVD collection that I want to start helping him archive. For lots of the newer ones, we can find excellent digital copies elsewhere, but he has several obscure DVD titles that aren’t available anywhere else, so we would need to rip them from his collection manually.

My question is this: What is the best way to get uncompressed (he has a 4x16TB setup so size isn’t an issue… yet) DVD rip that is compatible with Plex? He wants the best quality possible without worrying about size so when streams to somewhere outside his network (and I stream to mine) it doesn’t make it too bad.”

Actually, MKV is the best choise to rip DVD to Plex cause MKV is such a flexible container format that supports various codes, including H.264, VC-1, AC3, DTS, etc. Almost all DVD movies are saved as H.264/MPEG-2 encoded .VOB files with AC3 or DTS audio, in that case MKV is mostly compatible with DVD movies and it is possible to keep original H.264 video codec when converting DVD clips to MKV container without en-decoding, lossless video quality is retained. So how to rip DVD to lossless/uncompressed MKV?

What you need is a software that could kick the copy protection of DVD to one side and remux DVD into MKV without quality loss to play on Plex server. Here is how come Pavtube ByteCopy, an efficient DVD Ripper, which is specially designed for users who want to rip BD/DVD ISO images files to lossless/uncompressed MKV with multiple audio tracks and subtitles. Pavtube ByteCopy can remove DVD encryption including CSS, region code, RCE, Sony ArccOS, UOPs, Disney x-project DRM and Blu-ray AACS, BD+, UOP, Region codes, MKB v61, MKB v62 then convert DVD and Blu-ray to Plex in lossless/uncompressed MKV container. Read: ByteCopy VS. MakeMKV VS. DVDfab

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How to Lossless Convert DVD to Lossless MKV for Plex?

Step 1. Load DVD Movies

Free download Pavtube ByteCopy to your computer, install and launch it. Insert DVD into disc drive which is well connected with the computer, click the “Load from disc” button in ByteCopy and browse to disc drive for importing.

BD DVD ISO to Plex

Step 2. Choose lossless MKV as target format

Click the format bar to follow “Multi-track Video” and “Lossless/encoded Multi-track MKV (*.mkv)” because it will contain chapter markers in the output video.

Choose lossless MKV as output format

Step 3. Adjust V/A settings

Click “Settings” to enter Multi-track video profile window; switch to “Video” and find the “Encode” box which is unchecked by default, so if you want a lossless MKV copy, do not touch it.

Multiple audio tracks subtitles

Step 4. Start ripping DVD to MKV

Click the big “Convert” to start DVD to lossless MKV conversion. The conversion speed also depends on your computer configuration. Since the movies are remixed to MKV directly without transcoding, the conversion should complete in a short time. After conversion, click “Open” or “Open output folder” to quick locate converted files.

Ok now the lossless MKV files are prepared; transfer them to your hard drive or NAS to stream it to Plex Media Server, now you can watch your DVD movies on TV with exactly the same quality as original!

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Windows Media Player 12: Playing Ogg Audio Files

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Does Windows Media Player 12 support OGG audio file? I guess no cause there are many cases online that WMP failed to play OGG files:

"I’ve ripped the majority of my music collection in .OGG Vorbis format, and I’ve installed the DirectShow filters and codecs from the website. When I select “Play with Windows Media Player” or “Add to Now Playing List” from the context menu on the containing directory, it only opens Windows Media Player without adding any of the media files."

Why Can’t Windows Media Player 12 Play Ogg Files?

By default Windows Media Player 12 doesn’t support the Ogg Vorbis audio format. In fact, compared to more modern programs like VLC Media Player and Foobar2000, Microsoft’s jukebox program doesn’t support many audio formats out of the box.

This is because it doesn’t have the right codec in order to decode audio which has been compressed with the Vorbis format. So, if you’ve got files ending in .ogg or .oga then WMP 12 won’t know what to do with these. If you’ve already tried playing Ogg Vorbis files, then you’ll probably have seen WMP 12 complain (via a pop up message) that it had a problem — it then promptly refuses to do anything more.

To get Ogg files supported in WMP 12/8/7, you can of course use an alternative media player, but what if you want to stay with WMP 12? How do you get it to play Ogg files? You have two options: 1. install the codec; 2. convert OGG format.

Method 1: Adding Support For Ogg Files

The solution is to install a codec that can decode files in the Ogg Vorbis format. There are plenty of codec packs that you can download and install, but these often add a lot more codecs (including video) on your system than you actually need.

If you just want to add support for Ogg, then all you need to do is use the appropriate DirectShow filter.

Once installed on your computer, Windows Media Player (and any other DirectShow compatible player) will be able to use this filter.

Here’s how:

  1. Go to’s download page.
  2. Look in the Binaries section and download the Open Codec installer. As well as adding support for Ogg Vorbis, this installer also includes codecs for Speex, Theora, FLAC, and WebM too.
  3. Once downloaded, run the opencodecs executable file.
  4. Click Next on the first screen.
  5. Read the license agreement and then click the I Agree button.
  6. Click Next if you are happy with the default destination folder. Alternatively, use the Browse button to choose a different folder.
  7. To install all the codecs in the pack and set up the necessary file associations for WMP, click Next.
  8. Choose a menu start folder from the list, or just click Install to go with the default path.
  9. Wait for the codecs to be installed and then click Finish.
  10. Restart your computer.

Testing Windows Media Player 12 Ogg Playback

  1. When Windows is back up and running, go to the folder on your hard drive where the ogg files are located.
  2. Double-click on a file to test.

If everything is set up correctly, Windows Media Player 12 should automatically run and start playing the Ogg file you selected.

Method 2: Convert OGG to WMP 12 For Playing

 A large number of audio conversion software packages exist for converting these OGG to WMP, mp3, or anything else that WMP will play natively. Be aware that converting already compressed files may degrade their quality. Much of the conversion software will require the above codecs to be installed. Conversion may make sense if you ultimately wanting to share your music with devices such as the iPhone that does not support the OGG formats.

Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is recommended here. With this OGG converter you can convert OGG audio files to a variety of audio formats such as MP3, WMA, FLAC, AAC, AC3, MKA, etc. On the other hand, it also can convert any audio format to OGG files. It can extract OGG files from MP4/MKV/WMV/AVI, etc video, even Blu-ray and DVD movies. Meanwhile, it also can directly rip Blu-ray and DVD to WMA or WMV for WMP and convert video to WMA or WMV for WMP.

Free download and install 

Step 1: Add OGG files to the audio converter by clicking "File" at the top of the interface.

Step 2: Choose MWA audio from the "Common Audio" catelog from "Format".

Tips: you can click "Settings" to adjust audio codec, channel, sample rate and bitrate.

Step 3: Press on "Convert" to start to convert OGG files to WMP 12 supported WMA audio.

After the conversion, you can locate the generated WMA audio files in output folder then add the WMA audio files to WMP playlist to enjoy the audio.

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Integrate All Movies to MP4 for Plex Around House Streaming

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Plex can organize and manage your media library and allows you stream your movie library throughout your house on iPhone, iPad, PC, TV, Android devices, PS4 Pro, Xbox One S from the sharing folder of Plex. Today, the article shows you how to add movie library to Plex sharing folder including Blu-ray, DVD, 4K, MKV, etc.

Add movies to Plex

Hot Search: Blu-ray to Plex | DVD to Plex | ISO to Plex | MKV to Plex

How to Add Movie Library to Plex?

1. Download and install Plex. Click on the Computer download. Yes, you can also download it to your network-attached storage device if you have one. For this how-to, we’re focusing on the desktop app. Once you’ve grabbed it, install it – there aren’t any complicated settings you have to fuss with. Click the Launch button when you’re done.

Plex download in PC

2. Create a Plex account. You don’t have to have one if you don’t want – just click the “Don’t want an account” link at the somewhat-bottom of the screen, and you’ll be transported to Plex’s actual configuration screen. We recommend you go for it, though; it makes remote streaming much, much easier. Once you’re done, Plex will transport you to the primary configuration screen. Agree to the EULA. You can create one just by entering a username, email address, and other information.

Create Plex account

3. Click the “Already have an account” link to supply your credentials, or create one now.

Get started

4. Name thyself. All you have to do in the next screen is giving your desktop computer a name. By default, it’ll use whatever name you’ve already assigned your desktop PC via Windows. If you’re good with that, click Next.

Name thyself

5. Create your media library by clicking on the Add Section button. Plex will ask you what you’re trying to add – movies, TV shows, music, photos or home movies. It’s ok if you have multiple types of media in a given folder, but it’s pretty easy to use Windows’ standard conventions for storing things (the prebuilt Videos, Pictures, and Music folders that likely already exist on PC).

Add section

Once you’ve selected what you want to add, give the section a name (like “Movies”) and click the Add Folder button to do just that. While Plex scans your media, you can add more folders if you so desire. Once you’re all done, click the big orange Next button to go on.

6. Add Channels, or other third-party sites that you can tap into using a Plex-friendly app, by selecting them on the next screen. Click Install on the pop-up window for each channel to slap it into your Plex server. On the final screen, click Done to jump into the full Plex display.

Add channels

7. You can edit Plex’s default settings by clicking on the wrench and screwdriver icon in the window’s upper-right. By default, you shouldn’t have to play with anything, but you’ll be able to use the Settings menu’s myPlex section to see whether your computer can be found from outside your internal network (in other words, is your port forwarding working). You can also tell Plex how much it should scan the various folders you imported via the Library section. If you want Plex to auto-update every time you drop a new video in your Movies folder, that’s where you’ll find that option.

Plex settings

Finally, under the Plex/Web section (on the top), you can use the Player section on the sidebar to set the quality of your local and remote streams. If your network can support it, go big!

Here a Support – Basic Setup from Plex will be helpful to you, too.

All that is how to add your movie collections to Plex. Well, what’s next?

8. Stream your stuff by tuning into Plex using your favorite DLNA-friendly device. Or, if you prefer, you can also grab the Plex apps for iOS or Android to watch your desktop-based media from your tablets or smart phones.

Stream movie to devices via Plex

Plex can hanle many media formats but the end devices usually have strict limit on video formats. If you plan to play video with Plex on Home Theater, I suggest you’d better integrate your media library to MP4, a generic container which can be played on nearly all devices.

Integrates Media Library to MP4 for Plex

The Best solution for you is to find a third-party tool to make everything easy. Here Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is one of the options. It’s good because you can use it as a video converter to first convert your all kinds of movie files to Plex in MP4 format with flawless video quality and quick conversion speed. It also can add DVD to home library for Plex. For commercial Blu-rays encrypted by MKB v61, AACS, BD+, there is no any pressure to rip them to Plex Media library. In Blu-ray/DVD to Plex ripping process, it can preserve DTS 5.1, AC3 5.1, TrueHD 7.1 audio.

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Step 1. Install and launch the Video Converter for UnRAID Server (Mac version is here), and click “Add Video” button to load your Blu-ray/DVD/HD Video files. The software supports batch converison so that you can add several movie files to convert at one time.

Step 2. Click on “Format” boarder to set output format.

Now that we’re converting all kinds of movies for your devices, Click “Format” drop-down list and choose the video format from “HD H.264 MP4(*mp4)” Format option, it will suitable for Plex.

Step 3. Finally click on “Convert” button to start converting Videos to Plex. This Video Converter is highly efficient and it will finish the video conversion in minutes.

After the conversion, you can put the video to Plex media library for sharing and streaming around house.

Note: Much wonderful software bundled with Video Converter Ultimate will provide you more amazing experience in converting videos. Go to Money Saving Software Bundles to get special offer for more software, such as ByteCopy + Video Converter Ultimate = Only $79.9, Save $27.1, Video Converter Ultimate($65) + ChewTune($29) = Only $74.9, Save $19.1 and so on.

