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Can Xbox 360 play MP4 files?

Can Xbox 360 play MP4 files?

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Can I play mp4 files on the Xbox 360? Generally, MP4 is just file extension of MPEG-4 container, which can contain various types of codecs. So when you are asking if Xbox One 360 supports to play MP4 files, the answer will be yes, but it has to be supported combination of those.

The Xbox 360 can’t play all MP4s. It depends on the codecs required to play the video. While your computer has many codecs built in, the xbox does not. This limits the videos that can be played through USB, even if they are listed under the supported video extension list. You can work around this by converting the not support mp4 video to other formats that Xbox 360 supports such as MOV,WMV,AVI for Windows Media Player and Xbox 360.

What are the details of Xbox 360 Audio support?

What are the details of Xbox 360 Audio Video Interleaved (AVI) support?

The Xbox 360 AVI support details are:

  • File extensions: .avi, .divx
  • Containers: AVI
  • Video profiles: MPEG-4 Part 2, Simple and Advanced Simple Profile
  • Video bitrate: 5 megabits per second (Mbps) with resolutions of 1280 x 720 at 30 frames per second (fps)
  • Audio profiles: Dolby Digital 2 channel and 5.1 channel, MP3
  • Audio max bitrate: No restrictions

Q: What kinds of AVI files are supported

A15: Xbox 360 supports files that were encoded using MPEG-4 Part 2, Simple and Advanced Simple Profile. These files are often referred to as “Xvid” or “DivX” video files. Many common DVD authoring tools, cameras, and camcorders are capable of encoding files by using MPEG-4. Note that some files authored for DivX devices may also contain additional functionality, such as menus, subtitles, multiple audio tracks, and so on. Xbox 360 will try to play these files but does not support any of this additional functionality and in some cases will be unable to play the file.

Q: Why don’t some of my older versions of DivX files play

A16: Since Xbox 360 only supports MPEG-4–compatible codec implementations, it can’t play video files older than DivX 5.0.

What does Xbox 360 support for MPEG-4 Part 2?

The details about Xbox 360 support for MPEG-4 are:

  • File name extensions: .mp4, .m4v, mp4v, .mov
  • Containers: MPEG-4, QuickTime
  • Video profiles: Simple and Advanced Simple Profile
  • Video bitrate: 5 Mbps with resolutions of 1280 x 720 at 30 fps
  • Audio profiles: Two-channel AAC low complexity (LC)
  • Audio max bitrate: No restrictions

Can you describe Xbox 360 support for the H.264 standard?

Xbox 360 provides the following H.264 support:

  • File name extensions: .mp4, .m4v, mp4v, .mov
  • Containers: MPEG-4, QuickTime
  • Video profiles: Baseline, main, and high (up to level 4.1) profiles
  • Video bitrate: 10 Mbps with resolutions of 1920 x 1080 at 30 fps
  • Audio profiles: Two-channel AAC low complexity (LC)
  • Audio max bitrate: No restrictions

What exactly does Xbox 360 support for WMV (VC-1)?

The details about Xbox 360 support for WMV are:

  • File name extensions: .wmv
  • Container: asf
  • Video profiles: WMV7 (WMV1), WMV8 (WMV2), WMV9 (WMV3), VC-1 (WVC1 or WMVA) in simple, main, and advanced up to level 3
  • Video bitrate: 15 Mbps with resolutions of 1920 x 1080 at 30 fps
  • Audio profiles: WMA7/8, WMA 9 Pro (stereo and 5.1), WMA lossless
  • Audio max bitrate: No restrictions

Convert Xbox 360 Unsupported MP4 to Xbox 360 Supported Format

To play all kinds of MP4 videos on Xbox 360 you first have to convert the MP4 file to the file formats Xbox supports which are AVI or WMV. If you are looking to convert MP4 files to Xbox on your Windows system then Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate can help you do that. It can help you convert MP4 into the supported formats of Xbox 360 which are MOV, WMV or AVI. Other format videos can also be converted with Pavtube.

Apart from MP4, you also can use it to convert MKV, AVI, WMV, H.265, even BDMV, Blu-ray and DVD to Xbox 360/Xbox One/Xbox One S supported video formats. Plus, the best Pavtube MP4 Video Converter is also a functional video editor, which you can easily merge, trim, crop, add watermark and create 3D/VR effects on MP4 videos with Xbox/360/Xbox One/Xbox One S and convert MP4 to 180+ video codecs for playing on various platforms, incl. iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, Android phone and tablet, TiVo, Chromecast, Roku, Seagate, HD Media Player, smart TVs, VR Headsets, PPT, even all Non-linear editing softwares, etc.

Recently, Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate has upgraded to version with supporting the most advanced hardware acceleration NVIDIA CUDA & AMD APP by H.264/H.265 codec, which can give users 30x video transcoding speed than before. So you can save lots of time to convert MP4 to Xbox 360 with it when you convert MP4 to H.264 codec video for Xbox 360.

