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How to use Roku Media Player to play your videos, music and photos


How to use Roku Media Player to play your videos, music and photos

Background

Roku Media Player is a channel available for download through the Roku Channel Store. It may also be pre-installed on some Roku® streaming devices. Roku Media Player allows you to watch your own personal video files, listen to your music files, and view your photos using the Roku device’s USB port (if available) or by accessing a media server on your local network.

Playing content stored on a USB Device

Some Roku devices include a USB port to which you can connect an external USB drive for the purpose of playing locally stored photo, audio, and video files. You can connect more than one USB drive to your Roku device by connecting them to a USB hub.

Hard drives may be formatted with different file systems. Roku Media Player supports drives that are formatted with the FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, EXT2, EXT3, and HFS+ file systems. You can also access different partitions on the USB drive.

There are many types of USB drives, from large external hard drives to smaller thumb-drives. It is important to note that different drives have different power requirements - for example, many external hard drives require external power.

Insert the USB device into the USB port on your Roku device. If Roku Media Player does not detect the USB device, click here.

  • Note: The most common problem with USB devices that cannot be detected is that they require more power than the Roku device can provide. If the USB drive has indicator LEDs, they may also turn red or flash to indicate insufficient power. To solve this issue, plug in your external USB drive if it has a power cord, or use a powered USB hub.

Playing content on your local area network

DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) is a standard technology that enables sharing of content between devices connected over a network. To play content stored on another device or computer on your Roku device using DLNA, the other device must be running DLNA server software and must be on the same network as your Roku device. Some routers and NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices have a built in DLNA server.

Roku Media Player has been tested to work with the following DLNA servers:

  • Windows Media Server

  • Serviio

  • Plex

  • Twonky

  • MiniDLNA

For information on setting up a DLNA server, consult the associated online support site.

Which media file types are supported?

The following file formats are supported:

  • Video — H.264/AVC (.MKV, .MP4, .MOV)

  • Audio — AAC (.MKV, .MP4, .MOV); MP3(.MP3, .MKV); WMA (.ASF, .WMA, .MKV), FLAC (.FLAC, .MKV), PCM (.WAV, .MKV, .MP4, .MOV), AC3/EAC3 (.MKV,.MP4. .MOV, .AC3), DTS (.MKV, .MP4, .MOV), ALAC (.MKV, .MP4, .MOV, .M4A)

  • Playlists — .M3U, .M3U8

  • Image — JPG, PNG, GIF (non-animated)

The following media formats are supported on Roku devices that support 4K

  • 4K Video — H.265/HEVC (.MKV, .MP4, .MOV); VP9 (.MKV)

The following media formats are supported on Roku TVs

  • Video — H.262 (.MKV)

Notes:

  • The Roku Media Player channel will not display unsupported file types or files it has determined cannot be played by your Roku device.

  • DRM-protected content is not supported.

5.1 AC3/E-AC3 (Dolby Digital)

Most Roku players will only pass-through Dolby Audio™ (AC3, E-AC3). In order to decode the multi-channel surround sound, you must connect your Roku player via HDMI® or S/PDIF (optical) to a TV or A/V Receiver capable of decoding Dolby Digital (AC3), Dolby Digital Plus™ (E-AC3) or DTS.

Some Roku players such as the Roku Ultra, can decode Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC3) to HDMI® and S/PDIF (optical). This means that content encoded with Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC3), will be transcoded into Dolby Digital (AC3) if your A/V Receiver does not support Dolby Digital Plus, but does support Dolby Digital 5.1.

Check your Roku device specifications to determine its audio capabilities.

RokuTVs support transcoding Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC3) to Dolby Digital to S/PDIF (optical) and ARC (Audio Return Channel), allowing you to connect your TV audio to an A/V Receiver that supports Dolby Digital 5.1.

5.1 DTS (Dedicated to Sound)

Roku players will only pass-through DTS audio. In order to decode the multi-channel surround sound, you must connect your Roku player via HDMI® or S/PDIF (optical) to a TV or A/V Receiver capable of decoding DTS.

Stereo and 5.1 AAC (Advanced Audio Coding)

Roku devices do not support stereo AAC pass-through. Instead, Stereo AAC is transcoded to PCM stereo.

Roku devices do not support 5.1 AAC pass-through. Roku TVs and some select Roku players decode 5.1 AAC to PCM stereo. For Roku devices that support Dolby Digital Decode, the audio will be down-mixed into stereo for headphone, internal speaker, and HDMI/ S/PDIF (optical) output. However, if the Roku player is connected via HDMI or S/PDIF (optical) to an A/V Receiver that supports Dolby Digital, the audio will be transcoded to Dolby Digital (AC3).

Check your Roku device specifications to determine its audio capabilities.

How do I play music or video?

  1. Select the media type from the Media Type selection screen.

  2. Choose the device that has the content you wish to play.

  3. Navigate through your folders to find the content you wish to play. If the desired file is in an unsupported file format, then it will not be displayed.

  4. When you find the content you wish to play press Select or Play.

  5. While playing, you can pause, skip forward and skip backwards using the Play/Pause, Forward and Rewind buttons on your Roku remote control. Note: Not all files support fast-forward and rewind.

  6. To stop playback, press Back.

Tips:

  • To play all the videos/music in a folder as a playlist, click Play on the folder.

  • Options for playback and browsing can be accessed by pressing on your remote.

  • You can add your own artwork for a video by creating a JPG or PNG file with the same name as the video, and copying it to the same folder as the video.

How can I convert my videos to play with Roku Media Player?

There are a number of tools for converting videos into a format that is playable on a Roku device. For more information, please visit the associated online support site. One of the more popular video conversion applications is called Handbrake. When using Handbrake, choose the preset option “Regular – High Profile” to create compatible videos for Roku Media Player.

Does Roku Media Player support movie subtitles?

Roku Media Player supports embedded subtitles in .mkv files. To choose a subtitle track use the button while the video is playing. Roku Media Player will automatically include subtitle tracks found in .SRT files. The .srt files must be saved in the same folder as the video. They must have the same name as the video and the .srt extension. To include multiple .srt files you must insert a language extension, for example movie.eng.srt or movie.ger.srt

Dolby is a registered trademark of Dolby Laboratories.


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