How to Stream and Play MP4 over DLNA

Failed to play MP4 via DLNA? Read this article to get a quick solution. 

I just got a smart TV a few days ago. Wow this thing is great. Today I got the DLNA running and I’m pulling down music and videos off my computer. With DLNA I watched a few videos on my TV today. Very cool. But I found some MP4 videos don’t play well via DLNA. I’m hunting for some help playing MP4 via DNLA perfectly.

After reading several different posts online here I put together a working workflow. So, why DLNA won’t play MP4 files sometimes? From online’s shared tutorial, I know that it is perhaps a codec issue. MP4 is a flexible container format which can store just about anything (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, MPEG-4(A)SP, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, H.265/HEVC, VC-1/WMV, Real Video, Microsoft MPEG4 V2, VP8, VP9, MVC). Therefore if you can’t play MP4 video files over DLNA, it’s probably that your MP4 file codec is not compatible with DLNA. In this case, a quick solution is to convert MP4 to DLNA more friendly format.

Brorsoft Video Converter (Mac) is the highly recommended by more than one guys. With it, you can easily change any video including MKV, VOB, TiVo, AVI, MOV, and more to DLNA compatible video files with fast encoding speed and excellent output quality.

How to convert MP4 to DLNA supported video format

1. Run the program and load your source video files .mp4 format into it.

2. Tap Format bar and choose a DLNA supported video format. MPEG-4, MPEG-2 from “Common Video” are all the proper choice.

Tip: Click Settings button to adjust video/audio parameters. As for DLNA streaming, select a proper bitrate and resolution based on your WLAN bandwidth.

3. Click Convert button to start converting MP4 media to a DLNA compatible video. After the conversion, you can get the resulted videos by clicking the Open button and then stream and play MP4 via DLNA freely.

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