Step 1: Start the program on your computer, on the main interface, click “File” > “Add Video/Audio” or “Add from Folder” to load unsupported MP4 files into the program. You can also directly drag the files to the program’s main panel.

load source

Step 2: Click “Format” bar, from its drop-down option list, select Xbox 360 best supported codec H.264, MPEG-4 Part 2, WMV video from "Common Video" or "HD Video". You also can directly output Xbox 360 preset profile format from “Zune/Xbox 360 Device” > “Xbox 360 HD Video(*.wmv)”.

Output Xbox 360 preset profile formats

Step 3: Go back to the main interface, click right-bottom “Convert” button to begin the conversion from MP4 to Xbox 360 supported file formats conversion process.
When the conversion is completed, click “Open Output Folder” to pop out the folder with converted files, then transfer converted files to an external USB flash drive, plug the drive into Xbox 360’s USB port for playing.

Besides the method mentioned above, you can play MP4 videos on Xbox 360 from Windows Media Center, Zune Software or Windows Home Server, etc. For more information, please click the icon below.

Windows Media Player

Windows Media Center


Windows Home Server

Stream Windows Media Player to Xbox 360

This method of playing videos on Xbox requires Windows Media Player 12 (Windows 7) or 11 (Windows Vista). Lets takes Windows Media Player 12 for example.

  1. In Windows Media Player 12, click the Stream menu and then select Turn on media streaming.
  2. In the pop-up dialog, click Turn on media streaming.
  3. Name your media library and click OK.

For Window Media Player 11, go to Library>Media Sharing.

Play Videos on Xbox 360 from Windows Media Center

Windows Media Center is an application for Windows users to view and record live television, as well as play videos and music. But it’s only included in these versions of Microsoft Windows: a) Windows 7 Ultimate, Professional, Home Premium, or Enterprise; b) Windows Vista Ultimate or Home Premium; c) and Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. You could follow these instructions to play videos and music on Xbox with Windows Media

1. Connect Xbox 360 to your network using a wired or wireless connection.

2. Remove previous pairs (optional).

If you previously connected your Xbox to computer, remove the existing connections as follow.

On your computer

  1. Start Windows Media Center.
  2. Go to Tasks, and then click Settings.
  3. Click Extender.
  4. Select Xbox 360 Media Center Extender.
  5. Click Uninstall.
  6. Click Next.

On your Xbox 360 console

  1. Go to My Settings, and then select System.
  2. Select Computers.
  3. Choose Windows Media Center.
  4. Choose Disconnect.
  5. Press the B button on your Xbox 360 controller to return to the Xbox Dashboard.

3. Add Xbox 360 to Windows Media Center

  1. On your Xbox 360, go to Apps>My Apps and then select Windows Media Center to get the 8-digit setup key.
  2. Start Windows Media Center on your computer and go to Tasks, click Add Extender and enter the 8-digit setup key.
  3. Click Next to complete setup.

4. Start Media Center on Xbox 360

Go to Apps, select My Apps, and then select Windows Media Center. This will build your media libraries on Xbox 360 for the first time and let your play media on Xbox.

Play Video on Xbox 360 from Zune Software

  1. Install and launch Zune software and then click Settings.
  2. Click Software>Xbox 360.
  3. Select the media types you want to share, and then click OK.

Play Videos on Xbox 360 from Windows Home Server

Windows Home Server lets you store all your photos, movies and much more in a central location that can be accessed from any computer or device like Xbox on your home network. After connected to a Windows Home Server, you can play videos and music on it, and even create a slideshow with pictures that are saved on your Home Server. Here is how to connect your Xbox 360 to Windows Home Server:

There are a number of apps that have already been released, allowing the streaming of local content easily from any Android device right into a TV connected with Chromecast. These apps are best for watching home films, DVD rips, downloading videos and lots of other content.

  1. Connect Xbox 360 to Home Server using Ethernet cable or an external wireless adapter.
  2. Copy files to Shared Folder and open Windows Home Server Console to turn on media sharing through Server Settings>Media.
  3. Now power on your Xbox and go to the System blade.
  4. Move over to the Network Settings option and press A to select it.
  5. Enter Edit Settings option by pressing A on Xbox, and setup network depending on wired or wireless connection.
  6. Go ahead and select Test Media to make sure everything is working.
  7. Now you can access the video, music and pictures in Windows Home Server from Xbox 360.

Note that Windows Home Server is free to try, but dollars to buy.

In order to enjoy your media on your Xbox 360, you should then follow these steps:

1. Press the Guide button on your controller, go to Media, and select the media type you want to play.

2. Select the name of your computer and then press the A button. If a media source is already selected, press X to select a different media source.

3. Select the item you want to play or view.

Done! Now you can play videos and music on Xbox streamed from another PC.

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