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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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