Question about Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

2 Answers

Movie Formats To Work With Xbox 360

What file formats do my movie files need to be to be able to run on the Xbox 360 so that I can store them and watch them from the hard drive?

Posted by on

  • 1 more comment 
  • supple21 Apr 05, 2009

    xbox 360 won't play a movie file from flash drive

  • heatheran9
    heatheran9 Feb 20, 2012

    I am sorry but that is not true, I play movies from my flash drive all the time. The only thing is that the download file needs to be a format the xbox 360 accepts and currently the only file it cannot accept is an MKV file.

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    i have a xbox 360 with a hard drive my friend let me borrow his hard drive to watch movies he has but i can't figure out how to do it

×

2 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

    Hot-Shot:

    An expert who has answered 20 questions.

    Corporal:

    An expert that has over 10 points.

    Mayor:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 34 Answers

As you may have heard, with the Xbox 360 Flash Fall 2006 System Update they are adding support for WMV video playback from new sources. Videos can be streamed from a PC running Windows Media Connect, Windows Media Player 11, or the new Zune client player, and can also be played from Optical Disc and most USB mass storage devices. For all these sources, only the WMV video file format and codecs are supported. How do I know if a video file will work on the Xbox 360? Currently only the Windows Media Video (WMV) file format and codecs are supported. If you have a file with a ?.wmv? extension, then the odds are pretty good that it will work. Technical details on the types of files we support can be found at the end of this post, but the easiest way to find out if a file will work or not is to just try it. Hopefully after you click play the video will show up on your display, but if the content is not supported you will simply get an ?Unplayable Content? message blade from the side of the screen and then be returned to the Video blade. How do I create videos that will play on my Xbox 360? Windows Movie Maker, a standard feature of Windows XPSP2, will output WMV video files compatible with the Xbox 360 console. Either use the default settings when you finish a movie and click ?Save to my computer,? or just make sure that the output video format you select shows the file type as ?Windows Media Video (WMV).? Videos will usually look best when they are closest to the original resolution that they were created with. Try to create video files at least 360 pixels high in vertical resolution in order to minimize content upscaling on the console. If you decide you want finer control of the output video file format, download a version of Windows Media Encoder (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/) and then start encoding away. Optimal size and bitrate settings will vary depending on the source material you are encoding. As a general guideline though, 1.5 Mbps is a typical bitrate that should be suitable for most standard definition content, and 8 Mbps is a common bitrate for high definition content. Can I get more technical details about the kinds of files you support? WMV video files with the extension ?.wmv? are stored in a generic file container format known as ASF. ASF files can contain many different types of codecs within them. Xbox 360 supports most common WMV video codecs, as seen in the following chart: Supported Video Codecs: Name FourCC Windows Media Video 7 WMV1 Windows Media Video 8 WMV2 Windows Media Video 9 WMV3 Windows Media Video 9 Advanced Profile WVC1 There are some files with ?.wmv? extension that may play on a PC, but are unsupported on the Xbox 360 console. Windows Media Screen, Windows Media 9 Image (Photostory), and some older Microsoft codecs are unsupported, as seen in the following chart: Unsupported Codecs: Name FourCC Microsoft MPEG-4 Video Codec V3 MP43 Microsoft MPEG-4 Video Codec V2 MP42 Microsoft MPEG-4 Video Codec V1 MP41 Windows Media Screen V9 MSS2 Windows Media Screen V7 MSS1 Windows Media Video 9 Image WMVP Windows Media Video 9 Image v2 WVP2 ISO MPEG-4 Video V1 MP4S Anamorphic content with nonsquare pixels is currently unsupported on Xbox 360 console, and will be displayed as if the pixels were square. If you want to play such content on your console, it is recommended that you re-encode the content in a square pixel format.

Posted on May 26, 2007

  • oudinmelanie Nov 19, 2010

    The video formats that xbox 360 supports are listed below:

    File Extensions: .wmv
    Video Profiles: WMV7, WMV8, WMV9, VC-1 (WVC1 or WMVA) in


    Xbox 360 video format - AVI
    Xbox 360 supports the following for Xbox 360 video format AVI:

    File Extensions: .avi, .divx
    Video Profiles: MPEG-4 Part 2, Simple, Advanced Simple Profile

    Xbox 360 video format - H.264
    Xbox 360 supports the following for Xbox 360 video format H.264:

    File Extensions: .mp4, .m4v, mp4v, .mov
    Containers: MPEG-4, QuickTime
    Video Profiles: Baseline, main, and high (up to Level 4.1) profiles.