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Convert MKV/AVI/WMV/VOB Videos to Xbox One S 1TB

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About Xbox One S 1TB Console

Xbox One S 1TB Console, full game digital download of Madden NFL 17, seven Madden Ultimate Team Pro Packs, one month of EA Access, Xbox Wireless Controller (with 3.5mm headset jack), HDMI cable (4K Capable), AC Power cable and 14-day Xbox Live Gold Trial. You can watch Ultra HD (UHD) 4K Blu-rayTM movies on your 4K TV and stream 4K video on Netflix and Amazon Video.
With great upgrades and improvements made to both hardware and system, Xbox One S will surely bring users fantastic visual experience when playing MKV/AVI/WMV/VOB on it.

However, It is clear that MKV can’t be played directly on Xbox One S 1 TB as the console only supports a few video containers like AVI, MP4, WMV, MOV, no MKV. So, we should convert MKV to Xbox One S initially. Although MP4/AVI/WMV can be natively played on Xbox One S, we also need to convert MP4/AVI/WMV to Xbox One S in that different MP4/AVI/WMV files have different video codecs, and just a part of video codecs in MP4 container can be supported by Xbox One S 1TB. We once talked about converting HD Videos to Xbox One S with Top Video Converter, which can help you play MKV/AVI/WMV/VOB on Xbox One S 1TB with improved performances as well.

Convert MKV/AVI/WMV/VOB to Xbox One S 1TB Accepted Video Formats

The perfect solution is that you need to convert the MKV/AVI/WMV/VOB files to Xbox One S 1TB supported formats, and then transfer the converted files via the DLNA server. Now there is a powerful tool to help you on this. That’s the Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate. It offers a powerful plugin called “Media Server” which enables you to directly stream any video to Xbox One S 1TB effortless. Besides, you can also extract Blu-rayDVD and convert a wide rage of movie files or 4K movies to Xbox One S 1TB readable format. The Mac version is here. Please follow the steps below to do your task.

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Full Guide on How to Play Your MKV/AVI/WMV/VOB Files on Xbox One S 1TB

Preparation: First make sure you’ve downloaded the Xbox Video Converter successfully and installed it on your computer. The installation is fast and clear.

Step 1. Run the Video Converter for Xbox One S 1TB, click “Add Video” to load your video files like MP4, MTS/M2TS, MKV, MOV, TOD, AVI, TiVo, Video_TS4K Videos, etc.

Step 2. Choose from “Format” menu for Xbox One S playable video. In order to get Xbox One S MKV file, you are suggested to follow the path ” Zune/Xbox 360 Device” > “Xbox 360 HD Video (*.wmv)” as output format for Xbox One S 500G/1TB/2TB.

Step 3. Parameters including video codec, video file size, bitrate, frame rate, audio sample rate, audio channels, and more in Settings can be reset to get a satisfying video/audio enjoyment on Xbox One S 1TB.

Step 4. Start conversion from MKV/AVI/WMV/VOB to Xbox One S 1TB game console by clicking “Convert.” When it finishes, click the “Open Output Folder” icon to quick locate the converted video. Then, transfer the MKV/AVI/WMV/VOB files to your Xbox One S 1TB.

Tips: Transfer the converted MKV/AVI/WMV/VOB video files to Xbox One S 2TB.

Now, you’re able to enjoy your favorite MKV/AVI/WMV/VOB files to Xbox One S 1TB, Have fun!

Read this comparsion to get more multmedia tools and check out Pavtube Money-saving Tips here.

Tips: How to set up your Xbox One S console

Setting up your Xbox One S console is easy. Just follow these step-by-step instructions.

Xbox One S setupTopics:

>> Unbox and position the console >> Connect the console to your TV
>> Connect your set-top box to the console (optional)
>> Connect the console to your router or modem
>> Connect the console to a Kinect sensor (optional)
>> Plug in the power cord

Unbox and position the console

Step 1: Unbox the console

An Xbox One S game bundle typically includes:

  • Xbox One S console
  • Power cord
  • Xbox One Wireless Controller
  • Two AA batteries
  • One HDMI cable
  • Documents (Quick Start Guide, manual)
  • Optional vertical stand (not included in every bundle; available for purchase separately)

Note Some game bundles may come with other items like games or Xbox Live trial offers.

Step 2: Position the console

Poor placement Good placement

Make sure that the location for your console is as follows:

  • A stable surface.
  • Well-ventilated, relatively cool, and away from direct heat sources.
  • Uncluttered. Don’t put other objects on, under, or right next to the console. An object on the top right of the console may block its heat vents.

Note The Xbox One S console can be placed horizontally or vertically. The stand is required if placing the console vertically. See Using the vertical stand for the Xbox One S console for more information.

Poor placement Good placement


Good placement (with vertical stand)

Connect the console to your TV

The Xbox One S console system includes one HDMI cable. You can use this cable to connect the console to an HDMI-compatible TV or HDTV. Here’s how:

  • Connect the HDMI cable to the HDMI OUT port on your console (the leftmost HDMI port on the back of your console).
  • Connect the other end of the cable to the HDMI input on your TV.



  • Video output for the Xbox One S console is HDMI only. If you’re also connecting your console to a sound system, see Connect your Xbox One console to a sound system.
  • As a best practice, make sure all the cables on the back of your console are gathered away from and are not touching the console.

Connect your set-top box to the console (optional)

Note If you don’t have cable or satellite TV, skip this section.

If you connect the set-top box (STB) for your cable or satellite TV provider to your console, you can control your live TV content through your Xbox One S. Here’s how:

  • On your TV, disconnect the HDMI cable that connects your TV to your STB.
  • Connect the cable to the HDMI IN port on your console (the rightmost of the HDMI ports on the back of your console).

Connect the console to your router or modem

You can connect your Xbox One S to your wireless router or modem to access the Internet through your console.

