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What codec to convert video for Vizio TV?

by LaryRyan / December 9, 2012 9:51 PM PST

I just hooked up a Vizio E601i-A3 Smart TV. I have a lot of family videos made from different cameras over the years. They all play just fine on my computer but a lot of them do not play on the TV. I get a message that the codec is not supported. I have tried a few convertor programs that I downloaded and it seems to work for a few but not all of the videos. Is there a convertor that will convert all, or at least most videos to work on my Vizio?

Thanks in advance for any help.

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. Is there a convertor that will convert all
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 9, 2012 11:46 PM PST

No. With that out of the way I will share I use HANDBRAKE a lot.

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I also have used handbrake.
by LaryRyan / December 10, 2012 12:35 AM PST

It is a real waste of time having to use a convertor only to find out that while it converted some files & they worked, others from the same converter program do not. I was looking for something that worked properly every time.

Thanks anyway.

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I was looking for something that worked properly every time.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 10, 2012 12:39 AM PST

There is no such product.

I bet you may wonder why so let's get that up on the table. It has to do a lot with copyrights. For example let's use FLASH as an example. If I had a FLASH video then Adobe has the license on that encoding and decoding. If I included that, Adobe may want a fee for the feature I'm using.

There is VLC Player that plays just about everything but if you examine how they are able to get away from the license issues you find that their country does not recognize such patents or licenses.

I know folk are a little upset about this mess.

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What folk I see are after.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 10, 2012 1:06 AM PST

Is the ease of playing anything you throw at it. For that you want a PC. Get a HTPC (home theater PC) and hook it up. Done. No more converting.

Then again, the AppleTV is pretty nice. Anything that plays on iTunes seems to play on that.

I bet a lot of folk are going to learn these lessons.

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Actually the answer is yes
by PamG01 / August 30, 2013 8:55 AM PDT

Vizio TV supports Microsoft WMA/WMV codecs There are many converters out there that support this. I use DVD Fab, it's not free.

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Are you saying that all dozen WMV codings are supported?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 30, 2013 9:12 AM PDT
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Can you help with other settings?
by cnetuser99999 / April 7, 2014 10:02 PM PDT

I also noticed that Vizio seems to be able to handle a .wmv file I captured from tape using Movie Maker. I captured all the other tapes using "full" tape mode (DV .avi). So I would like to keep those full tape .avi's - but also convert them on the PC to something the Vizio can use. I tried using (mmc? not sure of tool name) with the following settings:

Video: 3000kbps
Audio 128 kbps
Frame: 30 fps
Video Size: "original" (which is 720x??? I think)- maybe I should try this at 640x480?

First few tries did not work - TV says video codec not supported. Not sure if this is part of these settings or something else. I will get the name of the tool I used to convert and report that also.

Thanks for any help.

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Codec issues
by dwalmz / November 7, 2014 12:34 AM PST

Yeah I know this is an old thread. I have the same issue. My Vizio however WILL play AVI's and MP4's as well as WMV. But it will not recognize certain codecs. Guess it depends on how the file was encoded.

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I guess you want more decoders.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 7, 2014 12:39 AM PST
In reply to: Codec issues

Take a look at a WDTV box next.

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Intellectual Rights
by Geoffrey Voeth / October 3, 2015 8:35 PM PDT
In reply to: Codec issues

The USA is mostly a capitalistic country and the lack of freedom for the people related directly to powerful person/persons who want to use intellectual stuff to make money or possess power so it seems sometimes that other countries who are not so capitalistic are actually more free than the USA. There is a very bad need for a national standard such as RAW which will run on anything anywhere. I have never seen a better scheme than the old laser disc with individual frames [pictures] and like straight pcm for the audio. They want to compress and encode everything and that is the only problem.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 3, 2015 9:45 PM PDT
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You use code from another country like VLC Player does. Little known to all is how VLC Player avoids the patent issues. Anyone care to elaborate?

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VOB is a fairly standard container for hardwares
by Geoffrey Voeth / October 3, 2015 8:25 PM PDT

recommend using ffmpeg static download then convert whatever to vob for most hardware stuff. The hardware stuff seems to have an affinity for vob. If only filename.vob then the it is not complete because other files are wanted for vob but I have found vob seems to play on any of the hardware stuff. when using ffmpeg be careful to understand quality because it defaults usually to the lower quality pixelated settings. put on your thinking cap because ffmpeg requires a lot of reading.

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Video Converter for Vizio TV
by MrFixitReed / October 7, 2015 12:30 PM PDT

Vizio TVs are designed to use the H.264/MP4 AVC format. Although they will play other formats, the various codecs used will be somewhat hit or miss as to whether they will play or not. I have found that the best FREE video converter to use is found at Download, install and import your video (it can convert almost any format) select the format you would like (for Vizio TVs select MP4 AVC/H264), select OK. Then, if you would like to change any of the parameters on the right, do so, select your save location, then select Convert. Go get yourself a beer and pop the popcorn - when it is done copy it to your flashdrive and watch your video.

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