    Xbox 360 video format - MPEG-4
    Xbox 360 supports the following for Xbox 360 video format MPEG-4:

    File Extensions: .mp4, .m4v, .mp4v, .mov
    Containers: MPEG-4, QuickTime
    Video Profiles: Simple, **Advanced Simple Profile

    If you got a video file and want to convert and put it to your Xbox 360 for playing, you have to use a xbox decoder to transcode video files to a xbox playable video formats listed above.

    The program I am using is Aunsoft Video Converter which is able to convert your video to xbox WMV.

    Hope it is useful.



    http://www.aunsoft.com/video-converter/

×

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

    Habit-Forming:

    Visited the website for 3 consecutive days.

    Corporal:

    An expert that has over 10 points.

    Welcome Back:

    Visited the website for 2 consecutive days.

  • Contributor
  • 10 Answers

Here's a list of supported video formats for the Xbox 360:
.avi
.divx
.wmv
.mp4,
.m4v
.mp4v
.mov

Moreover, you can play Blu-ray videos on your Xbox 360, too.
Here's a guide to show you how to do this.
http://www.leawo.org/tutorial/how-to-rip-and-convert-blu-ray-to-xbox-360-with-blu-ray-to-xbox-360-ripper.html

Posted on May 06, 2016

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi,
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
goodluck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

I cant open movie


If your are talking about a xbox 360 console and you can't play a movie, sometimes its because the movie isn't in one of the supported video formats or is copyright protected. Here are some of the movie formats the 360 will support:
.m4v .mp4v .mov .avi (newer .avi files) .DivX .wmv
You may want to get movies in these formats, or get a converter to convert the format into one of these that will play on your 360, hope this helps!
-Ryan


Mar 07, 2011 | Video Game Consoles & Games

1 Answer

I need to find out how to update this system its a brand new system and i want to watch movies off of the flash drive can you help me


Plug your xbox 360 in to a router with internet access or alternatively use a wireless network if you are able using the instructions provided on the xbox 360.
It should update automatically to the latest version of software.
Currently the xbox 360 supports file formats of AVI, WMV, MPEG - 4 Part 2, H.264 and QuickTime movie formats. The file extensions included are as follows: .avi, .divx, .wmv, .mp4, .m4v, .mp4v, and .mov.
Make sure that the movie you want to play is on of these formats.
To check the format that the movie is in, just view its properties window.
There are many video converters out there that will allow you to change the format of a movie if it is no compatible. Simply go to download.com and search for "video converter" or "movie converter".
Hope this helps!

Mar 06, 2011 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

1 Answer

Unable to play a movie from a memory stick


The memory stick must be formatted to FAT32 and the video files have to be supported by the Xbox 360, AVI and WMV work for sure, Xbox's website has more formats listed. Hope it helps!

Nov 06, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

7 Answers

How do i convert a .mov file so it can run on microsoft windows movie maker


i used Nidesoft total video converter
it's support all popular video format

Sep 19, 2009 | Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium with...

1 Answer

Info from my comp to the 360?


The only way to see video files from the comp on the 360 is to stream the files You can do this only if u got Windows Media Center And if so the only formats it plays are: , DVR-MS, MPEG-1, MPEG-2 WMV So if you want to see movies in other formats you got to convert them first Good luck

Feb 23, 2006 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

1 Answer

Information from computer to 360


The only way to watch video files from the computer to the 360 is to stream them, which can only be done if you have Windows Media Center. Even then, the only formats that it would play are DVR-MS, MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and WMV. So if you want to watch movies that are in quicktime, divx, avi formats or any other, you would first have to convert them into the supported formats.

Feb 22, 2006 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

Not finding what you are looking for?
Microsoft Xbox 360 Console Logo

17,651 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Microsoft Video Game Consoles & Games Experts

marley mcelhinney

Level 3 Expert

490 Answers

Tre Elkins

Level 3 Expert

643 Answers

Mike Neath
Mike Neath

Level 3 Expert

315 Answers

Are you a Microsoft Video Game Console and Game Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...