If you want to connect wirelessly, the Xbox One System Set Up Solution will help you do that after you finish setting up your console. For a wired connection, use an Ethernet cable to connect your router or modem to the networking port on the right side of the back of the console.

Connect the console to a Kinect sensor (optional)

You will need a Kinect Adapter to connect an Xbox One Kinect Sensor to an Xbox One S console. See How to use an Xbox One Kinect Sensor with an Xbox One S console for details.

Plug in the power cord
Follow these steps to connect your console’s power cord and complete connection setup of your console:

  • Plug the power cord into the leftmost port on the back of the Xbox One S console.
  • Plug the other end of the power cord into an electrical outlet.

Note As a best practice, make sure all the cables on the back of your console are gathered away from and are not touching the console.

Now that you’ve set up the console, it’s time to power it on and set up your system. Go to the Xbox One System Set Up Solution to complete your system setup.

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How to use an Xbox One Kinect Sensor with an Xbox One S console 
Moving from the original Xbox One to the Xbox One S console


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Can’t Play MP4 Movies on Xbox One S 1TB? Solved!

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Microsoft Corp.’s next Xbox, the Xbox One S, lands in stores on Aug. 2. Xbox One S is the latest game console. It has powerful multimedia performance. Unlike the pure game console as PS4, the Xbox One S is more than a comprehensive recreation center. It has more motion controls and network features. With excellent multimedia performance, we could combine the Xbox One S 1TB with other electronic devices like TV, PC, tablet and cellphone. In this guide, I’ll introduce you one of the most important multimedia features of 1TB – the MP4 video playback. You can use the Xbox One S 1TB to enjoy Any MP4 files in three ways.

If you have lots of MP4 files, you can transfer them to Xbox One S 1TB for a great visual experience. This article mainly shows you how to play various MP4 files on Xbox One S. Xbox One S could only play a specific codec encoding MP4 format. In that case you might face an incompatibility issue while watching videos. This article focus on such issues and guide you to play MP4 videos hassle free on your Xbox One S 1TB.

To deal such issues we have three basic solution for that:

* Play MP4 Videos on Xbox One S with Xbox video app (Beast and easy way)
* Convert your MP4 media file into Xbox One S Supported media file (takes time and extra storage required)

Method One: Play MP4 Videos on Xbox One S with Xbox video app

The Xbox One S console has generated a video app in which you can purchase or rent various TV shows, movies and music videos. Follow the steps below to get videos in the Xbox video app.

1. Sign in with your Microsoft account in Xbox One S console

2. Scroll right on the home screen and choose Browse > Movies & TV > Xbox Video

3. Select a video from the recommendations or search the video name in Video Search

4. Select to purchase or rent the video. Most videos have SD (stand definition) and HD (high definition) versions. If you choose to buy the movie, then you download it for 5 times. And if you choose to rent, then you can keep the movie for 14 days.

5. Follow the prompts to complete the transaction after you purchase or rent the movie.

Method Two: Convert MP4 to Xbox One S accepted video formats

The perfect solution is that you need to convert the MP4 files to Xbox One S 1TB supported formats, and then transfer the converted files via the DLNA server. Now there is a powerful tool to help you on this. That’s the Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate. It offers a powerful plugin called “Media Server” which enables you to directly stream any video to Xbox One S 500G/1TB/2TB effortless. Besides, you can also extract Blu-rayDVD and convert a wide rage of movie files or 4K movies to Xbox One S 1TB readable format. The Mac version is here. Please follow the steps below to do your task.

Before taking action, learn more information about this software. Here About this top MP4 to Xbox One S Converter:

1. Almost all video/audio formats supported
2. Output playable videos/movies for all popular devices
3. 6x Faster Conversion Speed
4. Backup BD/DVD with high quality or Copy Blu-ray/DVD without extras
5. Vivid 3D Experience at home
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Step Guide: Convert MP4 videos for Xbox One S 1TB

Step 1. Run the MP4 Converter for Xbox One S 1TB, click “Add Video” to load your video files like MP4, MTS/M2TS, MKV, MOV, TOD, TiVo, etc.

Step 2. Choose from “Format” menu for Xbox One S 1TB playable video. In order to get Xbox One S MP4 file, you are suggested to follow the path ” Zune/Xbox 360 Device” > “Xbox 360 HD Video (*.wmv)” as output format for Xbox One S 1TB.

Step 3. Parameters including video codec, video file size, bitrate, frame rate, audio sample rate, audio channels, and more in Settings can be reset to get a satisfying video/audio enjoyment on Xbox One S 1TB.

Step 4. Start conversion from MP4 to Xbox One S 1TB game console by clicking “Convert.” When it finishes, click the “Open Output Folder” icon to quick locate the converted video. Then, transfer the MP4 files to your Xbox One S 1TB.

Tips: Transfer the converted MP4 video files to Xbox One S

There are two methods for you to realize watching videos and music on your Xbox One S.

1. Connect your Xbox One S to a PC using Windows Media Center;

2. Copy the media files to a USB flash drive and play it on Xbox One S.

Now, it’s time for you to install this best video converter on your computer and refer to the tutorial to convert videos to your Xbox One S supported Video Format. Start to enjoy your visual feast at home!

Now, you’re able to enjoy your favorite MP4 files to Xbox One S 1TB, Have fun!

Read this comparsion to get more multmedia tools and check out Pavtube Money-saving Tips here.

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Best Supported Audio Video Formats by Xbox One S series

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Xbox One S is a hardware revision of the Xbox One. Announced alongside the more dramatic Project Scorpio, it is best thought of as similar to the “slim” hardware revisions we’ve seen in past console generations. The large variety, however, is by no means everything, e.g. you cannot play videos (MTS) that aren’t Xbox One S video formats supported. Here comes the question, what are Xbox One S supported video formats? Can Xbox One S play MKV, MP4 or so? If you are AV enthusiasts and breaking too much of a sweat to have your videos/music playing from your PC, just take a few minutes to get the answer. Plus, you are informed of the ultimate solution to convert all media files to Xbox One S 500G/1TB/2TB supported video/audio formats.

