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    Encoding MP4 / MKV for playback on TV with USB

    Does anyone have a profile or settings for encoding video to play on a Philips 5000 series LED TV?

    I'm on a Mac and I've tried with Handbrake, VisualHub and RoadMovie but I guess I dont have the settings right as I can't access or play the files from the USB.

    Any help would be much appreciated.

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    Did you have a look at the codec table?
    http://www.supportforum.philips.com/...and-Blu-ray%29

    If so, which settings did you try?

    Maybe you can post the MediaInfo from a video that does not work?

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    Whats is your source material that you're converting using HandBrake?

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    Here's the MediaInfo text: the source file is an AVI.

    General
    Unique ID : 250001502427885091557532003588540879129 (0xBC1489B830A339BA8495E9C356AA5119)
    Complete name : /Users/HenryFool/Desktop/test.mkv
    Format : Matroska
    Format version : Version 2
    File size : 727 MiB
    Duration : 1h 30mn
    Overall bit rate : 1 127 Kbps
    Writing application : HandBrake 0.9.5
    Writing library : libmkv 0.6.4.1

    Video
    ID : 1
    Format : AVC
    Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec
    Format profile : Main@L3.0
    Format settings, CABAC : No
    Format settings, ReFrames : 2 frames
    Codec ID : V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC
    Duration : 1h 30mn
    Bit rate : 881 Kbps
    Width : 640 pixels
    Height : 336 pixels
    Display aspect ratio : 1.905
    Frame rate mode : Variable
    Frame rate : 25.000 fps
    Color space : YUV
    Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
    Bit depth : 8 bits
    Scan type : Progressive
    Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.164
    Stream size : 568 MiB (78%)
    Writing library : x264 core 112
    Encoding settings : cabac=0 / ref=2 / deblock=1:0:0 / analyse=0x1:0 / me=hex / subme=9 / psy=1 / psy_rd=1.00:0.00 / mixed_ref=1 / me_range=16 / chroma_me=1 / trellis=1 / 8x8dct=0 / cqm=0 / deadzone=21,11 / fast_pskip=1 / chroma_qp_offset=-2 / threads=6 / sliced_threads=0 / nr=0 / decimate=0 / interlaced=0 / constrained_intra=0 / bframes=3 / b_pyramid=0 / b_adapt=1 / b_bias=0 / direct=1 / weightb=0 / open_gop=0 / weightp=0 / keyint=250 / keyint_min=25 / scenecut=40 / intra_refresh=0 / rc_lookahead=40 / rc=crf / mbtree=1 / crf=18.0 / qcomp=0.60 / qpmin=3 / qpmax=51 / qpstep=4 / vbv_maxrate=2200 / vbv_bufsize=2200 / crf_max=0.0 / ip_ratio=1.40 / aq=1:1.00 / nal_hrd=none
    Language : English
    Default : Yes
    Forced : No
    Color primaries : BT.601-6 525, BT.1358 525, BT.1700 NTSC, SMPTE 170M
    Transfer characteristics : BT.709-5, BT.1361
    Matrix coefficients : BT.601-6 525, BT.1358 525, BT.1700 NTSC, SMPTE 170M

    Audio
    ID : 2
    Format : AC-3
    Format/Info : Audio Coding 3
    Mode extension : CM (complete main)
    Codec ID : A_AC3
    Duration : 1h 30mn
    Bit rate mode : Constant
    Bit rate : 224 Kbps
    Channel(s) : 2 channels
    Channel positions : Front: L R
    Sampling rate : 48.0 KHz
    Bit depth : 16 bits
    Compression mode : Lossy
    Stream size : 144 MiB (20%)
    Default : Yes
    Forced : No

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    Strange that you say the file is an AVI yet MediaInfo says it's contents is actually MKV (Matroska). You could try simply renaming it as .mkv instead of .avi and see does that fix it.

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    The source file is an AVI - I'm encoding it to a MKV

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    Sorry, I get you now.

