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How to Play 4K Videos on Raspberry pi 3

How to Play 4K Videos on Raspberry pi 3

Camille Wesley No Comment
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I’m planning to setup my livingroom as the following: The plan is to make the desktop do all the processing power for gaming (using xbox pads) and 4k streaming, while the rpi will project this to the TV. Can I play the 4K video on Raspberry pi 3?

  • Connect my raspberry pi 3 model b to my OLED 4k TV via hdmi.
  • Connect my tv to speakers via optic audio cables.
  • Connect rpi to my powerful desktop via local wifi.

You may can’t pplay the 4K videos on Raspberry pi 3 directly, but don’t be sad, Raspberry Pi rival delivers a 4K Android computer for just $25: The Rock64 Media Board Computer. The Rock64’s video capabilities outstrip the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, with Rock64 capable of outputting 4K video at 60Hz, with support for HDR10, via HDMI 2.0a.

Eve though, we find that the Rock64 only ca support the  4k @60fps but not at 4k @30 fps. Not all the 4K videos are acceptable by it. Sometime, when you take the 4K videos with other video formats or video frame, you may fail to play the videos. You need one powerful 4K video converter which can convert the 4K video to Raspberry pi 3 best supported video formats. Following will tell you the way.

Best 4K Video Converter for Playing 4K Video on Raspberry pi 3

Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate which is one of the best 4K video converter, 4K Blu-ray ripper, you can load any videos to it with any video formats, like the MP4, MOV, WMV, MKV, etc, you also can load the common DVD and Blu-ray movies, ISO images or folder, this software can remove the most DVD Copy Protection, like the CSS Protection, DVD region code, Blu-ray region code, UOPs, Blu-ray AACs, etc.

You can w get the best 4K video for Xbox One X, like the 4K H.265 MP4, 4K H.265 MKV, 4K H.264 4K MP4, you can adjust the 4K video resolution, video frame, video birate for better TV compatibility. Best of all, you even can experience the lighting fast 4K video conversion speed, because this software takes full use of the H.264 and H.265 GPU acceleration.

Getting the 4K videos for Raspberry pi 3

Step 1. You need to download this 4K video converter and import the videos you want to convert, you can drag the videos to this software directly, you also can load the common DVD and Blu-ray discs too.

Step 2. Click the Format button and choose the H.264 or H.265 4K videos from the Common Video or HD Videos. You have 3 options:

  • Common video > H.264 High Profile video (.*mp4)
  • HD video > H.265 HD video (.*mp4)
  • HD video > H.264 HD video (.*mov)

Output Xbox One S and Plex supported 4K formats

Step 3. Then you need to enter the Setting profile and adjust the video resolution from the 1080p to 3840p video resolution, you also can adjust the video frame, video bitrate, etc.

output supported audio codec

Step 4. Go to the main interface and click the Convert button to start the 4K video conversion.

The Rock 64 comes with two USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI 2.0a (for maximum 4K@60Hz compatibility) and a 3.5 mm jack connector, but unfortunately it lacks Wi-Fi connectivity. Eben though, you canplaythe 4K videos on Rock 64 smothly.

Know More: Rock64 Media Board Computer specifications

CPU: Rockchip RK3328 quad core, Cortex A53-based processor

GPU: Mali-450MP2

RAM: 1/2/4GB LPDDR3 @ 1866 MHz

Storage: eMMC flash module socket/micro SD card slot/128 Mbit SPI flash

Video output: HDMI 2.0a up to 4K @ 60 Hz with HDR10 and HLG support

Audio output: 3.5mm AV port (composite video + stereo audio)

Video codecs supported: 4K VP9, H.265 and H.264, 1080p VC-1, MPEG-1/2/4, VP6/8

Network: Gigabit Ethernet

USB: 2x 2.0, 1x 3.0

Expansion: 40-pin Pi-2 Bus with GPIOs, 2x I2C, Analog inputs, UART, SPI, and power signals (5V, 3.3V, and GND). 22-pin Pi-P5+ Bus with GPIOs, I2S, S/PDIF, Ethernet, and power signals (5V, 3.3V, and GND)

Misc: IR receiver; power, recovery & reset buttons; eMMC jumper

Power: 5V 3A power supply via Type H 3.5mm OD/1.35mm ID barrel ‘coaxial’ type plug

Dimensions: 85 x 56 mm


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