At first you may need to know: Xbox One S Supported Video and Audio Format/Codec

Audio: 3GP audio, 3GP2, AAC, ADTS, animated GIF, .asf, MP3, TIFF, WAV, WMA, WMA Lossless, WMA Pro, WMA Voice

Video: 3GP video, AVI DivX, DV AVI, AVI uncompressed, AVI Xvid, H.264 AVCHD, M-JPEG, .mkv, .mov, MPEG-PS, MPEG-2 MPEG-2 HD, MPEG-2 TS, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, MPEG-4 SP, WMV, WMV HD

Make Xbox One S series-incompatible Files to Be Playable on the Game Console

Want to Play All Video Files on Xbox One S series? Despite Xbox One S series supports many video formats like MP4, MKV, AVI, MTS, etc, there are still increasing demands over Xbox One S 500G/1TB/2TB video formats converter to turn Xbox One S 500G/1TB/2TB-incompataible video formats into the one playable on the game console. Sometimes, movies and videos are unplayable on Xbox One S 500G/1TB/2TB, partly due to the files saved in the file extension like Tivo, MTS, FLV, VOB, MKV etc are out of Xbox One S 500G/1TB/2TB supported video and audio format list. The answer to this issue is to find the best codec for video playback.

Here the video codec transcoding professor Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate will be your best aid for video to Xbox One S 500G/1TB/2TB conversion. Not only it can convert any unsupported video to Xbox One S Series supported video formats like MP4, AVI, WMV, as well as the audio file format supported by Xbox One S Series like MP3, but also you can save yourself a lot of time with the preset profiles for each version of Xbox One S 500G/1TB/2TB gadgets, making it stand out from the crowd similar software.

Highlights about Top Xbox Video Converter Ultimate:

1. Convert all videos (MKV, H.265, VOB, AVI, MP4, WMV, FLV, etc) to Xbox One S Series video formats like MP4.
2. Watch downloaded videos from YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, etc for playing on Xbox One S Series offline.
3. Transfer/Convert Xbox One S Series video files to Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, Android, thanks to the 350+ readymade profiles.
4. World’s no.1 fast video converter for Xbox One S Series, surpassing rivals by as many as 3 times.
5. Maintain perfect balance between the output quality and file size for Xbox One S Series playback.
6. Trim, cut, merge and even add subtitles or watermark to Xbox One S Series game videos for sharing on YouTube.

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Play DVD/Blu-ray video on Xbox One S Series

It’s a pity that the previous Xbox – the Xbox 360 on supports DVD. But this situation has changed on new Xbox One and Xbox One S series – it generates a DVD/Blu-ray drive. If you want to transcode protected Blu-ray/DVD into the audio and video formats Xbox One S series accepts for playback.

Other information about your new Xbox One S Game Console

Xbox One S Consoles Now Available To Pre-Order

Clearly, the 2TB model is a best option if you are considering the 1TB model — given the fact you get another terrabyte for just $50 more. As well as backwards support for Xbox One games and Xbox 360 classics, the Xbox One S is highly anticipated given its support for 4k video. The console will play Ultra HD video from services such as Netflix, Amazon Video, and Vudu, as well as spin Ultra HD Blu-ray discs.

Where can I buy an Xbox One S?

The Xbox One S is available for pre-order through most major video game retailers, including Amazon and GAME and GameStop.

Which is the newest Xbox?

  • As of the latest update to this page on August 1st 2016, the Xbox One S is the newest Xbox console you can buy.
  • As of the same period, the Xbox One S will be the newest Xbox console on the market.
  • The Xbox Scorpio will become the newest Xbox when it launches, but that won’t be until late 2017.

Xbox One S price: how much does it cost?

* Xbox One S 2TB Launch Edition: $399/€399/£349 (includes vertical stand)
* Xbox One S 1TB: $349/€349/£299 (Madden NFL 17 bundle)
* Xbox One S 500GB $299/€299/£249 (Halo Collection bundle)
* Xbox One S 2TB Gears of War 4 Limied Edition – $449.99/£399.99

Xbox One vs Xbox One S: Design

The most noticeable difference between the Xbox One and Xbox One S is the body. First, Microsoft had ditched the black for a beautiful white shell. But more impressive than the new color scheme is that the Xbox One S is a whopping 40% smaller than the Xbox One. But it gets better. Microsoft has managed to fit the original Xbox One’s external power brick inside the Xbox One S now, so all you have is a thin cord running from the S to your outlet—no bulky power brick to trip over anymore.

Another great design difference between the two units is the Xbox One S can also stand vertically now. This allows it to take up a smaller surface area next to your TV. The S also gets rid of the prior version’s slits in favor of dozens of holes that allow for cooling the insides.

Xbox One vs Xbox One S: Features

The Xbox One S has several additional features the original Xbox One doesn’t have. For starters it supports 4K ULTRA HD and 4K BLU-RAY video playback. This means you’ll be able to play 4K Blu-rays and stream 4K content from Netflix and Amazon on the Xbox One S. There are a few caveats with this 4K support. The S does not support 4K games and of course you’ll need a 4K tv to see the video boost. While the original Xbox One offered a blu-ray player, it did not support 4K discs.

Besides 4K video support, the Xbox One S also offers High Dynamic Range (HDR) support. HDR allows for a more vivid color pallet in games and video including brighter whites, deeper blacks and more natural colors.

One feature the Xbox One S removes is dedicated the Kinect port. So if you have a Kinect, you’ll need a USB adaptor to use it with the S. What the Xbox One S gains is an IR blaster, so you can switch between all your AV peripherals with one remote.

