A Media Player icon will appear in the PS4 content area and it works with both your home server and when plugging a USB stick with media. People are happy to see that MKV support was added. But it has strict strict requirements of MKV files:
Visual: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile Level4.2
Audio: MP3, AAC LC, AC-3(Dolby Digital)
However, All MKV (h264) encodings are not the same. IIRC, the encoding constraint level cannot exceed 4.0 for PS4 compatibility. If your MKVs are too high a quality, you could possibly get the message “there was a problem playing this item” on the ps4. But don’t despair, here the article will teach you how to play MKV files on PS4 without any hassle with tow methods.
Method 1: Streaming MKV Video to PS4 Guide by DivX Media Server
Using DivX Media Server on your PC or Mac, you can stream MKVs to the PS4. It’s a free DLNA media server that allows streaming to TV, tablets and other DLNA-compatible devices as well as Chromecast. Follow the steps below to learn how to stream MKV videos to PS4 using DivX Media Server.
Step 1: Install the free media server in DivX Software. If you haven’t already, you can get the free download for Windows or Mac by clicking here.
Step 2: Open DivX Player, the turn sharing on. When DivX Player is open, click the DivX Media Server icon in the bottom right of the player window. Then, select “Settings”and click the button “Turn Sharing On”.
Step 3: Add Videos to your DivX Media Server. To do this, go to the “Folders” tab of DivX Media Server settings and click the “Add” button to add the folders containing your video files. This step is also covered in the video above.
Step 4: Make sure your computer and the PS4 are on the same local network. You don’t need an internet connection to use this, but you do need a local network connection that both devices are connected to.
Step 5: Install Media Player on your PlayStation 4. You can download this from the PlayStation Store. Once installed, you”ll have an icon appear in the PS4 content area:
Step 6: Open the PS4 Media Player app. Then, select your DivX Media Server from the list of devices.
Step 7: Navigate to “Video”. Then select the video(s) you want to play. Your video will then start streaming from your computer!
This guide covers all the steps required for a first-time setup of streaming from DivX Media Server to the PS4 Media Player. The next time you want to stream MKVs to PS4, just make sure DivX Media Server is on and repeat steps 6 and 7 above.
Method 2: Play MKV on PS4 by converting MKV
If your MKV doesn’t meet the requirement, you can use Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate to make MKV compatible with PS4 by conversion or you can choose to transcode MKV to PS4 more supported MP4. This program is an all-in-one media solution. One of its function is to convert MKV to PS4 supported MP4/AVI/MKV. It allows users to adjust output video codec, frame rate, bitrate, size and audio sample rate, channel, codec, size so you can change your MKV parameters to get it meet the demand of PS4. It even offers the optimized preset for PS4 equipped the most compatible video/audio parameters which can make you play video on PS4 without any hassle.
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Step 1: Download and install Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate:
For Mac:http://www.multipelife.com/download/imedia-converter-mac/imedia_converter_setup.dmgStep 2: Launch the MKV to PS4 converter and click “File” to add the MKV files. It support batch conversion so you can add more than one MKV files at a time.
Step 3: Click “Format” drop-down list and choose ” PSP/PS3 >> PS3 Video(720P) MPEG-4(*.mp4)” as the compatible MP4 preset with best video quality.
1. For people who want to further customizing output video size and quality, you can click “Settings” on the bottom to enter Profile Settings Window, and customize video size, frame rate, bitrate, codec and sample rate(Hz). In general, the higher bit rate, the bigger output file size.
2. Click on “Edit” button, the video editor will pop up. Tap “Subtitle” option and check the “Enable” icon. Then, by clicking on “Browse” to import your *.srt, *.ass, *.ssa subtitle file you’ve downloaded. After the subtitle is loaded, you can preview it.
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Step 4: Hit the big red “Convert” to start converting MKV to PS4 in MP4 with best video settings. After the conversion, click “Open output folder” in the conversion window, or “Open” in main interface to quick locate the converted video.
Then, you can stream the converted MKV movies to PS4 without any hassle.