MP4 playback on TV problems

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by jwatc75, Jun 3, 2014.

  1. jwatc75 macrumors newbie

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    I created some MP4 files from old VHS tapes using handbrake. I combined some of the MP4's using Windows Movie Maker to get entire VHS tape into one MP4 file. I also tried combining using IMovie. I loaded the MP4's onto new seagate portable HD. Also tried regular thumb drive.

    The problem is no matter the method (just handbrake, movie maker, or IMovie) I can't get the MP4's to play back well using blue-ray player. If the MP4 is about 500mb in size it will play but when I fast forward I lose sound after about 5 mintues. If it is 3gb I lose sound after 36 seconds and if it is 9gb the blue-ray will not even recognize the file. The first BR player I tried was an LG (2010) and in manual says it is capable of playing MP4's. I then went to electronics store and explained my problem. Told them I would buy a BR player on the spot if it can play my MP4's. They opened new Samsung and I plugged in HD and still same problem.

    Is there an easy way to play these videos that isn't too technical or expensive. Roku maybe? I'd buy it if I knew it was going to solve my problem. I tried googling the issue but can't seem to find anyone with similar issues.

    Thank in advance!
     
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    What happens when you play your videos in Windows Media Player and QuickTime Player?
     
  3. jwatc75 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So the MP4 that is 2.15gb plays on both players fine, the other files are at least 5gb and not playable with either player. I guess that is why they aren't recognized on BR player.
     
  4. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    It appears that the problem is staring you in the face. I'm betting dollars to donuts that your USB drive is formatted FAT32. FAT32 files are limited to 4 GB. If your Blu-ray player can handle NTFS or exFAT, then format your drive with the newer file system.
     
  5. jwatc75, Jun 4, 2014
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    jwatc75 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The Seagate HD is formatted NTFS. I tried ExFat and even tried different file allocation sizes. It doesn't appear that is the problem. I can't play the large mp4's that are on my desktop so there must be something limiting me. I can't believe nobody has similar issues as this.

    The one thing that seemed to work was compressing the 2gb mp4 down to 900mb and it played fine on BR player; was able to FF and everything. The only problem was I used Skysoft Video Converter trial so I would like to figure out how to do it with Handbrake or Streamclip. I'm not even sure if I should be looking for another forum as I may be getting off-topic.
     

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