Kodi is a free media player that is designed to look great on your big screen TV but is just as home on a small screen. For Vizio Smart TV owners, you can install Kodi on Vizio TV for streaming local music, videos, etc. Have some local 4K video shot with your 4K device recorders or downloaded from YouTube and wish to stream the 4K video to Vizio TV via Kodi, the following article will show you how to make that achieved.
Add local 4K video to Kodi from computer
To stream local video via Kodi to Vizio TV, you will first need to add local 4K video to Kodi library. You can follow the detailed guide in this article:
Install and setup Kodi on Windows
Install Kodi on Vizio Smart TV
To install Kodi on Vizio Smart TV, you need an Android client. You can use a Firestick, Roku stick or Android TV box. Follow the below steps to install Kodi on Vizio Smart TV.
1. Get a FireStick, Roku stick or Android TV box to add Kodi to your Vizio Smart TV.
2. Plug the Android TV stick to your Vizio SmartTV.
3. Go to Google Play Store in the Android TV stick’s main menu.
4. Select Open Google Play Store.
5. Next, search for Kodi.
6. Select Kodi.
7. Now, Install the Kodi app.
8. Now, Kodi is successfully installed on your Vizio Smart TV. You can Install your favorite Add-ons and start streaming videos, movies, etc.
Convert unsupported 4K for Kodi playback on Vizio Smart TV
After all setting is completed, there is still an important issue that you will need to fix. Although Kodi now supports for 4K video playback, however, it doesn’t mean that you can play 4K video in any file format on it. Kodi has native playback support for the following container file formats and codec:
Container formats: AVI, MPEG, WMV, ASF, FLV, MKV/MKA (Matroska), QuickTime, MP4, M4A, AAC, Ogg, OGM, RealMedia RAM/RM/RV/RA/RMVB, 3gp
Video codec: MPEG-1, MPEG-2, H.263, MPEG-4 SP and ASP, MPEG-4 AVC (H.264), H.265 (as from Kodi 14) HuffYUV, MJPEG, RealVideo, RMVB, WMV
From above lists, we can see that you will fail to load certain 4K container file formats such as MXF, XAVC, XAVC S, TS or 4K compression codec such as Prores, Cinematic, etc into Kodi. To fix the format incompatible issue, you can download our best 4K Video Converter – Pavtube Video Converter, which has full importing support for all the unsupported 4K container file formats and codec listed above. Thanks to its batch conversion mode, you can load multiple 4K video into the application for conversion at one time.
The tool can assist you to easily transcode unsupported 4K video to Kodi readable 4K AVI/WMV/MKV/MP4 with the compress codec of MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) or H.265. The program supports hardware encoding acceleration, you can get up to 30x faster H.265 codec encoding speed on a computer than runs Maxwell (GM206) or Pascal based Graphic card that supports Nvidia NVENC technology or up to 6x faster H.264 codec encoding speed on a computer that runs Graphic card that supports Nvidia CUDA or AMD App technology.
For Mac users, you can go to download Pavtube Video Converter for Mac to perform the same conversion process on macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra, Mac OS X El Capitan, Mac OS X Yosemite, Mac OS X Mavericks, etc.
Step by Step to Convert Unsupported 4K Video for Vizio TV Playing via Kodi
Step 1: Load unsupported 4K video 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 unsupported 4K video video files into the program.
Step 2: Define the output format.
Clicking the Format bar, from its drop-down list, select one of Kodi supported playback 4K file formats such as “H.264 High Profile Video(*.mp4)” under “Common Video” main category.
Tips: Click “Settings” on the main interface to open “Profile Settings” window, here, you can flexibly adjust the 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.
Step 3: Enable GPU Encode Acceleration.
Click “Tools” > “Options”, in the opened “Options” window, click “Acceleration” menu, then check “Enable GPU Encode Acceleration” otpion so that the program will accelerate converion speed when encoding video to H.264/H.265 codec.
Step 4: Begin the conversion process.
After all setting is completed, hit the “Convert” button at the right bottom of the main interface to begin the conversion process from unsupported 4K video to Kodi playable 4K H.264/H.265 encoding process.
When the conversion is finished, click “Open Output Folder” icon on the main interface to open the folder with generated files. Then add converted 4K files to Kodi for viewing on Vizio TV with stunning quality.