Xbox One vs Xbox One S: Controller

The Xbox One S also gets a new controller that has a new textured grip on the underside of the surface so it’s harder for it to “slip” from your hands and crash into your TV when you lose an Overwatch match. The new controller also works with Windows 10 PCs, phones and tablets via Bluetooth and has twice the range of the old controller.

Xbox One vs Xbox One S: Performance

While it’s not a listed selling point, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed to the Verge that the Xbox One S does have just a bit more processing power than the Xbox. “We have the same SOC architecture as Xbox One today. For games that want to take advantage of HDR, we gave developers access to a small amount of additional processing power,” the rep said.


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Capture Video Game Footage On PS4, Xbox One, PC And Mac

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Ever do something amazing in a game and wish you could share the clip with the world (or at least Facebook)? Well, thanks to a plethora of built-in tools and software designed to record gameplay, it’s easier than ever before. Read on for Kotaku’s (mostly) definitive guide to capturing gameplay video on your consoles, PC, or even a Mac!

We often get asked how to capture and share clips either for YouTube or for our Highlight Reel feature. During the last console generation, players had to use external devices to capture gameplay video. Now the latest round of consoles (well, two of them) have built-in video capture and streaming functions, but even those can cause some hassles if you want to upload your video to YouTube instead of OneDrive or Facebook.

Since I’ll be covering a variety of products and applications, this post will focus on the basics of each. I’ll get more detailed with the consoles since those will be the most commonly used. Let’s get started!

Useful Video Terms

Whether you’re shopping for a video capture device, trying to get video from one program to work with another, or any number of other situations, these terms might come up. This is just a super-basic explanation for each in case you get lost during this article.

* Compression — Something that makes a video, image or other file smaller than the original data. It’s why you can stream YouTube videos on your phone, and also why your video sometimes gets blocky, or text is hard to read in jpegs.
* Codec — The software that does the compression. Some codecs won’t work on a Mac or PC without third-party programs. H.264 is the most common codec right now, and shouldn’t give you problems, so don’t sweat this.
* Format / Container — Basically the filetype. Think .mp4, .avi, etc. Formats can be encoded with different codecs.
* HDCP — High Bandwidth Digital Content Protection, a hardware encryption that will prevent protected content being sent through capture software
* Component — The red/green/blue video cables that are used as an alternative to HDMI cables for an HD picture. You’ll find these on the PS3 or Xbox 360, but not the latest round of consoles. If you’re looking to capture via a component connection, make sure to check any device you have for that feature.
* (60) FPS — Frames Per Second, or how many images are in every second of video. Most web videos you’ll see are 30 frames per second, but 60fps video is starting to be supported on YouTube, so if you’re playing games that are especially fast or graphically intensive and want to show them off, keep this in mind.
* 1080p60 — This is a way of denoting resolution and framerate. Here, the 1080 means the image is 1920 pixels wide and 1080 high, and 60 frames per second. The ‘p’ stands for ‘progressive’, which is just to differentiate it from ‘interlaced’, which has to do with how frames are encoded. You shouldn’t need to worry about that part.
* Buffer recording — This can go by many names, but this is how I’ll refer to any feature that lets you hit record AFTER something has happened. The program constantly records and deletes video and only saves the last few minutes when you tell it to. This lets you hit a button after doing something unexpected to save it. It’s also how they get amazing slow-motion shots of sharks for nature shows.

General tips 

To capture video from a console through a third-party device, you’ll have to turn off your console’s HDCP setting (thanks, Hollywood). Theoretically, your video apps like Netflix might not work while HDCP is turned off, but I’ve been able to use Netflix with HDCP off, so…

When capturing video, you want to keep in mind what your goal is going to be. If you just want to share unexpected moments, you need some kind of buffer recording feature, otherwise you’ll have dozens of hours of video to go through every time you want to find a 30-second clip. However, if you want to make frag videos of all your countless headshots, you don’t want to stop playing to click record every minute or two, so you need to be recording constantly. That means you need to be aware of how much each hour of video is taking up, and have enough hard drive space to store it all.

When using a video capture device to capture console footage, the device needs to be powered to pass the video through to your TV. If you don’t want to constantly have to switch cables around or have your computer on, you can use an HDMI splitter between your console and the capture device to avoid that problem. This will split the HDMI signal so that one can go directly to your TV and the other to your capture device. It’s a handy setup that will help you avoid some minor nuisances while playing. I’d suggest it to anyone who has some extra cash for a splitter.

The focus of this guide is on capturing short clips and getting them onto the internet to be seen by others. That is also the first step toward getting all the footage for bigger, more complicated projects, but that’s a topic for a separate article. While this post won’t explain exactly how to use every device or program, that should be easy enough to figure out. The goal here is to help point you in the right direction for whatever you might be trying to do, and to hopefully help you avoid some common mistakes.


Probably the easiest of the bunch, thanks to the ‘share button’, so let’s start here. Both the PS4 and the XBox One make capturing easy but limit your sharing options somewhat.


First let’s set up your share button. Tap it, and when the menu comes up, press the Options button and go to Share Settings.

Personally, I think the Easy Screenshots setting makes the most sense so that you don’t have to hold the button down for a second when you want a screenshot that might be easy to miss. If you want to stick to the basic setting, just swap “hold” and “press” for the rest of this section.

The PS4 is constantly recording your gameplay in a temporary file, so once you bring up the share menu, you can press the square button to save a clip, or select “upload video clip”, which will save the video clip and bring you to the upload menu. Share Settings also allows you to change how much video is saved in the temporary file (up to 15 minutes), and if the PS4 records your microphone along with gameplay.

If you know you’re about to do something that you’d like to capture, you can double tap the share button to begin recording a video.


If you’d like to edit your clip on the PS4, you’ll need to do that through the ShareFactory app. It offers options to simply trim down your clip to start and end where you want it to, or to add music, transitions, and goofy effects. So you too can make a masterpiece like this:


From any screen on PS4, hold the share button and select “Upload video clip” to upload an unedited video to Facebook. You can also upload screenshots to Twitter from here.