    Are you sure your 5000 can play mkv?
    Taking a quick look at that codec spread sheet that smart posted it says for 2009 5000 series they don't play mkv. Is yours a 2009 model?

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    We just bought it a month ago so I guess it's a current model

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    It obviously doesn't play the original .avi either? Could you post Media Info details of the original avi?

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    General
    Complete name : /Users/HenryFool/Desktop/test.avi
    Format : AVI
    Format/Info : Audio Video Interleave
    File size : 699 MiB
    Duration : 1h 30mn
    Overall bit rate mode : Variable
    Overall bit rate : 1 084 Kbps
    Writing application : VirtualDubMod 1.5.10.2 (build 2540/release)
    Writing library : VirtualDubMod build 2540/release

    Video
    ID : 0
    Format : MPEG-4 Visual
    Format profile : Advanced Simple@L5
    Format settings, BVOP : 2
    Format settings, QPel : No
    Format settings, GMC : No warppoints
    Format settings, Matrix : Default (H.263)
    Codec ID : XVID
    Codec ID/Hint : XviD
    Duration : 1h 30mn
    Bit rate : 931 Kbps
    Width : 640 pixels
    Height : 336 pixels
    Display aspect ratio : 1.905
    Frame rate : 25.000 fps
    Color space : YUV
    Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
    Bit depth : 8 bits
    Scan type : Progressive
    Compression mode : Lossy
    Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.173
    Stream size : 600 MiB (86%)
    Writing library : XviD 1.2.1 (UTC 2008-12-04)

    Audio
    ID : 1
    Format : MPEG Audio
    Format version : Version 1
    Format profile : Layer 3
    Mode : Joint stereo
    Mode extension : MS Stereo
    Codec ID : 55
    Codec ID/Hint : MP3
    Duration : 1h 30mn
    Bit rate mode : Variable
    Bit rate : 144 Kbps
    Channel(s) : 2 channels
    Sampling rate : 48.0 KHz
    Compression mode : Lossy
    Stream size : 90.4 MiB (13%)
    Alignment : Aligned on interleaves
    Interleave, duration : 24 ms (0.60 video frame)
    Interleave, preload duration : 514 ms
    Writing library : LAME3.98
    Encoding settings : -m j -V 4 -q 3 -lowpass 17.5 --abr 144

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    Very odd. According to the codec spread sheet 2011 TVs should be able to play that avi as it is.
    I'm a bit stumped.

    If it was me I'd try and make a "regular" .mp4 file. MKV and AVIs cover a massive range of video and audio codecs and TVs with limited functionality most likely won't be able to handle all the permutations.

    I'd load the avi into HandBrake, Select the Normal profile, Choose MP4 format then hit Browse and select where you want your file to be saved AND rename the extension as .mp4 (instead of .m4v) and let hand brake convert it.

    You should end up with a regular .mp4 that the TV should be able to play.

    Just to check, you say you can't access the files via USB. Can you access photos or anything from the USB drive on the TV? It may be the drive isn't formatted properly (for the TV). It should be FAT 32 (MS-DOS(FAT) in Mac speak)
    Last edited by mike tv; 01-13-2012 at 11:22 AM.

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    Maybe too late?

    I think your problem is this handbrake-setting:

    Frame rate mode : Variable

    I know, almost all (or maybe all) of the Pre-Settings use this in Handbrake. Still it did not work with my Blu-Ray-Player. Change that to "Constant Frame Rate" and you might be fine.

    By the way, variable "frame rate" is not the same as the usual "variable bit rate". It means the resulting streams doesn't run constantly with (for example) 25 fps but changes THIS rate, according to the found material.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HenryFool View Post
    Does anyone have a profile or settings for encoding video to play on a Philips 5000 series LED TV?

    I'm on a Mac and I've tried with Handbrake, VisualHub and RoadMovie but I guess I dont have the settings right as I can't access or play the files from the USB.

    Any help would be much appreciated.
    If you use Handbrake, chose H.264 as video codec, uncheck large file size and make sure that file extension is .mp4

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