Play H.264 on DVD Player from USB Drive

When you are searching on the forum, you may find that there are many DVD player owns looking for a DVD player that can handle H.264 files playback from USB drive:

“My DVD player recently broke down and I just wondered if someone could recommend a replacement? Apart from DVD’s I’d like a player that will also playback H264 files from either recordable DVD+/-R or a USB stick with FAT/NTFS file system? Preferably a well know make and not too expensive? Thanks a lot for your advice.”

“Nowadays, more people are using MP4/MKV/H.264 formats. Are there any current DVD or Blu-Ray players that will automatically play these files from a flash drive?”

Are there any DVD Player that can handle H.264 files?

To answer this question, we should be clear of what type of files can be played on DVD Player.



Common DVD Player formats

MPEG-2 (Also called H.222 or H.262)

More DVD Player formats

MPEG-1 (Video CDs, or VCDs)

Latest DVD formats

MPEG-4 (Also called H.264 or Blu-ray)

The most standard DVD formats is MPEG-2 format, which is also called H.222 or H.262. Beyond the basic DVD formats, there are many formats that DVD players can support such as video CDs, or VCDs with MPEG-1 compression, some newer players may recognize Divx format files as long as they have AVI encoded in them. Higher end DVD players will be able to handle MOV, WMV, WMA and MPEG-4 video discs. While H.264 standard is commonly known as Blu-ray, you can play this type of file format on Blu-ray player but normal DVD Players cannot handle this type of format.

Related article: Play MP4 on DVD Player | Play MKV on Standard DVD Player | Play Movies from USB on DVD Player

Transcode H.264 for DVD Player viewing

To play H.264 on DVD Player, you will need to perform a format transcoding process. Here, you can download Pavtube Video Converter. The program can assist you to fast transcode H.264 to DVD Player readable MPEG-2, MPEG-1, Divx, MOV, WMV, etc listed above. The program supports batch conversion mode, so that you can load multiple H.264 video into the application for conversion at one time. To get better output file quality, you can flexibly adjust output profile parameters such as video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc as you like.

For Mac users, please switch to download the Mac version – Pavtube Video Converter for Mac to perform the conversion on macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra, Mac OS X El Capitan, Mac OS X Yosemite, Mac OS X Mavericks, etc.

Step by Step to Transcode H.264 for DVD Player Viewing

Step 1: Load H.264 files into the application.

Download the free trial version of the program. Launch it on your computer. Click “File” menu and select “Add Video/Audio” or click the “Add Video” button on the top tool bar to import source H.264 files into the program.

Import source H.264 files

Step 2: Choose a DVD Player Supported file formats.

Clicking the Format bar, from its drop-down list, select one of DVD Player supported file formats such as “Divx AVI  – Audio Video Interleaved(Divx)(*.avi)” as output format. If you require for high quality, “DivX HD(*.avi)” would be a great choice.

Output DVD Player supported file formats

Step 3: Adjust output profile parameters.

Click “Settings” on the main interface to open “Profile Settings” window, here, you can flexibly adjust the output profile parameters including video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc as you like to get better output video and audio quality.

Adjust output profile parameters

Step 4: Start the conversion process.

After all above settings, you can start the H.264 to DVD Player supported format conversion by hitting right-bottom “Convert” button. You can view the duration and remaining time of the conversion process, and choose whether to shut down computer and open output folder when conversion completed.

Once the process completes, download and transfer the converted H.264 videos to a USB flash drive or an external hard drive for viewing on DVD Player.

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