If you’d like to upload your video on YouTube or somewhere else, go to the home screen and select Capture Gallery to choose your clip. Click Options, and you’ll see an option to copy the video to a USB drive. You can then take the video clip to your computer and edit it, upload it, or put the drive in a tiny box and cherish it. Whatever makes you happy.

UPDATE: As of the latest PS4 update, you can now skip the USB drive and upload directly to YouTube the same way you would to Facebook using the steps above.


Of course the Xbox One won’t be left out, so you can capture and upload videos natively here too. The process is going to vary a bit if you don’t use Kinect, so I’ll cover both.


First, the quickest way. When playing a game, the Xbox One is also constantly recording video to a temporary file, but unlike the PS4, the buffer is only 5 minutes. When playing a game, you can say “Kinect, Record That” “Xbox, Record That,” and it’ll save the last 30 seconds of video. If you don’t want to talk to your TV, you can double tap the Xbox button and press X to do the same thing.

If you want to record a longer clip, you need to snap the Game DVR app, either by going to the dashboard or by double tapping the Xbox button. You’ll see an option to “End clip now” or “Start new clip”. End clip now will let you record video from the past five minutes, and start new clip will let you record up to five minutes of video.

UPDATE: Alternately, you can use voice commands, via the Kinect, to start and stop a recording by saying “Xbox, start recording” and “Xbox, stop recording.”

Here’s the catch: You still haven’t actually saved your video. When you record a clip with Game DVR, it’ll show up under “show my clips”. Then you need to find your clip, hit the menu button and select Save. If you don’t, your clip will eventually be deleted if you record enough new clips to bump it out. You should save the clip to ensure it isn’t deleted. You can also save clips in the Upload app.


Editing on the Xbox One is done through the Upload Studio app, which you can download for free. Like PS4’s Sharefactory, it gives you the options to just trim the clip’s length or do more complicated edits like add intros, kinect video, voiceover or combine clips.Uploading

Uploading, is done (naturally) with the Upload app. That’ll let you share clips on Xbox Live, on your activity feed, or with your friends. You can also easily find your clips with It’s a third-party site that accesses public videos from Xbox Live, so if you don’t want your clips to show up here publicly, you need to use privacy settings to set your videos to friends only.

If you want to share something beyond Xbox Live, you’ll need to use the free Upload Studio app to upload to Microsoft’s OneDrive. Once your video is on OneDrive, you can share a link with anyone (depending on your privacy settings), download the video, tag people, etc.

With A Capture Device 

Okay, so you’ve outgrown the built-in capture tools and you want to get fancy. Maybe you’re starting a YouTube channel, or you just have higher standards than ShareFactory can meet. Maybe you just want to capture video from your Wii U or Ouya. You’re going to need a third-party capture device. These are some of the popular products that I have experience with, but they’re definitely not the only options out there. This also isn’t a guide to using each device, just a guide to point you in the direction of some good options.Blackmagic Intensity

When I first started doing game capture, I used a Blackmagic Intensity Pro, an internal card for desktop computers. Since then, Blackmagic has branched out, adding external USB and Thunderbolt devices, so I can’t speak for those in particular. From my experience, Blackmagic’s hardware was pretty solid, but the software left something to be desired. This may have changed in the past two years, but Blackmagic’s primary focus isn’t gaming, so you aren’t going to find certain game-focused features here. The flip side is that Blackmagic makes a wide range of professional video products, so you can expect a pretty good baseline level of quality.

The Intensity capture devices run from $200-300. A benefit is that they can record uncompressed video, so you can get the highest image quality possible. The drawback is that the highest resolution and framerate you can go to is either 720p60 or 1080p24. There are interlaced settings, but who really wants that?Avermedia

I asked our own Mike Fahey for recommendations here. He recommended the Live Gamer Portable over the latest model, the Extremecap u3. The latter lets you capture uncompressed 60 fps video via USB 3.0, but it’s only compatible with certain USB chipsets, which means you may not be able to use it depending on your computer’s parts. So for most people, the Portable seems like a more versatile option. That’ll let you capture 1080p30 footage from consoles and includes a component cable input.Happauge HD PVR series

I haven’t used these myself, but they’re another popular product for recording gameplay. These will record up to 1080p30, compressed with the common H.264 codec that will take up far less space on your hard drive than uncompressed video. If you’re using a Mac, all but one of the models will require you to purchase separate software. Check out all their models here.Elgato Game Capture HD

These are what we use here at Kotaku and what I use at home. (Kotaku purchased some of our Game Capture units and received others from Elgato. I purchased my personal unit.) The Elgato Game Capture HD60 is the newest version, which is HDMI-only, and can capture up to 1080p60. The Game Capture HD will only go to 1080p30, but it includes a component adapter for PS3, and is a bit cheaper.WindowsFraps

Fraps is the classic PC gaming capture program. It’s cheap, built just for gaming, has benchmarking features built in, and it’s also really outdated. I hate to say it, but the age of Fraps has passed. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad program, it’s just a very outdated one. It doesn’t record compressed video, so any file you record is going to take up a ton of space until you convert it. It can’t record your desktop, only video direct from an application, and it has no type of buffer recording. If you have it already, it’s fine, but if you’re looking for to buy your first capture software, there are better options out there.


Bandicam is my personal go-to software for PC capture. It’s a great all-around program for recording compressed H.264 video that won’t take up a ton of hard drive space. Aside from direct capture from games, you can set it to record your whole desktop or just a section of it, so it’s versatile enough to record browser or flash games. It’ll run you $39 for a license, or you can download a trial version that’ll put a watermark on your videos if you want to test it out.


If you have a new-ish Nvidia graphics card, you can use Shadowplay, which is available for free from Nvidia. This is probably the best option for direct PC game capture, as it has a buffer feature so you don’t have to constantly record. Just hit a hotkey after something great happens, and Shadowplay will save the last section of video (its length will depend on your settings and hard drive space). You can also manually start a recording, record a mic, all the good stuff you’d expect.Raptr

Another Windows-based option that allows you to record video. It also has performance tweaking and social features, and if you use an AMD graphics card, it also includes features similar to Nvidia’s GeForce Experience.

Open Broadcaster Software (OBS)

This almost got left off the list, but many commenters reminded me of it (thanks!) OBS is a free, open source program for video recording and livestreaming. It’s also available on Mac and is coming to Linux. It also features H.264 encoding for those sweet sweet filesizes.


iShowU HD

iShowU HD is a good all-around option for video or game capture on a mac. It’ll only run you $30, and can record fullscreen as well as letting you capture a set region of the screen. Since it’s not designed specifically for gaming, it comes with other screencasting features like highlighting mouse clicks or displaying keystrokes.


Another good program for Mac screen capture, but at $99, it’s probably more than you want to pay for game videos. If you’re curious about it, there’s a free trial you can test out. Screenflow also comes with other screencasting features, as well as a built-in basic editor.OBS

Scroll up, because OBS is no longer Windows-only!Editing

Now, to get your your video online, you can just throw it up as-is onto YouTube, Facebook, OneDrive, etc. This works fine for shorter clips, but if you want to create a montage, trim a long video, or add music or effects, you’re going to need a way to edit your videos. Above, we talked about the built-in editing systems on the Xbox One and PS4, but that only works for videos captured on those platforms.General Tips

As always, think about what you want to do and who your audience is. If you’re trying to show off a funny 10 second clip, don’t add a 15 second intro on the video for people to sit through. (Ideally you’d never add a 15 second intro to anything that isn’t a TV show, but hey, that’s just me).

So that’s it! You should be well on your way to capturing some exciting videos of your gaming achievements. If you have any other suggestions, tips, or even favorite clips, put them in the comments below.


Make Xbox One/PS4-incompatible Files to Be Playable on the Game Console

Sometimes, movies and videos are unplayable on Xbox One/PS4, partly due to the files saved in the file extension like Tivo, MTS, FLV, VOB, MKV etc are out of Xbox One/PS4 supported video and audio format list. The answer to this issue is to find the best codec for video playback.

Here the video codec transcoding professor Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate will be your best aid for video to Xbox One/PS4 conversion. Not only it can convert any unsupported video to Xbox One/PS4 supported video formats like MP4, AVI, WMV, as well as the audio file format supported by Xbox One/PS4 like MP3, but also you can save yourself a lot of time with the preset profiles for each version of Xbox gadgets, making it stand out from the crowd similar software. Here is review.

Play DVD/Blu-ray video on Xbox One/PS4 

It’s a pity that the previous Xbox – the Xbox 360/One/PS4 on supports DVD. But this situation has changed on new Xbox One/PS4 – it generates a DVD/Blu-ray drive. If you want to transcode protected Blu-ray/DVD into the audio and video formats Xbox One/PS4 accepts, read this tutorial.

For more video tips about Xbox One, read Xbox One Column and PS4 Column.

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Solved – Can’t Play A Video On Windows Media Player?

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Still whining about that Windows Media Player has been shown the door of Windows 10 OS? Still pissed off that Windows Media center was no longer part of Windows? If you are a diehard Windows 10 user who wants to get the videos which can compatible with windows media player, the answer is listed above.

Questions about Can’t Play A Video On Windows Media Player: Hi, Well I’m trying to view a file on WMP, and I can hear the audio but I can’t see the video. Why is this happening? And how can I fix it? Detailed answers please, I’m not really super smart with computers. Thank you so much.”

Best Answer: You probably don’t have the appropriate video codecs installed on your computer. FYI, a codec is a device or program that encodes and/or decodes digital data (audio or video). You can fix this by downloading the codec that your video file is encoded with. To find this the easy way, download a tool that determines the codec for you and install it on your computer.

Best Professional Method – Convert Videos to Windows Media Player:

First, you can try to download proper codec like K-Lite; while, some guys complained that it’s hard to find a proper codec and install a codec correctly. If you have tried K-Lite and you still cannot play then you have done something wrong. Another solution, the fast and effective one in my view is, to convert VOB/AVI/MKV etc to Windows Media Player preferred format like WMV.

What if you cannot install codec pack? For example, you will play MP4 on other people’s computer and you are not authorized to install any program? Windows system only comes with some filter that support WMV, ASF, AVI, MPG, MP3, WAV, etc, and doesn’t support MP4. On this situation, converting your Videos to WMP natively supported WMV or AVI format is the best choice.

Second option, is to simply install Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate. Lots of users are impressed by this converter since it is powerful enough to convert camcorder videos to multiple video formats for iOS/Android/Windows Tablets & Phones and HD Media Players as well as video editing software including Sony Vegas, Pinnacle, Avid MC, Premiere, and more. And you can enjoy the powerful edit function, like trim, crop, watermark for text, image and video, 3D effect, subtitles and so on. Here is review.

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Guide: Convert AVI/MKV/VOB to WMV for playing on Windows Media Player

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Step 1: Add AVI/MKV/VOB video files

Launch the video converter and click the “add video” button to browse your computer hard disc and load the AVI/MKV/VOB video files you want to convert to the software.

Step 2: Select output format

Next, choose a video format that is supported by Windows Media Player as the output format. Of course WMV is the best choice. Simply click “Format” “Common Video” or “”HD Video” and select “WMV” from the format list.

Tip: To get a decent output video quality as you want, you can also click “Settings” icon to and enter “Profile Settings” panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels.

Step 3: Start the final AVI/MKV/VOB to WMP conversion

When all the settings are OK, go back to the main window and click “Convert” to begin converting AVI/MKV/VOB to WMV for Windows Media Player.

Once conversion is finished, a message of task accomplishment is displayed. Now you are ready to enjoy your favorite AVI/MKV/VOB videos in Windows Media Player with the best quality.

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